Code Red, a Virginia sire, earned a $9,000 bonus for owner/breeder Chester Broman & Mary Broman by winning a $60,000 maiden special weight race at Belmont July 8th in her first lifetime outing. The 2 year old filly was foaled in New York and is by Friend Or Foe out of Dash Dot Cash by Put It Back. She trailed by six lengths through 3/8ths, moved to within a length at the top of the stretch, angled five wide in the lane and won by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:05.90. Code Red paid $36.60 for the upset score over eight other two year olds.
Code Red, a Virginia sired horse, earned a $9,000 bonus for a win at Belmont Park July 8. Photo courtesy of Adam Coglianese.
Third largest July bonus of $6,412 went to Mark Lapidus LLC’s Service for Ten, who captured a $45,000 allowance optional claiming race July 24th at Laurel with a last to first second half. The 7 year old Service Stripe gelding, bred by Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Cox, competed against six others at the six furlong distance. The upset winner was last at the half but came outside in the stretch, gained the lead with 1/16th to go and crossed four lengths ahead of Struth in 1:10.65. Out of the Wild Zone mare, Tenacious Cheryl, Service for Ten paid $25.60. After going more than two years without a win, he has won two straight and bankrolled $416,645.
Service for Ten’s lifetime bankroll soared over the $400,000 mark thanks to an allowance win July 24th at Laurel. Photo by Jim McCue.
Available’s win July 10th at Laurel gave owner, trainer and breeder Suzanne Dempsey a $5,985 bonus. The beneficiary of a disqualification, Available finished a head behind original winner Thirteenth Avenue, but got placed first after a stewards review. The 7 year old Bop gelding ran second throughout the $42,000 allowance sprint but was bumped in mid-stretch and moved up as a result, gaining his first win of 2016 and second career triumph. He is out of the Star Trace mare, Morelias Star, and has now earned $123,556.
Available (#7) lost to Thirteenth Avenue by a head July 10, but got bumped up to the wining slot after a stewards review. Photo by Jim McCue.
Rounding out the top five was Tough Weather who stayed hot by winning for the fourth time in her last five starts. Bred by Sam English II and trained by Scott Lake, the 5 year old daughter of Wiseman’s Ferry beat four other foes in the six furlong, $36,000 allowance optional claiming race at Delaware Park. Tough Weather went gate to wire and crossed in 1:11.32 as the heavy betting choice. The victor, out of the Montreal Red mare, Soft Weather, has 7 wins, a second and a third in ten starts this year alone, good for $90,420 in earnings. The win gave owner Thomas Reynolds a $5,400 bonus.
Other July Virginia-bred and sired winners who provided their owners with a bonus included Picked ($4,050), Runningthevale ($3,990), Rebellious Warrior ($3,847), Lime House Louie ($3,405), Joe Tess ($3,285), Manakin Road ($3,135), Porte Cochere ($3,135), Galaxy Express ($2,760), Money Tree ($2,220), True Cost ($2,145), What a Wildcat ($1,800), Hooping ($1,650), Explore ($913) and Ghost Is Fine ($913).
Galaxy Express wins at Delaware Park on 7/27/16 and earned a $2,760 bonus. photo courtesy of Hoofprints, Inc.