CHANCE FARM WINS FUTURITY BONUS

The Virginia Breeder’s Fund’s Yearling Futurity features a $15,000 purse. The first $10,000 is awarded at the event, and the final $5,000 is awarded to the top-four Virginia-bred earners at the end of their three-year-old racing year.

The 2006 VBF Futurity results have been tabulated and Brook and Lindsley Royster’s Chance Farm won the top prized of $3,000 for Delta Weekend.

Delta Weekend, by Jump Start, out of Misty Rain by Rubiano was fifth in the filly division of the Furturity which was judged by Maryland-based trainer Anne Merryman. She was sold at the Keenland September Yearling Sale for $27,000 and resold at the Ocala Select Sale of Two-Year-Olds for $100,000 prior to starting her racing career.

Delta Weekend, ran twice at two at Saratoga and Belmont, finishing third on one occasion. She broke her maiden on October 24, 2008 at Belmont Park following a second and third in her two previous starts at the New York track.

At the end of her sophomore campaign, Delta Weekend had won $47,680 from nine starts with one win, one second and two thirds. In 2009, the Virginia-bred has run four times with one win for additional earnings of $13,240 and she now has career earnings of $60,920.

The Royster’s earned the $3,000 first prize bonus based on Delta Weekend’s $47,680 earnings at the end of her three-year-old year. The Roysters then kindly donated the money back to Virginia Breeders Fund as a sponsorship for VBF Awards Day on Colonial Turf Cup Day at Colonial Downs back in late June.

Futurity Grand Champion Cumberland who was bred by Nellie Mae Cox earned the second place bonus of $1,000 based on his $45,010 in earnings through his sophomore campaign.

The colt by Salt Lake, out of Flying Ylanda by Launch A Dream was purchased by a Virginia-based partnership at the 2006 Eastern Fall Yearling Sale at Timonium for $110,000. The colt then did not reach his reserve as a two-year-old and ultimately raced for Charlottesville-based Wahoo Stable.

Cumberland broke his maiden at second asking at Delaware Park in September of his two-year-old year. After winning ht emaiden event by seven and on-half lengths he went on to capture a starter allowance at Delaware and a $27,000 allowance race at Charles Town. At the end of his two-year-old campaign, Cumberland had made four starts and won three times for earnings of $44,760.

Unfortunately for Cumberland’s connections, the handsome colt would make but two starts at three finishing out of the money on each occasion including a start in the $60,000 John D. Marsh Stakes at Colonial Downs. He concluded his racing career with $45,010 in his bankroll.

Mignon C. Smith’s Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud LLC’s homebred Class Real Rock finished fourth in the 2006 colt class of the VBF Yearling futurity and would go on to be a steeplechase stakes winner.

The son of Smith’s sire Rock Point, out of Class Reality by Class Secret, he made four failed attempts to break his maiden as a two-year-old at Laurel Park and Colonial Downs.

At three, Class Real Rock ran second in a maiden claiming event at Colonial Downs before breaking his maiden over jumps in the $50,000 Gladstone Stakes at Far Hills. At the end of his sophomore campaign, he had $38,830 in qualified earnings.

Eighth in the 2006 colt class was Marjorie Flowers and Deborah Kinney’s colt by Black Tie Affair (IRE) out of Stormy Nation by Storm Boot. Named Only by Invitation, the gelding did not start at two, but earned $33,520 as a three-year-old from six starts with one win, two seconds and one third.

Only by Invitation was second in his debut at Charles Town, third in his second start at Colonial before running second again at the New Kent track. The fourth start at Colonial was the charm as Only by Invitation won the $30,000 maiden claiming event by one and one-quarter lengths.

Only by Invitation has won $6,652 racing as a four-year-old in 2009 and now has $40,172 in career earnings.