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12th Sep

2018

Lucia Valentina Shining in New Career

A three-time Grade 1 winner of over $4.3 million, Lucia Valentina’s accomplishments on the track will be hard to top. But if her first foal is any indication, she’s well on her way.  

Winning on debut and following it up with her first group stakes a few starts later in New Zealand, Lucia Valentina quickly found her way to Australia. It didn’t take her long to adapt to the new country, winning first time up in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes in a preview of things to come. Three Group 1 victories and a bevy of group placings later Lucia Valentine retired with over $4.3-million in earnings, beating some of the top horses in the sport.

Heading to Snitzel’s court for her first mating last year, ‘Lucia’ foaled a bay colt in early August. While there are always questions about what to expect from a maiden mare, those worries were soothed as soon as her colt hit the ground.

He’s an exceptional first foal and we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Mike Fleming. “It’s always a worry when the very good race mares come to foal, there is such a high expectation of them. You always worry about the type they are going to throw and how they are going to adapt to motherhood. In this case it has been a great result for everyone involved.”

One of the most anticipated foals at Bhima this year, the colt exceeded all expectations and proved to be well worth the wait. 

“It’s very pleasing to see such a great result for a mare of her calibre and now the investment has paid off with the result of such an outstanding foal,” Fleming said.

Lucia has taken to motherhood just as quickly as she had to racing. An attentive mother, her son made it challenging in the first few days when often exploring. But after first spending her time chasing him around the paddock, now she’s content to watch his antics from afar.

He is a very busy foal. For the first three days Lucia chased him around the paddock, now she just stands in the corner watching him run around. She is a very possessive mother and has adapted to motherhood well and that is showing in the quality of her foal.”

In the month since his birth, the already impressive colt has improved even more to be a real standout at the farm. While it’s still early days in Lucia’s broodmare career, if this colt is any indication, the light will continue to shine brightly on the mare for years to come.

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