Valley Loot regains form in older females Sire Stakes

After a year with more downs than ups, Valley Loot reminded fans why she is the state’s defending three-time horse of the year with a hard-fought win in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes for older fillies and mares, an astounding fourth straight victory for the mare in the series of races.

The six-year-old Demaloot Demashoot mare broke alertly and battled Guns And Giggles for the lead coming out the gate. She settled back to third behind Guns And Giggles and She Could Be Good as the field made its first pass under the wire. Guns And Giggles stayed a couple paths off the rail down the straightaway and entered the first turn with a length advantage. The top three were each separated by about a length heading into the backstretch in the same order as they came into the turn. The two trailers began to draw closer to Guns And Giggles on the backetretch, with Valley Loot making the boldest bid three wide.

As the field entered the final turn, Valley Loot had drawn even with Guns And Giggles, while Baba Booyah moved up from the second flight to challenge She Could Be Good for third. Valley Loot quickly disposed of the pacesetter, but was then faced with a rapidly gaining Baba Booyah on her outside. The defending champion led her challenger by a half length at the top of the stretch, and under heavy urging by jockey Federico Mata, began to pull away. Baba Booyah attempted to re-rally at the sixteenth pole but could not reach the winner before the wire.

Valley Loot finished a half length ahead of Baba Booyah for her first win of 2010. Secret Candy improved her position late to finish third, five lengths behind the runner-up.

Valley Loot completed the mile and one eighth race in 1:56.23 over a fast dirt surface. She was the field’s second choice at odds of 2.40-to-one.

Bred in Michigan by Marilyn McMaster, Valley Loot is owned by Lisa Campbell and trained by Ronald Allen, Sr.. Both Campbell and jockey Mata finished the day with three wins in the six Sire Stakes races.

With her fourth Sire Stakes win in five starts in the series, Valley Loot improved her career record to 14 wins from 32 starts. Her career earnings now total $584,885.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

1 – Valley Loot (Federico Mata) 6.80 / 3.80 / 2.40
7 – Baba Booyah (Jeffrey Skerrett) 5.00 / 3.40
8 – Secret Candy (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 6.20

One Mile and One Eighth
Time: 1:56.23

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5 responses to “Valley Loot regains form in older females Sire Stakes

  1. Old Time Race Fan

    On a separate note (but regarding mares) I saw on your “Claim Box” where someone suggested Rachel Alexandra might be a finalist for the Eclipse for older filly or mare. Has the world gone completely crazy? Last year she was awesome, but this year she struggled to beat allowance horses.
    Tell me this is somebody’s idea of a joke!!!!

  2. mibredclaimer

    Actually, the Claim Box stuff comes from my Twitter account. I don’t think Rachel has much of a case for an older mare Eclipse nomination either, but if Zenyatta wins the division unanimously, it’s not implausible to imagine Rachel getting tacked on as a token finalist based on name recognition and her 10+ length win in the Fleur De Lis. I was just trolling the waters to see if anybody else saw that as a possibility, too. No bites, though.

  3. Old Time Race Fan

    Sorry, but I believe that the only bites on that will be the most extreme Rachel fans. When you have Zenyatta; Blind Luck; Havre de Grace; to name just a few, it makes no sense whatsoever to name her off one graded stakes win.

  4. mibredclaimer

    Blind Luck and Havre de Grace would be competing for the three-year-old filly Eclipse, but I definitely agree that Rachel is not a legit contender for a nomination.

  5. Old Time Race Fan

    Joe, you are correct. I erred on the ages of Blind Luck and Havre. Thanks for catching me on that. Just because they’re likely to run in the Ladies Classic, I lumped them together.

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