Lovely Bernadette Gets Ground-Saving Trip to Win Pin Oak Valley View
Keeneland Press Release
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 20, 2017) – James Miller’s Lovely Bernadette swept by pacesetting I’m Betty G inside the sixteenth pole and had more than enough left to hold off favored Journey Home by 1½ lengths to win the 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View for 3-year-old fillies before a Friday afternoon crowd of 18,378.
Trained by Jimmy DiVito and ridden by Florent Geroux, Lovely Bernadette covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:42.80. It was the second victory in the race for Miller, whose Daisy Devine won the race in 2011.
I’m Betty G led the field of 13 through fractions of :23.67, :48.03 and 1:12.69 with only token pressure coming from Defiant Honor while Geroux had Lovely Bernadette tucked next to the rail in the second flight.
Turning for home, the top two spurted clear of the field. At the eighth pole, Lovely Bernadette swung to the outside and quickly passed Defiant Honor and shortly thereafter disposed of I’m Betty G, who lost the runner-up spot to Journey Home near the finish.
Lovely Bernadette is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Wilburn out of the Bernstein mare Inlovewithlove. The victory was worth $90,000 and increased her earnings to $390,613 with a record of 13-6-0-3. It was her first graded stakes victory.
Lovely Bernadette returned $11.60, $5.60 and $4.40. Journey Home, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $4.40 and $4 with I’m Betty G finishing a head back in third and paying $7.20 to show under Julien Leparoux.
Fault finished another 2¾ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Defiant Honor, Chastise, Sully’s Dream, Fizzy Friday, Let It Ride Mom, Princess La Quinta, Dolce Lili, Youngest Daughter and Ladies’ Privilege.
Racing continues Saturday with a 10-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. Headlining the card is the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) for 3-year-old fillies going 7 furlongs on the main track. Scheduled as the ninth race, post time for the Lexus Raven Run is 5:30 p.m.