Friday, September 20, 2013

Virginia Thoroughbred Association
September 20 Weekly Update
Grade I Winner for Virginia Owner Maggie Bryant

Congratulations to Maggie Bryant and trainer Leslie Young on the victory of Gustavian (Giant’s Causeway – Mossflower, by Affirmed) in the Grade I Lonesome Glory Handicap at Belmont on Thursday. The gallant gelding tracked the leaders on the inside, then launched a bid coming into the straight for the final time. Dueling with second-place finisher All Together in the final furlong, Gustavian stuck his nose in front to win on the bob.The 7-year-old has been second in both of his previous starts this year, the Grade III National Hunt Cup Stakes and the Grade III Temple Gwathmey Hurdle Handicap. In 2012, he won the William Entenmann Memorial Hurdle Stakes at Belmont.

Virginia owner Maggie Bryant

She’s all smiles after Gustavian’s big win
The Winner

Gustavian (blue cap) captured the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory by a nose after All Together missed judged the last fence

Photo courtesy NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Open Barn Event was held September 15
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River on Sunday held their annual Open Barn event, attracting a huge crowd that included Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker, Deputy Secretary Bryan Rhode, and former NYRA and Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary Lenny Hale.TRF President Anne Tucker touted the event as a tremendous success.


“We had a huge crowd and you could just feel the enthusiasm in the barn,” Tucker said. “I think people were very inspired by hearing the men talk about the horses they cared for. I think they were very pleased with the way all the horses looked.”


Organized in 2007 by bloodstock agent L. Clay Camp and former Virginia Racing Commission Chairman Robin Traywick Williams, the program has rehabbed and adopted out 35 horses and certified more than 50 inmates using the Groom Elite curriculum. There are currently 22 horses in the herd.


Williams highlighted the importance of Hale’s attendance. Hale is a TRF National Board member and the head of the TRF’s committee for prison programs (the Second Chances Program).


“It is great to have someone with Lenny’s experience in the industry on the TRF board,” Williams said. “The fact that he’s also a horseman means he has the respect of the volunteers caring for herds at the local level. It certainly meant a lot to all of us at the James River chapter that he drove down from Baltimore to see the program and meet our officers and volunteers.”


Secretary of Public Safety Decker and Deputy Secretary Rhode spent a couple of hours at the event, talking to inmates about the program, meeting volunteers and discussing the program with TRF officials. They both seemed to enjoy themselves. Rhode has horses and Decker professed to love horses.


“We were so pleased to have a member of Gov. McDonnell’s cabinet there,” Williams said. “The governor has put a lot of emphasis on re-entry programs for inmates being released, and we were glad to have a chance to show Secretary Decker how ex-racehorses can contribute to successful re-entry for motivated inmates.”


The barns stayed full throughout the day, with shuttle drivers making many trips from the parking area to the barn.


“We had one of our old-timers and hard-keepers out back and we explained how some of these horses have special needs and how we are trying to address those needs,” Tucker said. “It was just a great day.”

Vinny Goodtimes (gelding, Stormy Atlantic – Eclectic Mix, by Zamindar). Virginia-bred. September 10, 10th Race, Belmont. Starter/Optional Claimer $66,000. Bred by Hickory Tree Farm, LLC.Radiant Talent (colt, Johannesburg – Dignified Diva by Meadowlake). September 11, Charles Town. NW3L Allowance, $27,000. Owned by PTK, LLC. Trained by Dane Kobiskie.


Hilary Sylvester (gelding, Black Tie Affair – Ballade’s Joy by Devil His Due). Virginia-bred. September 11, 9th Race, Charles Town. Maiden $5,000, $11,000. Trained by Susan Cooney. Owned by member Lawrence G. McDade.


Hunter’s Hollow (gelding, Bob And John – Deal The Cards, by Mt. Livermore). September 12, 5th Race, Charles Town. NW3L claiming $8,000; $16,000 purse. Bred and owned by Sam E. English II. Trained by Richard Butts Jr.


Orchestra Leader (gelding, Van Nistelrooy – Magic Of Life, by Seattle Slew). September 14, 8th Race, Delaware Park, NW2L claiming $25,000; $30,000 purse. Owned by Bruce Smart Jr. Trained by James Day.


I Will If You Will (filly, E Dubai – Royal Illusion by Louis Quatorze). September 14, 3rd Race, Penn National, NW1x allowance, $31,000. Owned by Robert Gerczak.


Kristin’s Birdie (filly, Gunnerside – Early Birdie, by Western Cat). September 12, 9th Race, Charles Town, Maiden $5,000; purse $11,000. Owned and bred by Stephen L. Reggetts. Graduate of Eagle Point Farm in Ashland, Virginia.


Medaglia de Plata (filly, Medallist – Silent Butler, by Black Tie Affair). September 13, Race 7, Charles Town. Allowance, $27,000. Owned by Kazdan Racing Stables. Graduate of Eagle Point Farm in Ashland, Virginia.

Politics and Racing 

Check out John Fredericks’ pari-mutuel take on the gubernatorial race. Thanks for giving our friends at Colonial Downs a little free press, John!

James S. Carter bred Brudda Clyde (gelding, Political Force – Flying Kitten, by Lord Carson), winner of a claiming race at Emerald Downs September 14.Atkins Hom, Inc. bred Clever Answer (filly, Fusaichi Pegasus – Captain’s Daughter by Captain Bodgit), winner of a claiming race at Charles Town September 13.


Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. bred Helicopter Ace (gelding, Hansel – Rixa, by Polish Navy), winner of a claiming race at Louisiana Downs September 14; and Wizwit (gelding, Congaree – Cielo Girl, by Conquistador Cielo), winner of an allowance at Charles Town September 13.


The Estate of Edward P. Evans bred Noble Moon (colt, Malibu Moon – Mambo Bell, by Kingmambo), 2-year-old winner of a $48,000 maiden special weight at Belmont Park September 14; and Whodoyoulikeboss (filly, Grand Slam – Cat Minstrel, by Storm Cat), winner of a maiden claiming at Remington Park September 11.


Rodger L. Smith bred Stormin Margaret (filly, Here’s Zealous – Storm In Philly by Smoke Glacken), winner of an allowance at Suffolk Downs September 11.


Audley Farm bred Veronica Ln (filly, Nobiz Like Shobiz – Ruler’s Charm, by Cape Town), winner of a maiden special weight at Charles Town September 12.

Have a graduate from your Virginia training center that has won? Send us the info and we’ll include them in our “Virginia Connections” section! 

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The Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic Fall Yearlings Sale is coming up at Timonium on
Monday, September 30. There are 21 Virginia-breds catalogued. 
All Virginia Gold Cup Races to be Virginia-Bred Preferred as Part of the Old Dominion Turf Championship
For the first time at the fall International Gold Cup Races this year, all races will be Virginia-bred-preferred in order to encourage Virginia-bred ownership. The change grew out of the success of the Old Dominion Turf Championship and is part of the Gold Cup’s continuing efforts to promote both attendance and participation.


“We wanted to rebuild participation by Virginians in horse racing,” said Gold Cup consultant Mike Pearson. “Say a person had a steeplechase horse, you wouldn’t necessarily know you were going to get in at the Gold Cup Races. This way the owner of a Virginia-bred can plan to enter his horse in Gold Cup and know he has first preference to participate and make the corresponding invitations and party plans for a day at the races.”


Pearson cited the success of the Old Dominion Turf Championship as part of the driving impetus behind the change. The Old Dominion Turf Championship

is a series of races held at the Foxfield Fall Races, the Virginia Fall Races and the International Gold Cup Races in which Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired horses are awarded points in lead-up races. Leaders are preferred in the Championship race, held at the International Gold Cup Races and run for a $15,000 purse.



“It’s a terrific opportunity for Virginia-breds to perform in front of a home audience,” Pearson said. “We looked at the value of that and that’s one of the reasons that the Gold Cup has gone to Virginia-bred-preferred in all races.”


“We want to encourage people to be a part of the day as participants in the mutual system, but also as participants in the racing and by having a Virginia-bred, we can almost guarantee that,” Pearson said.


Conditions for all races can be found here


Follow the links for up-to-date information on this complete listing
Sunday, September 291:30 pm Foxfield Fall RacesCharlottesville, Virginia

(434) 293-9501


Saturday, October 5

1:30 pm

Virginia Fall RacesGlenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia

(540) 687-5662

Fax: (540) 687-5811


Sunday, October 6

2:30 pm

Virginia Fall RacesGlenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia

(540) 687-5662

Fax: (540) 687-5811


Saturday, October 12

1:00 pm

Blue Ridge Fall RacesWoodley Farm, Berryville

(540) 722-6403

(540) 539-1577


Saturday, October 19

1:30 pm

International Gold Cup Races Great Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia

(540) 347-2612

Fax: (540) 349-1829


Saturday, November 2

12:15 pm

Montpelier Hunt Races Montpelier Station, Virginia

(540) 672-0027

Fax: (540) 661-0196