Monthly Archives: June 2018

Special Envoy Takes Streak Into $75,000 Edward Evans Stakes On Saturday

The following appeared on Laurel’s website June 20th and is a MJC release.

Queen Caroline Seeks to Regain Crown $75,000 Nellie Mae Cox

11-Year-Old Two Notch Road Returns in $75,000 White Oak Farm
Do What I Say Set for Title Defense in $75,000 M. Tyson Gilpin
LAUREL, MD – Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s homebred Special Envoy, who capped last season with three consecutive stakes victories, is set to launch his 7-year-old season against familiar company in Saturday’s $75,000 Edward… Continue reading

HBPA President David Ross’s Honorable Duty Finishes Second In Grade I Stephen Foster Stakes

Congratulations to Honorable Duty (owned by Virginia HBPA President David Ross), who finished a solid second to Pavel in Saturday’s Grade I Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs. The 6 year old Distorted Humor gelding, shown in red silks (inside) in the photo below, saw his bankroll rise to $937,396 with the runner-up finish.

Honorable Duty, second inside in the red silks of jockey Corey Lanerie, held on for second in the 2018 Stephen Foster Stakes (Gr. I).… Continue reading

Altamura Captures $40,000 Maiden Special Weight Race For Virginia-Breds At Laurel On June 15th

Congratulations to Altamura, winner of the June 15th $40,000 maiden special weight race for Virginia-breds at Laurel. The 3 year old Artie Schiller filly chased dueling leaders Kuznetsov and Virginia Fable at the top of the stretch, caught them in mid-stretch and edged clear before the wire. The winner crossed one length ahead of Virginia Fable. She completed the 5 1/2 furlong turf test in 1:02.42.

Altamura got her first lifetime win June 15th in a $40,000… Continue reading

Defending Champs Among Nominees To Virginia-Bred Stakes June 23rd At Laurel Park

Four Stakes Worth $300,000 Saturday, June 23 Over World-Class Turf Course
Super Hi-6 Carryover of $1,193 for Return of Live Racing Friday, June 15

The first of three Virginia-Bred Stakes Days this summer at Laurel takes place on Saturday June 23rd. Here is a release provided by the Maryland Jockey Club on nominations to the 4 stakes. 

LAUREL, MD – Defending champions Special Envoy, Queen Caroline and Do What I Say are among 112 nominations to a quartet of… Continue reading

Nominations Are In For The Commonwealth Day Program At Laurel June 23rd

For a link to the nomination list of the four stakes and past performance info on those  nominated, just click on the respective links.

Edward Evans Stakes: Nominations   PPs

White Oak Farm Stakes: Nominations   PPs

Tyson Gilpin Stakes: Nominations   PPs

Nellie Mae Cox Stakes: Nominations   PPs

Commonwealth Day Stakes For Virginia-Bred/Sired Horses Set For June 23rd At Laurel

The series of Virginia-bred races in Maryland that has been so popular the past several years will return again in 2018 and will feature a new format. Previously, the three separate Saturday programs shared a combination of thoroughbred stakes and maiden events. The new version will offer maiden races on Friday and stakes exclusively on Saturday. A total of 18 races will be carded — 13 stakes at $75,000 each and … Continue reading

Long On Value Becomes First Millionaire Horse From Augusta County

The following piece was written by Nick Hahn and appeared in The News Leader. 

Robert Powell has bred Augusta County’s newest millionaire, a seven-year old thoroughbred horse that has traveled the long way from Churchville to Churchill Downs.

After coming out last out of the gate in a field of six, Long On Value, ridden by jockey Florent Geroux, won the $70,000 Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs June 2.

By adding a little over $40,000… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Controlled Track Burn — Before & After Pictures

With the recent sale of Colonial Downs in place,  work has taken place the past several weeks on the Secretariat Turf Course. A controlled burn was conducted by Virginia Equine Alliance Track Superintendent J.D. Thomas in conjunction with the New Kent Fire Department and the Department of Forestry. The purpose of the burn was to rid the course of dead cover in a quick and efficient manner, in hopes of … Continue reading

Colonial Downs: Packed Town Hall Welcomes Rebirth Of Racetrack

The following appeared in The Racing Biz

by Nick Hahn

A capacity crowd attended the Thursday, May 24 town hall hosted by the New Kent County Board of Supervisors to learn about the reopening of Colonial Downs and quickly emerging Pamunkey Indian Casino project. Though the locations of the gaming sites are relatively close geographically, their reception by County officials residents is far apart.

Those arriving late to the meeting were forced to watch via streaming in a library used… Continue reading

Special Envoy Scheduled To Make 2018 Debut In Edward Evans Stakes

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s multiple stakes-winning homebred Special Envoy breezed five furlongs Friday morning ahead of his scheduled season-opening engagement in the $75,000 Edward P. Evans Stakes Saturday, June 23 at Laurel Park.

Special Envoy, a 7-year-old Stroll gelding trained by Arnaud Delacour, worked in 1:01.40 over the all-weather surface at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. His time was the fastest of four horses at the distance.

It was the… Continue reading