Valadorna made a big run in her debut at Churchill Downs in September, after breaking slowly. She closed stoutly to finish second to Sweet Bernardina.
The public took notice and sent her off at 4-5 on opening day of the Keeneland Fall Meet, and she didn’t disappoint, going three wide turning for home and drawing off to a six-and-a-quarter length score in 1:44.47 for the mile and sixteenth maiden race.
The daughter of Curlin races as a homebred for Stonestreet Stables. Stonestreet, in partnership, also raced her sire Curlin, who won the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic, 2007 Preakness Stakes and 2008 Dubai World Cup, all grade ones. He was Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008, as well as divisional Eclipse winner both years. Curlin retired as the all-time North American money winner, with earnings of over $10.5 million before entering stud.
Stonestreet has come close to winning the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies before, finishing third with Dreaming of Julia in 2012 and second with Rachel’s Valentina last year.
Trainer Mark Casse secured his first two Breeders’ Cup victories last year at Keeneland, taking the Mile with Tepin and the Juvenile Fillies Turf with Catch a Glimpse.