Antoinette Oppenheimer’s Valiant Girl held off the
hard-charging Parranda to capture the $60,000 Omnibus Stakes at Monmouth Park on
Saturday by a diminishing head.
H. Graham Motion, Valiant Girl stepped the about mile and three eighths on firm
turf in 2:21.95. The winner returned
$17.40, $7.80 and $3.80 and topped an $83.60 exacta. Parranda paid $5.80 to place and $3 to
show. It was another length and a half
back to post-time favorite Tabreed, who paid $2.20 to show.
settled nicely,” said winning jockey Forest Boyce. “I was told to just ride my race. I moved when the time was right for me and
everything worked out. It got close at
the end, but my filly was very game.”
Bred in Great Britain,
Valiant Girl is a 4-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid from the Mark of Esteem
mare Victoria Cross. She sports a record
of 3-1-1 from 11 starts, good for $68,063 in earnings.
previous course record for the about mile and three eighths on turf with the
rail set out 24 feet was established by Approved by Dylan on Aug. 17, 2008,
when he stepped the distance in 2:22.69.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Sunday, Aug. 25 –
gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.