Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Possible For Valid

Virginia bred Valid will most likely make his next start in the Breeders Cup Mile after winning the Eight Miles West Stakes Saturday at the old Calder Racecourse, now known as Gulfstream Park West.

A $500,000 Keeneland yearling from the next to last crop of Ned Evan’s homebreds, Valid was purchased by Carolyn Vogel’s Crossed Sabres Farm for $115,000 at last October’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall sale. Valid continues to pay dividends for Vogel with his win Saturday. Since his purchase Valid has won the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup Stakes  in July and has placed in three other graded stakes, the Fred W. Hooper Handicap, the Salvator Mile stakes and the Philip H. Iselin stakes all Grade 3 events.

 

Valid winning the Grade II Monmouth Cup. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Valid winning the Grade II Monmouth Cup. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

“We tried a different tactic today. We wanted to see what we had,” said winning trainer Marcus Vitali. “I told Orlando (Bocachica) to let the speed go. We also had Midnight Cello in there. He scared me for a minute there. But Orlando said he had plenty left, and (Fernando) Jara said he was all out.” “He did everything so easy today,” said Bocachica. “I really just waited for him. When I asked him a little he did it all on his own.” Asked about Valid’s next start Vitali said he wanted to talk to Mrs. Vogel but “I think were excited to try the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.”