Gestut Fahrhof’s homebred Quidura powered away down the stretch to win Friday’s G3 Valley View Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths at Keeneland. The 3-year-old daughter of Dubawi, ridden by Junior Alvarado, covered 1 1/16 miles over the soft turf course in 1:45.86 for trainer Graham Motion, his fourth graded win of the fall meet.
“She’s always shown a lot of signs (of being good) from the first time we worked her,” said Motion’s assistant Alice Clapham. “Everything’s worked out great.”
Crooked Stick was best out of the starting gates, but was quickly overtaken by Sky My Sky and My Impression to take up the leading spots. Sky My Sky led My Impression by a half length through early fractions of :24.36 and :47.90, with Crooked Stick along the rail in third. Quidura was just to her outside in fourth, followed by Linda and Leafy Shade. Entering the far turn, My Impression drew even with Sky My Sky as Crooked Stick looked for room along the rail to move up.
Quidura swung three-wide into the stretch as My Impression took over the lead. My Impression was very late to change leads in the stretch, allowing Quidura to run her down with a powerful outside rally and draw away to a 1 1/2-length victory. Linda went wider around the turn and closed well to be second, with My Impression checking in third. Crooked Stick held on to finish fourth.
“I thought I had a great trip,” said Alvarado. “She broke very good. She put herself right away in a nice position. I waited as long as I could. Turning for home, I put her in the clear. She gave me a nice run at the end. I didn’t think (the soft turf) was going to bother her because she had won (over good ground) before. I was hoping she wouldn’t mind it at all. She handled it fine.”
Bred in Great Britain by her owner, Quidura began her career with a win first out in Germany, then finished poorly in a Group 3 stake. Transferred to the US and Motion’s barn, Quidura won an allowance race at Belmont Park, and the Valley View marks the filly’s first graded victory. Overall, she boasts three wins from four starts, with earnings of $ 140,000.
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