Five Virginia-breds on Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap

The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap, published annually since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

A total of 107 males and 92 fillies were assigned weights. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2012 that finished among the top four in graded or listed stakes races run in the continental United States. Listed stakes in 2013 were those with a value of $75,000 or more available to all starters, and no restrictions other than age or sex.

The weighting committee of racing secretaries once again was composed of P.J. Campo of the Stronach Group, Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Five Virginia-breds were ranked this year, two colts and three fillies. Amongst the colts, Bond Holder received a weight of 119, putting him in the Top 10, while Noble Moon received a weight of 114. In the fillies group, Fascinating received a weight of 117, Thank You Marylou 110, and Bern Legacy 104.

Lazy Lane-bred Bond Holder winning the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes in September. Photo Courtesy Benoit Photo.

Lazy Lane-bred Bond Holder winning the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes in September. Photo Courtesy Benoit Photo.

Bond Holder (Mineshaft), bred by Lazy Lane Farms, won the Grade I FrontRunner at Santa Anita in September. Noble Moon (Malibu Moon), bred by the Estate of Edward Evans, ran twice in 2013, including a third-placed finish in the Grade II Nashua in October.

Thank You MaryLou winning the Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs in 2013. Photo Courtesy Coady Photography.

Thank You MaryLou winning the Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs in 2013. Photo Courtesy Coady Photography.

Fascinating (Smart Strike), the half-sister to champion Bodemeister, is dual Grade I-placed, including a third-placed finish in the Grade I Chandelier and a second-placed effort in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante. She was bred by Audley Farm. Thank You Marylou (Birdstone), bred by Mr. and Mrs. Carter McNeely, won the Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs this summer, and ran third in the Grade II Adirondack at Saratoga. Bern Legacy (Bernstein), bred by Lazy Lane Farms, broke her maiden in July before lodging a stakes-placed effort in the Happy Ticket Stakes in September.

You can check out the full rankings and past performances on the Jockey Club website.