04/19/2012 4:12PM

Aqueduct: Miss Valentine faces New York-breds in Northern Willy


Miss Valentine, a multiple listed stakes winner in open company as a 3-year-old, makes her 4-year-old debut against New York-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $75,000 Northern Willy Stakes at a mile.

Miss Valentine, trained by Christophe Clement, won the Serena’s Song at Monmouth and Mom’s Command at Belmont. Surprisingly, she finished second to Ava K. in a pair of New York-bred stakes.

Miss Valentine has not started since finishing fifth to Awesome Feather in the Grade 1 Gazelle last November at Aqueduct.

Great Gracie Dane, Bailzee, Lady Gracenote, and Risk a Chance complete the field.

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Pletcher wins first juvenile race

Trainer Todd Pletcher – surprise – sent out the winner of the first 2-year-old race of the year on this circuit when Shanghai Bobby rallied past speedster Ju Ju Eyeballs to win by four lengths.

Shanghai Bobby is a son of Harlan’s Holiday owned by Starlight Stable and ridden by Rosie Napravnik. He ran 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.95 seconds, just .35 of a second off the course record established by About to Burst in 1984.

Sent off as the even-money favorite in the field of six – five betting interests – Shanghai Bobby returned $4.20.

Fabersham tops closing-day card

Law Enforcement, who won the Hollie Hughes Stakes on Feb. 20, heads a competitive field of nine entered for Sunday’s $75,000 Fabersham Stakes, the closing-day feature at Aqueduct.

Law Enforcement from 12 lengths back to win the Hollie Hughes, his first win since he overcame colic surgery a couple of years ago. Alan Garcia rides Law Enforcement from post 7.

The remainder of the field consists of Be Bullish, third to Law Enforcement in the Hollie Hughes, Star of New York, Uncle T Seven, Mine Over Matter, Writingonthewall, Itsagoodtendollars, Wee Freudian, and Spa City Fever.

Following Sunday’s card, racing will move to Belmont beginning next Friday.