DIXIE COLONY WINS FIRST VA-BRED RACE

By Will O’Keefe

Two things come to mind as a result of the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point races.

One is that Jimmy Day has done a great job getting his stable ready to run under adverse conditions.

The other is that Dot Smithwick, as well, has her stable ready to go.

Antonio Star and Endless Mountain are multiple winners over timber, and their efforts on Saturday would indicate their fitness for upcoming engagements over fences.

In addition, Pennsylvanian Ricky Hendriks has found a home away from home in recent years for two Virginia-bred flat horses that he trains. Debra Kachel’s Dixie Colony and Liza Hendriks’ Love Colony were both bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III from Middleburg and were entered in the $2,000 seven furlong Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association race at Warrenton.

Both of the Hendriks horses had won the $20,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship for Virginia-breds at Great Meadow – Love Colony in 2009 and Dixie Colony in 2006. Hendriks scratched Love Colony but left Dixie Colony in with Jake Chalfin up. Dixie Colony had won this race in 2006, and duplicated that effort.

Chalfin sent Dixie Colony (pictured here on a much dryer day) to the lead at the get go and was never headed. Randy Rouse’s Protocol Chief and Tom Foley threatened with a half mile to run, but tired. Mary Fleming Finlay’s Hey Doctor also made a run at him at the head of the stretch, but Chalfin had a little extra for the run to the wire and won by two lengths.

COMPLETE ORDER OF FINISH:
1) Dixie Colony (g. 2000 by by Citidancer, out of Soaring Colony, by Pleasant Colony), Bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III (Va), Jake Chaflin (rider), Debra Kachel (owner), Ricky Hendriks (trainer), $1,200
2) Hey Doctor, Bruce Daley, Mary Fleming Finlay, Mrs. D. M. Smithwick, $400
3) Protocol Chief, Tom Foley, Randolph D. Rouse, Randolph D. Rouse, $220
4) Owkie Hokie, Natasha Aylor, Warren Owens, William Aylor, Jr., $100