The $500,000 QEII Stakes at Keeneland was won by a Kentucky-bred with Virginia roots. Joyce Young and Gerald McManis‘ Bit O’ Whimsy won the race over Dreaming Of Anna.

Both Young and McManis are Virginians. It was Young’s first win in Kentucky, McManis‘ first Grade I and only the second victory ever at Keeneland for trainer Barclay Tagg.

Young, from Manassas, is the sister of George Rowand. McManis is a family freind from Wintergreen.

Bit O’Whimsy was bred by Young and her mother Joyce Bonner Rowand, and she comes from the family that put the Rowand family on the breeding and racing map. Bit O’Whimsy is out of Kriti B, who is out of Highland Mills.

Highland Mills was purchased as a weanling for a Rowand-based partnership managed by George. Well known Virginia bloodstock agent Tyson Gilpin oversaw the purchase. Highland Mills did little to distinguish herself at the races, but in the breeding shed she got the Rowands and their trainer, Barclay Tagg, rolling along.

Highland Mills would produce Grade I winners Miss Josh and Royal Mountain Inn and the Grade III winners Highland Crystal and Highland Springs.