Description: Venus Valentine (KY) CH , F, foaled February 26, 2013 (Congrats - Valentine Fever, by Stormin Fever) jumps to the top of the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard with a last to first victory in the 8.5 furlong $200K Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds February 20, 2016, Jockey Corey Lanerie and Venus Valentine appeared to be out for a morning gallop as they trailed early and entirely out of the race. Loveable Lyss and Finley'sluckycharm set the pace around the Clubhouse turn and up the back stretch. Midnight On Oconee tracked the leaders in third and Shaken was following in mid pack along the rail. As they rounded the far turn Midnight On Oconee came to the leaders along the outside and Stageplay loomed the danger on the far outside. Stageplay didn't kick it in and Midnight On Oconee took the lead and looked the winner at the 1/16 marker. However, Venus Valentine hugged the rail around the far turn, stayed her course down the lane and was making up ground. She appeared to be beaten at the 1/8th pole but with a half furlong to run she accelerated to get the win from Midnight On Oconee by a length. Shaken came along for the show 1/2 length further back. Venus Valentine is 2-0-0 from 5 starts and she has earned $145,185. She is a homebred of Rosemont Farm and she is being trained by Thomas Amoss. The Rachel Alexandra is a Road To The Oaks Championship Series race and the first four finishers earned points (50-20-10-5) towards a start in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs May 6th. Royal Obsession was fourth. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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