Valjean Wins Miss Olene

Valiant Hero filly provides mild upset.

April 23, 2012

Having just won her second career race on March 18, Valjean was given the opportunity to step up into stakes company on Sunday at Remington Park. The $34,140 Miss Olene Stakes for 3-year-old fillies was the stage for her second consecutive win locally as she rallied to post a mild upset by a head over the favored Sumokin.

Owned by Vicky Tebow of Piedmont, Oklahoma, and trained by Guillermo Valdivia, Valjean came from behind in the 300-yard race under Randy Wilson. Sumokin, the 9-5 wagering favorite, was fastest from the starting gate but Wilson managed to get Valjean running when it counted in the final yards to just get up for the score in a quick :15.083 seconds over the fast track with a 20 mph tailwind.

Away from the starting gate at 9-2 in the wagering, Valjean paid $11.40 to win, $10.60 to place and $5 to show. Sumokin returned $4.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Folly Del Rey was third and paid $5.20 to show.

The stakes win is the third career triumph from 11 starts for Valjean, an Oklahoma-bred filly by Valiant Hero from the Strawfly Special mare Thanks Jens. She was bred by the Lawton, Oklahoma, team of You And Me Partners, comprised of Bud Hill and the late Terry Bell, just recently inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park.

Valjean earned $20,034 for the Miss Olene win, nearly doubling her lifetime bankroll to $42,353.

The Miss Olene Stakes is named after the mare of the same name that finished third in the inaugural All American Futurity in 1959 for owner Bruce Green of Purcell, Oklahoma. After her racing career she became a tremendous producer of racing American Quarter Horses.