Where as Ogermeister’s path to the auction ring and ownership by Wesley Ward is pretty straight forward, Silver Valley’s journey is quite a bit more circuitous. Helen Andrews of Twin Hopes Farm bred Silver Valley. According to Breeders’ Cup Bios, Helen was born in 1932 and resides in Cincinnati, OH.
By her own description, Twin Hopes is a one-woman operation. Ms. Andrews said she operates the 69-acre Twin Hopes Farm “all by my lonesome, with some good advice from my friends in Kentucky.” I’d say she is getting some pretty good advice. After buying the farm in 1984, thoroughbred breeding for sale and racing was initiated in 1992. The farm employs a broodmare band of 15 to 20 mares that are shuttled back and forth to Kentucky. The farm’s own horses have competed in Ohio as well as nearby states such as Iowa.
Perhaps the best horse bred at the farm was Forest Music by Unbridled’s Song out of Defer West by Gone West. During the bulk of her career she was owned by Michael Gill and trained by Mark Shuman. She was ultimately sold to Stone Street Stables and trained by Steve Asmussen for her last few starts.
She won a maiden special weight at Laurel Park in her two-year-old debut, a 5-furlong sprint, by 8 ½ lengths in October 2003, and three weeks later ran in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Grade 1, 1 1/16 mile on the dirt at Santa Anita. Perhaps not surprising, she ran 14th in a 14-horse field and was listed as gave way, with Richard Mandella winning with Halfbridled on his way to his unprecedented four Breeders’ Cup wins. She recovered nicely and won a Grade 3 Stakes race at Pimlico her fifth time out. In 18 career starts, she was a multiple graded stakes winner with 6 wins, 1 place and 5 shows.
It was from this successful and creative Ohio based thoroughbred operation that Panorama Valley was bred to Silver Train. Panorama Valley is a stakes winning mare that won 3 times in 4 starts including the Silver Maiden Stakes and the Prairie Golden Lassie Stakes. She is by Peaks and Valleys out of a non-winner second dam Aurora Cielo. The sire of Peaks and Valleys is Mt. Livermore. This pairing is granted an A ++ rating by True Nicks with a variant of 287.99. This is the same cross as Silver Ocean, a graded stakes winner by Silver Train out of Endless Sea by Mt. Livermore, who is still racing and has earned over $341,000 with a 28 6 6 2 career mark.
Silver Valley was chosen as one of the foals to be put in the sales ring by Two Hopes Farm. She was entered in the Keeneland November Sale in 2011 as hip number 3549. She was RNA’d with a top bid of $9000. She was next entered in the Fasig Tipton October 2012, Sale as hip number 241. This time she caught an acceptable bid and was sold to Simmons & Associates for $25,000. Simmons entered her back in the Fasig Tipton April 2013 sale looking for a potential pin hook profit. Instead she RNA’d at $16,000. If you can’t sell them, race them, and race her they did. Silver Valley appeared in a Maiden Special Weight at Lone Star Park under the capable training of Bobby Jenkins. Silver Valley’s debut was a success with her winning by 4 ¾ lengths in a 5-furlong sprint against a field of 7.
This performance did not go unnoticed and ownership of Silver Valley moved to up and coming Bowman Racing LLC owned by Ted Bowman with Ron Moquett picking up training responsibilities. Her second start was ambitious, the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs, 6 ½ furlongs, with Shaun Bridgeman up. Silver Valley finished a respectable 4th.
Graded Stakes company in the Schuylerville Stakes Grade 3 at Saratoga was next up. In a race that came up with more like a Grade 1 field than a Grade 3, that was decided by a dead heat between Brazen and Bahnah, Silver Valley finished 5th with the number one jockey in the U.S. Joel Rosario up. Having raced in three different venues during her brief three-month career, Silver Valley’s connections undaunted entered her in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes on August 3rd, 2013, hiring Ricardo Santana Jr. for the ride. Their confidence was rewarded by her 4-length win over a 9-horse field at a distance of 6 furlongs on a tight turn dirt track.
In four months of racing, Silver Valley has had two owners, four jockeys and raced at four different tracks in three stakes races. She has handled it all very professionally notching two wins. The versatility and competitive spirit demonstrated by Silver Valley in her four-month campaign augers for significant future success. Winning a graded stakes race seems to be only a matter of time.