Sacred Wish Looks To Stay Clean On the Green In Valley View

Sacred Wish | Susie Raisher


The GIII Bank of America Valley View S. kicks off the graded action on the final two days of the fall meeting at Keeneland, and a mostly evenly matched group of sophomore fillies will head to the post.

Sacred Wish (Not This Time) was something other than a failure on the main track, with placings in the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks–in her first start following a private acquisition by a partnership group headed up by Black Type Thoroughbreds and Swinbank Stable–and a near miss behind Wet Paint (Blame) in the GI CCA Oaks in July. The dark bay never reached contention in the GI Alabama S. after some problems getting out of the gate and tried the turf for the first time in the Sept. 15 Winter Memories S. at Aqueduct. She took to it beautifully, coming away late to score comfortably and looks to have trained on strongly since.

Klaravich Stable homebred Surge Capacity (Flintshire {GB}) is the 3-1 favorite on the morning line and with good reason, as she won Saratoga's GIII Lake George S. at second asking July 21, where she had Secret Money (Good Samaritan) back in third, and was second best to stablemate Aspray (Quality Road) in the GII Lake Placid S. Aug. 19. Secret Money did her part to flatter the Lake George form when edging next-out Glen Cove S. winner Danse Macabre (Army Mule) in the 6 1/2-furlong GIII Music City S. at Kentucky Downs Sept. 2.

Trainer Jessica Harrington sends in Moyglare Stud homebred Eternal Silence (War Front) for her U.S. debut. Third to the recently retired Tahiyra (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) in the Group 1 stakes sponsored by her owner last fall, the bay won her maiden by 11 lengths going a mile a Naas June 28 and exits a fourth in listed company at Killarney the following month. Shane Foley ships in to ride.

So rich in quality is the Valley View that three fillies that have already struck at the graded level are no better than bit players. The rail-drawn Heavenly Sunday (Candy Ride {Arg}) wired Churchill's GII Edgewood S. May 5, while Safeen (War Front) picked up her graded score in the GIII Pucker Up S. at Ellis in August. The most intriguing of this trio is Abundancia (California Chrome), a Group 2 winner on the dirt in Peru and Group 1 placed on both surfaces.

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