LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 22) Gestuf Faerhof’s Quidura (GB) will continue racing as a 4-year-old next year after winning Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) by 1¼ lengths under Junior Alvarado.
The stakes marked the fourth graded stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet for trainer Graham Motion and ties a meet record shared by Ben Jones, D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher.
“It is one of those things you always hope for but you never dream it would really happen,” Motion’s assistant Alice Clapham said of the milestone. “Our horses just seem to be getting really good at this time of year.”
Tentative plans call for Quidura to receive a winter vacation before returning to action next year. In capturing the Pin Oak Valley View, the daughter of Dubawi earned her first stakes victory while improving her record to 4-3-0-0 and $141,777 in earnings.
“Our plan was to run her here and see what happened,” Clapham said. “The owners are really excited and it looks like she will run next year, which will be very exciting.”
Trainer Ian Wilkes said Whitham Thoroughbreds’ homebred Linda, the Pin Oak Valley View runner-up, likely would point to the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25.
“I was very pleased with her yesterday, and she’s fine this morning,” Wilkes said of the daughter of Scat Daddy who was making her stakes debut. “The plan next is the Mrs. Revere.”
Linda has two wins and Friday’s runner-up finish in her three turf starts after beginning her career on dirt.
“I guess I was a slow learner,” Wilkes said with a laugh of moving the filly to the grass. “She had run good on the dirt. Since we put her on the turf, she has done very well.”
Reeve McGaughey, assistant to his father, Shug, said Pin Oak Valley View third-place finisher My Impression will ship back to McGaughey’s 20-horse division at Fair Hill training center in Maryland. Future plans are undecided.
“She ran well,” Reeve McGaughey said. “I don’t think she liked the soft turf but she handled it. She seems to have come out of it in good order.”