Monthly Archives: September 2017

In Virginia-Bred Races, Connections “Excited To Watch It All”

by | Sep 30, 2017 | Breaking, Features, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing, Top Stories | 0 comments

by Frank Vespe of The Racing Biz

“For stakes races I go everywhere,” said Amy Moore Saturday afternoon after watching her stable’s star, Queen Caroline, win the Brookmeade Stakes at Laurel Park. “I’m new enough to the game, I’m still excited to watch it all.”

But that’s the point, isn’t it? Why own horses if not… Continue reading

Virginia Owned Sadler’s Joy To Compete In Grade I Stakes At Belmont Sept. 30; Here Is Your Weekend Preview

Sadler’s Joy, fresh off a big win in the Grade I Sword Dancer, is the 4-1 third choice in Saturday’s $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Gr. I) at Belmont. The 4 year old Kitten’s Joy colt, who became a million dollar earner with that last win, was bred and is owned by Rene & Lauren Wooolcott of Woodslane Farm in The Plains, Virginia. He faces ten others in Race 10, at 5:45 PM.

Sadler’s Joy scored his biggest win to… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds at Keeneland

There was a wide variety of results for the Virginia-breds that went through the ring at the recent Keeneland September Sales. Lazy Lane Farms, LLC bred the sales topping Virginia-bred, a beautiful Into Mischief colt out of Life in Seattle. Consigned by Virginia-bred Kitty Taylor’s,  Warrendale Sales, he was purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbreds Partners and Twin Creeks Racing for $460,000.

Lazy Lanes Into Mischief colt

Audley Farm sold a very nice Invinsible Spirit (IRE) colt out of Fairytale Ending… Continue reading

“Commonwealth Day” Preview of Oakley & Brookmeade Stakes For Virginia-Breds

Commonwealth Day” at Laurel is set for this Saturday with eight turf stakes scheduled.

The following five are for Virginia-breds at $60,000 apiece:

*Bert Allen Stakes – Race 1 (12:30 PM)

*Brookmeade Stakes – Race 3 (1:30 PM)

*Punch Line Stakes – Race 5 (2:30 PM)

*Oakley Stakes – Race 6 (3:00 PM)

*Jamestown Stakes – Race 9 (4:30 PM)

There is also a trio of open graded stakes that all used to be run at… Continue reading

Trio Of Virginia-Breds Collect Maiden Scores This Past Week

In advance of Saturday’s (Sept. 30) Commonwealth Day” program at Laurel Park, Cross Roads, Sheet Lightning and Gentle Prince all earned their first lifetime victories this past week in Virginia-bred action. Just Call Kenny, Code West and American Dubai all earned top three finishes in key stakes. And veteran horses like Defondo, What a Wildcat, Bourbon and Beer, and Greek God reached the winner’s circle in various claiming events around the country.

Cross Roads broke… Continue reading

Big Day For Virginia Horse Racing Slated On Saturday September 30th

For Virginia racing, this Saturday (September 30th) is shaping up to be the biggest day in quite some time.
On the thoroughbred side, the “Commonwealth Day” card at Laurel Lark features five $60,000 stakes for Virginia-breds and a trio of open graded stakes that used to be run at Colonial Downs including the former Virginia Derby. The lineup of stakes for Commonwealth-breds includes the Bert Allen, Brookmeade, Punch Line, Oakley and Jamestown while graded events include the Commonwealth… Continue reading

Code West and American Dubai Finish 2nd, 3rd In $175,000 Governor’s Stakes At Remington

Virginia-breds American Dubai and Code West squared off for the third time in stakes competition this year on Sunday in the $175,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes at Remington Park. The former, bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, finished 2nd and 3rd — a notch better than his competitor — in both the recent Rasmussen Stakes and Cornhusker Handicap. Code West finished a notch better Sunday though, missing victory by three-quarters of a length behind… Continue reading

Nearly 200 Horses Nominated To September 30th “Commonwealth Day” Card At Laurel

All eight stakes, led by the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G2), $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3) and $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3), will be contested over Laurel’s world-class turf course.

Topping the 29 nominees to the Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup for 3-year-olds and up at one mile is WinStar Farm’s American Patriot, whose rallying neck victory in the Makers’ 46 Mile (G1) April 14 at Keeneland earned the 4-year-old colt a trip to England for the Queen Anne (G1) at Royal… Continue reading

Nominations For “Commonwealth Day” Card At Laurel Close September 21

Eight Turf Stakes, Three Graded, Worth $850,000 in Purses Saturday, Sept. 30

LAUREL, MD – Nominations close Thursday, Sept. 21 for eight stakes, three graded, worth $850,000 in purses as part of the ‘Class on the Grass’ program for Commonwealth Day, Saturday Sept. 30, at Laurel Park.
All eight stakes, led by the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G2), $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3) and $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3), will be contested over Laurel’s world-class turf course.
The Baltimore-Washington International Turf… Continue reading

Secretariat’s Owner, Penny Chenery, Passes Away At The Age Of 95

The following appeared on September 17th.

Helen “Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat and a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died Sept. 16, in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. She was 95.

Chenery’s children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner.

Penny Chenery passed away September 18th at the age of 95.

Following Secretariat’s retirement… Continue reading