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Recent Race Results

Date Track Dist Cond Purse Finish
09/13/09WO1 3/8 MFirm$759007
07/02/09WO1 1/4 MFast$759007
05/18/09WO1 1/16 MFast$383009

Recent Workouts

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Don Valentino Home Page
Last Modified: Tuesday, 13th December, 2011 @ 10:26pm

Don Valentino is Sired by El Prado with a Dam of Speed to Burn.

Don Valentino is currently training with Adena Springs. Don Valentino is a 3yr old, and he has just made his debut racing in 2009.


Don Valentino - SOLD!
April 2ND, 2010

I got word via email from a fellow investor, Don, that Don Valentino was retired into the Adena Springs Retirement Program and subsequently sold.


"16.1hh grey 4 year old thoroughbred gelding.

Retired November 2009.

Kind Grey thoroughbred by El Prado. This handsome gelding is currently doing basic flat work. He has also been training as a lead pony for the racehorses. He hacks no problem, turns out well with others and has no vices. "

Link - Adena Springs Retirement - Don V

Don Valentino - Status Unknown
February 20TH, 2010

Don Valentino finished 7th in his last race at Woodbine in September of 2009. He was never really in contention and finished a ways back.

Since then he only has one workout to his name. Current Status Unknown? Training Unknown? Future plans for 2010, Unknown?

Don Valentino Race Results - Woodbine - PDF File

Third Time's the Charm?
September 13TH, 2009

Don Valentino will make his third start of the season on Sunday September 13th at Woodbine racetrack in Canada. The race is a Maiden Special Weight with a purse of $75,900. He will be going off at 10-1.

From the Track handicappers:

DON VALENTINO has been looking for the turf as his dam is a half sister to Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller; he had a more punctual work September 8th in 48.

Predicted Winners: Dutch Striker, and Hawk On The Hunt

A Second Go Around
July 1ST, 2009

Don Valentino will make his second start of the season on Thursday July 2nd at Woodbine racetrack in Canada. Were I not heading south for vacation this weekend I may have made the trip to see him run. The race is a Maiden Special Weight with a purse of $75,900. He will be in the 5th race, at 1 1/4 miles over the Turf. Jockey Jono C. Jones will ride him, and he is currently being trained by Brian Lynch.

Morning Line odds have him pegged at 8-1. Race time expected at 3:08pm.

Woodbine Handicapping Info:


Race Predictions (Bannon): Harvest Home, Altona Road, Naval Strike
Race Predictions Abernathy: Harvest Home, Naval Strike, Carcillo

DON VALENTINO is bred for turf being from the family of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Artie Schiller; when he debuted May 18th, he was on Poly track and was pinched back early and couldn’t find a level stride; moving to the turf should help his action; he has since worked on turf for Brian Lynch.
KARLENS has not been a factor to date on Poly track but will give the turf a try; he worked recently on turf in 59.1
NAVAL STRIKE was in against key runners in his return to the races May 29th and finished third with Altona Road second and that one is here; most recently, he looked like
he was headed for a high placing with a rating trip in traffic; however, an accident happened right in front of him and he went over downed rivals then was pulled up; he has come back with a work on turf and now moves to a footing that he should love; is by Smart Strike and is a half brother to Danceroftherealm, a stakes winner on turf.
HARVEST HOME is beautifully bred top and bottom for turf and stamina; he has been a fringe player so far; his only start this year came April 15th at Keeneland when he was on the edges; he resurfaces for Mark Frostad to go ten furlongs on turf.
CARCILLO stretched to nine furlong on Poly track May 31st in a race that featured a faltering late pace; he made a move towards the inside to be second then finally finished fourth in what was for the runner up, a prep for the Queen’s Plate; he now moves to turf, a footing for which he is bred; he worked on turf with Ramsammy June 24th in 1.14.
LANGARTIC is by Langfuhr and from the same dam that produced the stakes winner on turf, Woolloomooloo; he indicated little in a Poly track opener but now goes to turf.
FULL THROTTLE has indicated a good stride for turf in training works; he is from a good family and now moves to the lawn in this fourth start of the campaign; he seeks his
first career share.
TARGET DATE woke up second time out but was at the minimum level on Poly track; he has since run poorly; he now goes to turf an his sire was perfect on the lawn. KENSINGTON OVAL is by With Approval and so moving to the turf should be helpful; he tripped over a downed rival June 17th; Simon Husbands retains the mount.
PORT STANLEY showed some gradual improvement last time at a route for $32,000 when staying on; he is by Perfect Soul and now steps up to try turf.
REMEMBERING RYAN added lasix for a turf race at Fort Erie last time where he was seventh of twelve; he sees the Woodbine turf course for the first time.
ALTONA ROAD was victimized by the slow pace June 19th; his less fancied stable mate who finished second set reserved fractions; he moved in the stretch to be a sharp third and the winner was well regarded; he now gets on turf for the second time; he had initial xposure to the lawn in Florida earlier this year.

May 22ND, 2009

Don Valentino made his 2009 racing debut on Monday May 18th at Woodbine race course in Canada. He raced in Race 7, a Maiden Special Weight over a course of 1 1/16 miles of All Weather synthetic. Jockey Robert Landry guided him to a 9th place finish. He went off at what I felt were surprisingly low odds. I guess the Stronach/Adena name still caries some weight in Canada, despite the economic times and financial woes of the Stronachs.

Lets hope for more races, and better results to come. Past Performances and Race Results are attached in PDF form.

Don Valentino Past Performances - PDF File

Don Valentino Race Results - PDF File

Don Valentino Update
February 28TH, 2009

We got a brief ARV III update from Dave W. He says that Don Valentino has been working out steadily, and may be ready for a debut race in the next few weeks.


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