Monthly Archives: September 2015

$300,000 Virginia-bred Stakes Day Recap from Sept. 26 at Laurel

Two Notch Road and Rose Brier successfully defended their 2014 titles in Saturday’s $300,000 Virginia-bred Stakes Extravaganza at Laurel Park which featured five $60,000 stakes. The former captured a one length score in the Punch Line Stakes while the latter won by two lengths in the Bert Allen Stakes. Interestingly, the same jockeys that guided both to stakes wins in the 2014 editions were atop in the 2015 stakes — Julian Pimentel with Two Notch… Continue reading

2011 Virginia Derby Connections Score Saturday in Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel Park

(LAUREL, MD. — 09/26/2015) —- The owner-trainer connections of 2011 Virginia Derby winner Air Support were back in the winner’s circle Saturday, scoring impressively with Onus in the 11th running of the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (Gr. 3) at Laurel Park. The Oaks, presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance, was the highlight of a card that included five $60,000 Virginia-bred stakes races.

The 3 year old Blame filly, rated nicely from off the pace, stormed past… Continue reading

Boucher Stable Kicks Off Va-Bred Stakes Day at Laurel By Winning the Brookemeade Stakes

Complete St. came from mid-pack and swept by the front runners in deep stretch to kick off Virginia-bred Stakes Day at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon (Sept. 26) with a victory in the $60,000 Brookemeade.  Fittingly, jockey Horacio Karamanos, leading all time rider at Colonial Downs, guided the effort atop the winner for trainer Lilith Boucher. “We’re having a nice run with Virginia-breds this week,” said husband Richard Boucher. The Boucher stable finished one-two last Sunday in… Continue reading

A Preview of Virginia-Bred Stakes Day, this Saturday 9/26 at Laurel Park

(Warrenton, VA — 9/25/2015) —- Fields have been drawn and are now set for Saturday’s Virginia-bred Stakes Extravaganza at Laurel Park. The $300,000 event features five Virginia-bred stakes that each carry a $60,000 purse along with the 11th running of the Grade III, $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance.

2014 Punch Line champ Two Notch Road returns Saturday to defend his title as he squares off against nine other turf sprinters in the… Continue reading

Friday At Keeneland

Friday is the next to last session for the Keeneland September yearling sales. All three Virginia breds to go through the sale Friday are bred by William Backer’s Smitten Farm.

2014 colt out of Brief Encounter by Parading

2014 colt out of Brief Encounter by Parading

2014 filly by Flower Alley out of Sketch Book

2014 filly by Flower Alley out of Sketch Book

2014 Summertime Green colt by Spring at Last

2014 Summertime Green colt by Spring at Last

Viginia Oaks (gr. III) Preview

Saturday’s feature at Laurel, the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks has attracted a full field of 12 fillies. The Oaks headlines a card that includes 6 stakes sponsored by the Virginia Equine Alliance.  Click here for the Commonwealth Oaks preview.

 

Tuesday/Wednesday Keeneland Yearlings

Tapizar filly out of Humorlee

Tapizar filly out of Humorlee

Todd Mostuller bought the above Wolver Hill bred Tapizar filly for $60,000 yesterday at Keeneland.

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This Audley bred, Exchange Rate filly out of Midtown Miss sells today.

 

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Also selling today are the above Sky Mesa filly out of Misty Rain bred by Chance Farm and a Morgan’s Ford bred

City Zip Colt out of Thor’s Daughter. He was purchased as  weanling by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock for $75,000.

City Zip colt out of Thor's Daughter

City Zip colt out of Thor’s Daughter

Draw for Saturday’s Virginia-Bred Stakes Day at Laurel is Wednesday, Sept. 23

The draw for Saturday’s (Sept. 26) Virginia-bred Stakes Day at Laurel is Wednesday September 23rd. A total of five $60,000 stakes will be contested for a combined $300,000 in purses, along with the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (Gr. III), presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance. This is the second straight year the state-bred stakes bonanza has been held at Laurel.

A total of 149 horses have nominated for the five and another 43 have done so for the… Continue reading

Sunday’s Results from Keeneland

 

2014 colt out of Pink Pallet by Lemon Drop Kid

2014 colt out of Pink Pallet by Lemon Drop Kid

The above Lemon Drop Kid colt was bred by Smitten Farm and sold to Steve Dowoskin for $75,000 on Saturday.

2014 colt out of Pearls by Mizzen Mast

2014 colt out of Pearls by Mizzen Mast

Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Moss purchased the above Mizzen Mast colt for $90,000 on Sunday. The colt was bred

by Morgan’sFord Farm and was

the reserve grand champion of the September 5th Virginia Breeder’s Fund Yearling Futurity.

2014 Arch colt out of River Fancy

2014 Arch colt… Continue reading

Doyle/Voss Rider/Trainer Duo Connect for Two Wins Sunday at Inaugural Virginia Downs Thoroughbred Event

(The Plains, VA — 9/20/2015) —- Rider Jack Doyle guided a pair of winners for trainer Elizabeth Voss in Sunday’s co-featured $30,000 allowance races at Great Meadow, as the inaugural running of Virginia Downs made its debut. A total of 55 horses competed in six turf races, all presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance.

Virginia Downs action at Great Meadow

Virginia Downs action at Great Meadow

Doyle, who spent the last eight years competing in England, scored with Swoop,… Continue reading