Monthly Archives: October 2017

Long-Time Virginia Breeder and VTA Member, C. Oliver Iselin, III Passes Away

            C. Oliver (Ollie) Iselin lll,  a native of Middleburg who was an All-American rower when he captained the Harvard crew team and later served for more than 20 years in the CIA in posts in north and west Africa , died at his home on Oct. 10 from congestive heart failure. He was 90.

C. Oliver Iselin, III of Wolver Hill Farm


            Mr. Iselin joined the agency in 1951 shortly after he graduated from Harvard. He was given a medical discharge from the agency in 1973 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 45. He retired from government service, eventually returning to his farm in Middleburg and later went into a complete remission.

            Mr. Iselin became an accomplished polo player when he was stationed in Tangier, Morocco from 1954-1960 and continued to play the sport after leaving the CIA, competing locally and abroad.

            Mr. Iselin was born in Pittsburgh on Sept. 5, 1927, the son of C. Oliver Iselin Jr. and Elizabeth Brown Iselin, a member of the first graduating class of Foxcroft School in Middleburg and a co-founder of Middleburg’s Hill School.

            Mr. Iselin’s grandfather, banker and philanthropist C. Oliver Iselin, was considered the pre-eminent American yachtsmen of his time, participating in and winning six consecutive America’s Cup races in 1887, 1893, 1895, 1899, 1901 and 1903.

          Mr. Iselin grew up on his parents’ Middleburg farm and lived there for another 38 years after their deaths in the late 1970s. He attended The Hill School in Middleburg, St. Albans  in Washington, D.C. and graduated from St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. in 1945. While at St. Mark’s, he also attended Foxcroft for six weeks when  a measles epidemic closed down St. Mark’s. He was the first male student to attend Foxcroft, an all-girls school then and now.

          He was in the class of 1949 at Harvard, but graduated in 1951 after spending two years in the U.S. Army before returning to Cambridge to earn his degree. He was a member of the Porcellian Club and the Harvard Lampoon. He was captain and named an All-American rower for the Harvard crew team that won the Grand Challenge Cup at the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in England in 1950.

            He was married to the former Julie Thayer (Dody Vehr) in 1953. They lived in Georgetown, Great Falls and later purchased a farm in Unison, Virginia. They divorced in 1978 and Mr. Iselin later married Mary Sprague (“Swannie”) Cunningham. They lived at Wolver Hill Farm in Middleburg where Mr. Iselin grew up, successfully breeding, selling and racing thoroughbred horses, farming cattle and growing crops.

           He was an avid sportsman and he and “Swannie” owned a trout stream and camp in the Catoctin mountains for many years known as “Otter Valley.” They both enjoyed fly fishing, shooting sports, horse racing, tennis and traveling..

            Mr. Iselin was on the board of directors of the Middleburg Bank for many years, succeeding his father. He also was on the board of Midleburg’s Sharon Cemetery and a member of the Ristigouche Salmon Club and Middleburg Tennis Club.

            He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and employer and respected and loved by many, a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

            Mr. Iselin is survived by his wife, his daughter, Julie Iselin Diehl, of Middleburg, a sister, Barbara Sears, 96, of Hamilton, Mass., and two grandsons, Daniel Iselin Malone of Denver, Colorado and Malcolm Thayer Malone of Bozeman, Montana and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Marburg of Lutherville, Maryland.

Doc Cebu Wins The International Gold Cup Saturday At Great Meadow

The following appeared on National Steeplechase Association’s website and was written by Don Clippinger.

Charles C. Fenwick Jr.’s Doc Cebu marked himself as a premier timber horse Saturday when he surged past front-running Grand Manan and drew clear easily to an 11 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 International Gold Cup.

Armata Stables’ Grand Manan, the defending winner of the 3 1/2-mile International Gold Cup, overcame some near-mishaps to finish second, 21 1/4 lengths ahead of Kiplin Hall’s Rodriguez.

The International Gold Cup, the fall’s richest timber race, was the co-feature of the International Gold Cup meet at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains. Stonelea Stables’ Balance the Budget, a multiple stakes winner, wired the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) over hurdles.

Doc Cebu won the 2017 International Gold Cup with rider Hadden Frost.

The International Gold Cup was another big day for champion trainer Jack Fisher, who continued to add to his National Steeplechase Association record purses with Doc Cebu’s win and a victory by Bruton Street-US’s Preseli Rock in the $40,000 Steeplethon Stakes. Fisher had established a record exceeding $1.2-million when Mr. Hot Stuff won the Grand National (Gr. 1) a week earlier.

Haddon Frost rode both winners for Fisher.

The International Gold Cup, contested on a lush course rated as good, shaped up as expected on a bright, breezy afternoon in northern Virginia. Grand Manan is a front-runner, and Doc Cebu possesses sufficient speed to set the pace or to lay off it.

Grand Manan went to the front, with seven-year-old Doc Cebu close behind him. The front-runner gave jockey Darren Nagle a few anxious fences, though, as the eight-year-old banged some fences and broke away at least two top rails.

On the second circuit of the Great Meadow course, Rodriguez made his move under Jack Doyle and briefly seized the lead, but Doc Cebu was in control at the last fence and drew away under a hand ride. He ran the 3 1/2 miles in 6:57 2/5.

The International Gold Cup was the Hard Spun gelding’s fourth win of the year from five starts over timber—he finished second at the Queen’s Cup in April in his only other start. He won the Willowdale Steeplechase in May and the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup on Oct. 14, both by multiple lengths.

The International Gold Cup’s $45,000 first-place purse raised Doc Cebu’s 2017 purses to $96,600, and he now sits comfortably atop the timber leader board. He made his first timber start, a maiden win at My Lady’s Manor, on April 15.

“He’s so consistent,” said owner Fenwick, a champion timber jockey who rode Ben Nevis to victory in the Grand National at Aintree in 1980 and to a plaque in America’s Racing Hall of Fame.

Balance the Budget wires Ferguson

Balance the Budget and jockey Mark Watts went to the lead early in the 2 1/4-mile Ferguson and dared his four opponents to catch him if they could. They could not.

Julie Gomena-trained Balance the Budget swaggered off to a gaping early lead of roughly 30 lengths and let his pursuers get within five lengths near the final fences. But the eight-year-old Bellamy Road gelding laughed off the challenge from Irv Naylor’s Charminster and drew away again to win by 9 1/4 lengths.

Charminster, ridden by Carol-Ann Sloan, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of S. Rebecca Shepherd’s Curve of Stones. Schoodic, winner of the Virginia Gold Cup’s David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) in the spring, finished fourth.

Preseli Rock’s Steeplethon

Fisher kicked off yet another big October afternoon when Preseli Rock fought past Boogie Biz to win the three-mile Steeplethon by seven lengths. Boogie Biz was second, and Steeplethon specialist Saluda Sam finished third, another five lengths back. Irish-bred Preseli Rock ran the Steeplethon distance in 5:55 flat.

“Wind” A Prevailing Force For Lane’s End At November

The following piece on Virginia-bred Stellar Wind Appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News October 26th. 

The quality of horses on offer at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale is so high, standing out in the crowd is not always easy. For Lane’s End, when it comes to consigning Stellar Wind (Curlin) (Hip 153), among others, that will not be an issue.

“She’s a collector’s item among the sale offerings,” said Allaire Ryan, Lane’s End’s director of sales. “Throughout her career she’s shown athleticism, soundness and honesty, and those intangibles are everything anyone could want in a broodmare prospect, on top of a proven pedigree.”

By leading sire Curlin, Stellar Wind is out of the winning Malibu Moon mare Evening Star and hails from the same family as additional Grade I winners Mor Spirit and Great Hunter.

Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind and jockey Victor Espinoza, outside, outleg Beholder (GaryStevens), inside, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.

Stellar Wind has lived up to her name throughout her career, and she seemingly only gets better as she ages. To date, she has won 10 of 15 career starts, nine of which have come in graded stakes company, and six of which have been in Grade I stakes.

In 2015, Stellar Wind won the Eclipse Award for champion 3-year-old filly after posting four graded stakes victories and finishing just a neck behind Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Last year, Stellar Wind took on multiple champion Beholder (Henny Hughes) on several occasions and bested her twice, in the GI Clement L. Hirsch Stakes and the GI Zenyatta Stakes. Although she was consigned to the November sale, her connections decided to race her another year, and she has amply rewarded them.

Stellar Wind kicked off this year’s campaign with a win in the

GI Apple Blossom S. at Oaklawn Park, and then she returned to California to win the GI Beholder Mile Stakes and repeat in the Clement L. Hirsch. With her earnings standing at more than

$2.2 million, she is undefeated this year and will take her third shot at the Breeders’ Cup in November.

“From a marketing standpoint, Stellar Wind speaks for herself,” said Ryan. “Her owner and trainer deserve the upmost respect for their care and management. She’s beloved by all, and Lane’s End is proud to be a small part of her story in her transition from the racetrack.”

Although she is 5 years old, Stellar Wind is consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect for potentially intriguing reason.

“There’s a unique possibility that her career could continue through January 2018, if she were to run in the $16 million,

GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational before retiring to farm life,” said Ryan.

Of course, Lane’s End will have plenty of quality horses on offer, and another one of its highlights is also tied to Curlin. Offered as Hip 26, Calamity Kate (Yes It’s True) is out of the Tiznow mare Justmeandmyshadow, who in turn is a half-sister to Grade I winner and sire Officer. She is carrying her first foal after being bred on an early cover to Curlin.

“Calamity Kate is a testament to K & G Stables’ highly successful breeding and racing program,” said Ryan. “She showed early, consistent talent on the track for Kelly Breen while competing in multiple graded stakes as a 2 and 3-year-old.”

On the track, Calamity Kate finished second in GII Demoiselle S. to end her juvenile campaign. The following year, she notched the biggest victory of her career in the GIII Delaware Oaks before running a game second in the GI Cotillion S.

“Calamity Kate comes to the sale as a graded stakes-winning maiden in foal to the two-time Horse of the Year and classic-producing sire Curlin,” said Ryan. “Naturally she should generate a high level of interest leading up to the sale.”

Lane’s End is certainly not new to consigning top-class horses to the November sale. Last year, it was the leading overall consignor by gross with $26 million to its credit, while the next closest consigner finished at $22.4 million. It was the third time the operation has achieved such a feat.

On its way to that figure, Lane’s End consigned three seven-figure mares, led by Grade I winner My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller), offered as part of the Conquest Stables dispersal, who hammered down for $1.5 million. She’s Not Here (Street Cry {Ire}) followed close behind at $1.3 million, and Uptown Twirl (Twirling Candy) went for $1.075 million.

Consigning the overall sale topper is also one of Lane’s End’s multiple achievements. It has succeeded in that arena several times, most recently with Awesome Maria (Maria’s Mon) who brought $4 million in 2013. While competition for this year’s title will be fierce, it is easy to believe Stellar Wind will be in the mix.

“November is an ideal placement for Stellar Wind as a sale prospect,” said Ryan. “It’s on the heels of the Breeders’ Cup, and Lexington is the international stage for buyers and sellers of breeding stock at this time. She’s at the forefront of the offerings this sale attracts.”


“Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase Stakes Preview; Co-Featured Race At Saturday’s Gold Cup


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Edith Dixon’s homebred Schoodic, a talented but headstrong multiple stakes winner, will shoot for a second straight victory at Great Meadow Race Course when he lines up Saturday for the International Gold Cup’s $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Handicap (Gr. 2).

The 2 1/8-mile Ferguson will be the featured hurdle race of the 34th annual International Gold Cup at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va. First post time is noon, and pari-mutuel wagering will be offered on all races.

Trained by Jack Fisher, Schoodic won the Virginia Gold Cup’s David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) on May 6 before two subpar races: a fifth in the Radnor Hunt Races’ National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3), a race he had won in 2016, and a seventh in Saratoga Race Course’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) on July 27.

A crowd of 40,000-plus is expected at Saturday’s International Gold Cup.

Sean McDermott will ride the seven-year-old Tiznow gelding, who was pulled up in last year’s Ferguson Memorial.

Schoodic shares the 156-pound highweight with Irv Naylor’s Charminster, who won the 2016 Semmes and then was second in both the Ferguson Memorial and this spring’s Semmes. The Irish-bred 11-year-old most recently finished sixth in Belmont Park’s Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1). Carol-Ann Sloan will ride for trainer Cyril Murphy.

Trainer Julie Gomena will saddle Stonelea Stables’ Balance the Budget, a multiple stakes winner who won this year’s Tryon Block House Handicap on April 15. Mark Watts has the mount on the Bellamy Road gelding, most recently second in a Saratoga handicap.

Balance the Budget carries 152 pounds, as will Amy Taylor Rowe’s Maserati, who won last year’s Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase for novices before going to the sidelines after finishing fifth in that year’s Smithwick Memorial. Reigning champion jockey Kieran Norris rides for trainer Leslie Young.

Diplomat won the 2015 “Zeke” Ferguson. The stakes is a Grade 2 event this year. Photo by Betsy Burke Parker.

Here is the field for the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2). The horses’ handicap weights, which are influenced by their National Steeplechase Association ratings, are in parentheses at the ends of their profiles.

Balance the Budget. 2009 ch. g., Bellamy Road—Every Day Is Good, by El Corredor. Owner: Stonelea Stable. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Mark Watts. Breeder: Liberation Farm & Oratis (Ky.). 2017 NSA record: 4-1-2-0, $49,800. 2016 record: 4-1-1-0, $51,600. 2015 record: 7-1-1-0, $37,250. Won 2017 Tryon Block House Handicap after setting most of the pace, then finished second in Fair Hill’s Valentine Memorial ratings handicap. Finished fifth in Saratoga’s A.P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) and was second in Saratoga handicap. Kicked off 2016 season with victory in $75,000 Carolina Cup, a novice stakes, then was seventh in Saratoga’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) and sixth in Saratoga handicap. (152).

Schoodic. 2010 b. g., Tiznow—Aunt Henny, by Hennessy. Owner: Edith R. Dixon. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Edith R. Dixon (Ky.) 2017 record: 4-1-0-0, $47,000. 2016 record: 7-1-2-0, $60,150. 2015 record: 4-0-2-2, $58,000. Won 2017 David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) at Virginia Gold Cup after fall in Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), then was a dull fifth in Radnor’s National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3), a race he won in 2016. Finished seventh in A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1). (154)

Maserati (Brz). 2015 record: 2-2-0-0, $30,000. 2009 bk. b. or br. g., Point Given—Lady Celina (Brz), by Roi Normand. Owner: Amy Taylor Rowe. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Fazenda Mondesir (Brz). 2017 record: No starts. 2016 record: 3-2-0-0, $78,250. 2015 NSA record: 2-2-0-0, $30,000. Won 2016 Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase and Fair Hill’s Valentine Memorial Ratings Handicap, then was fourth in Saratoga’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1). (152)

Curve of Stones 2011 gr. or ro. g., Arch—Exceptionally, by El Prado (Ire). Owner: Sarah Rebecca Shepherd. Trainer: David M. Bourke. Jockey: Open. Breeder: Audley Farm (Va.) 2017 NSA record: 4-0-0-0, $600. 2016 NSA record: 3-2-0-0, $56,400. Finished sixth in 2017 Parx handicap and Virginia Fall handicap. Was pulled up in Saratoga’s Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes. Pulled up in 2017 Fair Hill ratings handicap after ninth in Virginia Gold Cup flat race. Won maiden victory at 2016 Virginia Gold Cup and came back two weeks later to win $35,000 allowance hurdle at Radnor. (140)

Charminster (Ire). 2006 b. g., Broadway Flyer—Monteleena, by Montelimar. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Carol-Ann Sloan. Breeder: Raymond Cahalane (Ire). 2017 record: 4-0-1-1, $27,500. 2016 record: 6-1-2-1, $93,000. Began 2017 with solid second in David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2), a race he won in 2016, and then was third in Radnor’s National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3). Brushed in A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) and finished sixth. Finished sixth in Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1). (154)

Alajmal. 2008 b. g., First Samurai—Alattrah, by Shadeed. Owner: Gregory D. Hawkins. Trainer: Janet Elliot. Jockey: Michael Mitchell. Breeder: Shadwell Farm (Ky.) 2017 record: 4-0-0-1, $3,500. 2016 NSA record: No starts. 2015 record: 4-0-0-0, $6,000. Pulled up in Virginia Fall’s Randolph D. Rouse Memorial. Finished third in 2017 Georgia Cup optional allowance hurdle, then was pulled up in David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) and lost rider in National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3). Missed 2016 season. Bookended his 2013 season with victories in the Carolina Cup and Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1). (144)

International Gold Cup Field Set For Saturday


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Charles C. Fenwick Jr.’s Doc Cebu, the hottest newcomer to the timber-racing scene, has been supplemented to meet a veteran field in the $75,000 International Gold Cup, the signature race of Saturday’s 34th annual International Gold Cup at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va.

The International Gold Cup meet will feature eight races with purses totaling $370,000. Also on the program is the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) over hurdles.

First post time is noon, and pari-mutuel racing under the supervision of the Virginia Racing Commission will be offered on all races.

Trained by Jack Fisher, Doc Cebu has done little wrong since beginning his timber career with a win at the My Lady’s Manor meet on April 15. He was second in a Queen’s Cup allowance race two weeks later and then won the Willowdale Steeplechase by nine lengths in mid-May.

The seven-year-old Hard Spun gelding kicked off his fall campaign with an 11 1/4-length score in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup in New York on Oct. 14. Hadden Frost, who has ridden him in his three victories, will be in the saddle.

The owner and trainer both have had success as riders in the 3 1/2-mile International Gold Cup. Fenwick, the premier timber jockey of the 1970s and 1980s, rode Sugar Bee to victory in 1985. Fisher both trained and rode Call Louis in 1989 and Saluter in 1999.

Several of Doc Cebu’s opponents competed in Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library and Museum Cup on Oct. 14. Four Virginia Gents’ Worried Man pulled an upset in that 3 1/4-mile timber race and won by 1 3/4 lengths under Kieran Norris, who will ride on Saturday for trainer Doug Fout.

Armata Stables’ Grand Manan, winner of last year’s International Gold Cup, finished second in the National Sporting Library after a second behind Doc Cebu in the Willowdale Steeplechase. Trainer Billy Meister named leading jockey Darren Nagle to ride the front-runner.

Kiplin Hall’s Rodriguez, winner of Shawan Downs’ Brown Advisory Legacy Chase on Sept. 23, finished a distant fourth in the National Sporting Library. Jack Doyle rides for trainer William Dowling.

Irv Naylor’s Ebanour, the reigning two-time Virginia Gold Cup winner over the Great Meadow course, comes into the International Gold Cup on a week’s rest from a fifth-place finish in the New Jersey Hunt Cup at the Far Hills Races. Trainer Cyril Murphy named Gus Dahl to ride.

The 2014 Virginia Gold Cup winner, Holston Hall’s Hot Rize, comes into the International Gold Cup from a third-place finish in this year’s Virginia timber classic. Completing the field is Skip Crawford’s Touchdowntony, who will be ridden by Gonzague Cottreau.

Here is the field for the $75,000 International Gold Cup in post-position order.

Ebanour (Ire). 2007 ch. g., Indian Ridge—Ebadilya, by Sadler’s Wells. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Gus Dahl. Breeders: Aga Khan’s Studs (Ire). 2017 record: 4-1-1-0-, $68,150. 2016 record: 4-3-0-0, $78,000. 2015 record: 2-1-1-0, $31,800. Finished listless fifth in 2017 New Jersey Hunt Cup. Kicked off 2017 campaign with repeat win in Virginia Gold Cup, then was disqualified to second from win in Radnor Hunt Cup and finished sixth in Shawan Downs’ Legacy Chase to open fall season. Also won 2016 My Lady’s Manor and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Won 2015 New Jersey Hunt Cup.

Grand Manan. 2009 b. g., Giant’s Causeway—Manoa, by Seeking the Gold. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: William Meister. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeders: Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable (Ky.). 2017 record: 4-0-2-0, $15,000. 2016 record: 4-3-0-0, $82,950. Began 2017 fall season with second in Shawan’s Legacy Chase, followed by second in Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. Finished fourth in 2017 My Lady’s Manor, then was pulled up in Virginia Gold Cup after setting most of pace. Closed 2016 season with back-to-back front-running victories in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup and International Gold Cup. Finished in dead heat for 2016 Willowdale Steeplechase win after fifth in My Lady’s Manor.

Doc Cebu. 2010 b. g., Hard Spun—Berga, by Jade Hunter. Owner: Charles C. Fenwick Jr. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Hadden Frost. Breeder: Graceville Breeding (Ky.) 2017 record: 4-3-1-0, $51,600. 2016 record: 2-2-0-0, $21,000. Won 2017 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup by 11 1/4 lengths and Willowdale Steeplechase by nine lengths. Opened his timber career with a maiden victory at 2017 My Lady’s Manor and was second in Queen’s Cup timber allowance. Won his two starts over hurdles in 2016.

Rodriguez (Ire). 2007 dk. b. or br. g., High Chapparal (Ire)—Sofia Aurora, by Chief Honcho. Owner: Kiplin Hall. Trainer: William Dowling. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Michael G. Daly (Ire). 2017 record: 4-1-0-1, $19,500. 2016 record: 3-1-1-0, $12,700. Won Shawan’s 2017 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, then was fourth in Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library and Museum Cup. Finished third in 2017 Winterthur Bowl after being pulled up in Grand National’s Western Run Plate. After second at 2016 Shawan Downs meet, won timber maiden at Virginia Fall before fifth at Steeplechase at Callaway.

Hot Rize. 2004 dk. b. or br. g., Sultry Song—Donesia, by Desert Wine. Owner: Holston Hall. Trainer: Russell Haynes. Jockey: Open. Breeder: Anne Haynes (Ky.) 2017 record: 2-0-0-2, $13,000. 2016 record: 1-0-0-0, $2,500. 2015 record: 5-0-0-0, $5,100. Opened 2017 campaign with third in Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in Virginia Gold Cup. Finished well-beaten fourth in 2016 Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois Steeplechase. Unplaced in five 2015 starts. Clinched 2014 timber championship with half-length score in Far Hills’ New Jersey Hunt Cup after winning that year’s Virginia Gold Cup at odds of 10.70-1.

Worried Man. 2007 b. g., Dynaformer—Mystic Lady, by Thunder Gulch. Owner: Four Virginia Gents. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Lee Lewis (Ky.) 2017 record: 4-1-0-1, $29,000. 2016 record: No starts. Won Virginia Fall’s 2017 National Sporting Library and Museum and Cup after third in Shawan Downs’ Legacy Chase. Finished fourth in 2017 Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois. In first start in almost three years, lost his rider in Middleburg Spring’s Alfred M. Hunt Steeplechase.

Touchdowntony. 2009 b. g., Bluegrass Cat—Broad Queen, by Broad Brush. Owner: Irvin L. Crawford II. Trainer: Joseph Davies. Jockey: Gonzague Cottreau. Breeder: Carliwoods Farm (Ky.). 2017 record: 4-0-1-2, $6,950. 2016 record: 4-0-1-1, $4,450. Finished second in 2017 Willowdale maiden timber and then was third in Genesee Valley maiden timber.

New OTB In Chesapeake Getting Closer To Opening

The third Off Track Betting Center operated by the Virginia Equine Alliance will open soon in Chesapeake, inside Buckets Bar & Grill. The OTB is located in the busy Great Bridge section of town at 228 N. Battlefield Boulevard just before the draw bridge heading south.

The main dining room/lounge at Buckets will show a combination of horse racing & sports.

The OTB will feature three separate areas — the existing Buckets dining room/lounge, an OTB room with a separate entrance and its own bar, and an adjoining pool room that will offer simulcasting as well. All totaled, Buckets will have 52 televisions!

The pool room at Buckets features 18 televisions and several self betting terminals.

Work continues to progress rapidly and a tentative opening date has been set for Wednesday November 1st, in time for that weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Championships from Del Mar. Stay tuned to facebook pages from both the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Horse Racing for timely updates.

Buckets is located in the Battlefield Shopping Center in Great Bridge, anchored on the south end by the CHKD Thrift Store.

When heading to Buckets, look for the Battlefield Shopping Center on the right hand side. Buckets is located in there next to the Sunrise Breakfast Shoppe and CHKD Thrift Store.

Secretariat’s Meadow To Hold A Hometown Remembrance Of Penny Chenery Oct. 29

The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of Secretariat in Caroline County, Virginia, will hold a “Remembrance of Penny Chenery” on Sunday October 29 from 2 – 4 pm. The event will take place in Meadow Hall mansion and is open to the public with limited seating.

“It is only fitting that we should honor Mom at The Meadow, her family’s former home and the place where it all began,” said Kate Chenery Tweedy, Mrs. Chenery’s daughter. “This is where Granddaddy’s dream took root and where Mom, on entering the Thoroughbred racing business, earned her spurs.”

Mrs. Chenery managed Meadow Stable after her father, Christopher Chenery, became ill, and she oversaw the racing careers of both Riva Ridge, winner of the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, and 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. A well-loved figure in her own right, Mrs. Chenery was a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports. The 2010 movie Secretariat featured Diane Lane as Penny. It chronicled Secretariat’s 1973 campaign for the Triple Crown as well as Penny’s struggle for respect and success as a woman in racing. She died on her father’s birthday September 16 at her Colorado home. She was 95.

“Penny maintained her ties to The Meadow and this community throughout the years,” said Leeanne Meadows Ladin, Secretariat tourism manager. “She was enormously supportive of our efforts to preserve the historic legacy of The Meadow and develop the Secretariat Birthplace tour program. This memorial service is our way of offering a hometown tribute to this great lady and great friend.”

The program will feature remarks by Kate Tweedy and video clips by Penny’s son John Tweedy. Guests will be welcome to participate by sharing their own memories of Mrs. Chenery and Meadow Stable. Meadow Stable memorabilia will be on display in the mansion.  Penny’s last racehorse, Groundshaker, a great-great granddaughter of Secretariat, will be in the paddock by the historic barns, weather permitting.

Those planning to attend the event should enter Meadow Event Park at Gate 2 and park in Lot M near the mansion. For further information, please contact Leeanne Ladin at


Directions: Take the Doswell exit (exit 98) from I-95 and head east on Rt.30 past King’s Dominion theme park for 1.5 miles.  The entrance to the Meadow Event Park at GATE 2 will be on the left.


Breeders’ Cup Championship Races Set For November 3rd & 4th At Del Mar

Attention horseplayers — Mark your calendars! The Breeders’ Cup Championship races are right around the corner. Del Mar will host the two day spectacle on Friday November 3rd & Saturday November 4th.

For planning purposes, Friday’s four “Cup” races will be held between 5:25 – 7:35 PM and Saturday’s nine “Cup” races are slated to go from 3:00 – 8:35 PM. These are east coast times. The $2 Million Distaff closes out Friday’s card and the $6 Million Classic ushers out Saturday’s stakes bonanza. All “Cup” races will be televised on NBC Sports Network and Saturday’s “Classic” will be on NBC itself from 8-9 PM.

Del Mar’s first race Friday is at 2:25 PM and at 1:10 PM on Saturday. Races 6-9 are “Cup” races Friday and races 4-12 are “Cup” events on Saturday.

Crowds packed Ponies & Pints on Kentucky Derby Day to wager action from Churchill Downs all afternoon.

There are three OTB locations in Virginia where fans can bet all the action. The two Richmond sites are at Ponies & Pints downtown (in Shockoe Bottom) and at Breakers Sports Grille (west end) and a new OTB location will open in Chesapeake the week of the Breeders’ Cup. Buckets Bar & Grill is in the Great Bridge neighborhood at 228 N. Battlefield Boulevard. The phone number at Buckets is 757-842-6767.

Breakers Sports Grille OTB features both smoking and non-smoking sections, and a full menu.

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Stellar Wind Preps For The Breeders’ Cup Distaff November 3rd

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza worked champion Stellar Wind six furlongs at 6:30this morning in 1:13.60 for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 3, the penultimate breeze at Santa Anita for the daughter of Curlin before her move south for the Big Dance.

Stellar Wind breezing at Santa Anita October 14th. Photo by Zoe Metz.

Trainer John Sadler worked Stellar Wind in company with That’s a Lady, who was timed in 1:14.20.

“It was a good work for her,” Espinoza said of the Distaff favorite. “The track was a little slow so the time was good. She’s getting ready. She’s going in the right direction right now and she’s doing good.”

Also working for the Breeders’ Cup were Pacific Classic winner Collected for Bob Baffert (six furlongs in 1:14 for the Classic) and Accelerate for Sadler (six furlongs in 1:14 flat for the Dirt Mile).

Sadler expects to give Stellar Wind one more breeze at Santa Anita before shipping to Del Mar, while Richard Mandella has a similar agenda in mind for Paradise Woods (Distaff) and Avenge (Filly & Mare Turf).

“They’ll have one more work here and maybe one small one at Del Mar,” Mandella said.

Region-Bred Yearlings Power First Day Of Timonium Fasig-Tipton Sale

by Frank Vespe of The Racing Biz

Day one of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale concluded with gains in the average and median versus 2016. The numbers aren’t strictly comparable, though; the sale, expanded to two days and nearly 500 hips, is much larger than the 323 hips who went through the ring in a one-day sale in 2016.

That leaves about 70 percent of the horses still to go through the ring. Hips 151 through 495 will sell Tuesday, with action to commence at the sales pavillion at the Timonium fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m.

The only rain on the day’s parade was the jump in buybacks. Fully 36.7 percent of the horses to enter the ring — 47 of 128 — did not find a buyer on day one.

In 2016, by contrast, the buyback rate — in a much smaller, one-day sale — was just 17 percent. Of the 323 horses through the ring in ’16, all but 55 left with new owners.

Hip 26 at day one of the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic Yearling Sale brought $120,000.

Still, the top-line numbers were largely positive. The 81 horses old brought a grand total of more than $2.1 million, good for an average of $26,040. The average was up 8.4 percent from 2016; the median, of $15,000, was 50 percent above the $10,000 achieved last year.

Region-breds powered the sale’s first day, with horses bred in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia perched atop the leaderboard.

A Maryland-bred Lookin At Lucky filly consigned by Candyland Farm, Hip 119, brought the day’s top winning bid, of $175,000, from Springhouse Farm. She’s out of the Malibu Moon mare Slow and Steady and a half to four stakes horses.

“Very good physical, classy,” said Springhouse’s Gabriel Duignan. “Her mother’s been a very good producer. All the foals have run good numbers.”

Hip 28, a Virginia-bred Bodemeister filly out of the graded stakes winner Pink Champagne, by Awesome Again, also brought a big number. Consigned by Audley Farm Equine, she fetched a top bid of $140,000.

Hip 77, a West Virginia-bred Maclean’s Music filly rang the bell at $135,000, the third-most of any horse on the day. Out of the Fastness mare Rowdy Woman, she was consigned by Bill Reightler on behalf of of her breeders, David and Susan Wantz.

“Just look at her: she’s beautiful. She’s big, elegant,” said David Wantz. “She’s a little downhill. Everything about her just says racehorse. And we’ve been a big believer in Maclean’s Music since he went to stud.”

She was bought by Cary Frommer, who, coincidentally, sold the Wantzes the best racehorse they’ve owned, the Grade 1 winner Dance to Bristol.

Two other Maryland-breds also zoomed past the $100,000 mark.

Hip 35, a Bodemeister colt out of the stakes-winning Pure Prize mare Plum, brought a top bid of $125,000, also from Frommer. He was consigned by his breeder, Dark Hollow Farm.

“He’s a lovely colt,” said Dark Hollow’s David Hayden. “He had no faults. He was very smooth.”

That’s typical of Plum’s offspring, Hayden said, although neither of her two of racing age has raced.

“She produces very, very attractive foals,” he said.

Also topping the six-figure mark was Hip 26, a Maryland-bred Tizway filly out of the Carson City mare Piano Bar. Ellen Charles’s Hillwood Stable was the top bidder on her, offering $120,000. She was consigned by Chanceland Farm, which bred her.

“She’s a helluva filly and it’s an explosive family,” said Chanceland’s Bob Manfuso. “Tizzarunner set a track record at Laurel and might be just getting into himself. And she’s a lovely filly.”

Trainer Rodney Jenkins, who advises Charles on her purchases and trainers her runners, agreed.

“She is a nice filly. She walked good,” he said. “She’s a full sister to a stakes winner. She’s Maryland-bred. She’s all the things we were looking for.”