07/16/2011 7:06PM

Monmouth Park: Miss Valentine best in Serena's Song

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Miss Valentine, with Joe Bravo riding, wins the Serena's Song.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Miss Valentine made her first road trip a winning one, beating Withgreatpleasure by three lengths on Saturday in the $76,350 Serena's Song Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park.

The Serena's Song is the prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 13.

Miss Valentine, a New York-bred who had not previously raced outside her native state for trainer Christophe Clement, settled not far off the pace with Joe Bravo aboard while Coco Ecolo set the pace.

"There was a good honest pace," Bravo said.

Miss Valentine ranged into contention on the final turn and pulled clear with a furlong to go. Withgreatpleasure came on to get second while Coco Ecolo held on for third.

The 2-1 favorite, Miss Valentine paid $6.40 to win as she ran the one mile, 70 yards in 1:41.35.

It was only the second start in open company for Miss Valentine, a homebred for Waterville Lake Stables.

** Apprentice jockey Alice Cartwright broke her right hand when she was unseated by Angels Way just before the fourth race.

"She'll likely miss the next four weeks," said Dr. Angelo Chinnici, Monmouth Park's medical director.

A 24-year-old native of Shrewsbury, England, Cartwright has ridden 2 winners in 21 mounts at the meet.