25 Virginia Certified Horses Collect Bonus Earning Wins In January/February

A total of 25 Virginia-Certified horses provided their respective owners with a 25% bonus from victories in January and February!

Sip of Sunshine earned a Certified bonus win for Marla Salzman at Laurel February 24th. Photo by Jim McCue.

Horses who complete a six month residency at a Virginia farm prior to December 31st of its two-year-old year are eligible for the bonus when they win in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ten of those 25 wins came at Laurel including Sip of Sunshine (shown here), who captured a $42,000 allowance race February 24th. Owner Marla Salzman collected a bonus courtesy of her three-year-old filly’s dominating win. The John Salzman trainee earned her fourth victory in 11 starts and has bankrolled $113,349 to date.

Rip Ran Riley won by 4 1/2 lenghths February 22nd at Laurel. Photo by Jim McCue.

Another pair of recent Maryland-bred/Virginia Certified winners at Laurel were Rip Rap Riley and No Refunds. The former won a $27,000 maiden claiming race on February 22nd while the latter bagged her third bonus win on the same card. Rip Rap Riley is a Ferris Allen trainee who is owned by Hickory Ridge Farm. The 3 year old Friesan Fire gelding won his race by 4 1/4 lengths in just his second start. No Refunds previously snagged bonuses in Maryland starts on June 30th and August 24th. The 3 year old Buffum filly, who is another Salzman trainee, earned her third award for owner Bird Mobberley in a $28,000 claiming sprint.

No Refunds was strong while collecting her third Certified bonus win in Maryland on February 22nd. Phoot by Jim McCue.

Taylor Mountain Farm corralled four of the 25 awards in those two winter months. Three came at Charles Town as their Windsors for It, Step Out Dancing and Charitable Rose prevailed. The fourth score, authored by Hero’s Mant, came at Laurel.

Other January and February Certified wins came at Charles Town (9), Aqueduct (4), Penn National (1) and Parx (1). Details on the Residency program along with a list of participating farms and training centers are at vabred.org.