July 10 Weekly Update

The Virginia Horse Industry Board and the Virginia Breeders Fund presented the 2012 Virginia Breeders’ Awards on Saturday night in a special program at Colonial Downs that included five state-bred stakes races. Presentations in eleven categories followed each race and culminated in the crowning of Bodemeister as the M. Tyson Gilpin Horse of the Year and the Champion Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Colt.

Audley Farm, breeders of Bodemeister, also accepted the awards for Leading Virginia Breeder and Champion Virginia Broodmare. Audley-breds won 42 races in 2012 and claimed an in-the-money strike rate of 40 percent. 2012 marks the fourth year Audley has been crowned Leading Virginia Breeder.

In addition to Bodemeister, who stands at WinStar Farm, several Virginia-bred awards went to young stallions now standing in Kentucky and Maryland. Dominus, new to the 2013 Spendthrift roster, received the award for Champion Virginia-bred Turf Horse. Redeemed, standing at Northview Stallion Station in Maryland, received the award for Champion Virginia-bred Older Horse.

Audley gang

Horse of the Year
The Audley Gang


Older Horse Award
Susie Chatfield-Taylor and Jill Gordon-Moore

Virginia-Bred Champions and their connections, in order of award presentation:

Champion Virginia-Bred Steeplechase: WELL FASHIONED
2007 Bay Mare (Cozzene – Cryptos’ Best, by Cryptoclearance)
2012 earnings $45,500; Winner, Crown Royal Hurdle
Accepted by Frank Shipp for breeder Lazy Lane Farms, LLC
Sponsored by theVirginia Gold Cup Association

Champion Virginia-Bred Turf: DOMINUS
2008 Dark Bay Horse (Smart Strike – Cuando,by Lord At War [ARG])
2012 earnings $206,388; Winner, Dwyer Stakes-G2; Bernard Baruch Handicap-G2
Accepted by Donna Dennehy for the breeder, the Estate of Edward P. Evans
Sponsored by Spendthrift Farm

Virginia Leading Breeder: AUDLEY FARM EQUINE, LLC
Champion Virginia Broodmare: UNTOUCHED TALENT
2004 Bay Mare (Storm Cat – Parade Queen,by A.P. Indy)
Accepted by Dr. Jens Von Lepel, President, and Jamie Mcdiarmid, Horse Manager, Audley Farm Equine, LLC
Sponsored by TracksideOnRadio.com

Champion Virginia Bred Older Horse: REDEEMED
2008 Bay Horse (Include – Early Mass, by Pleasant Tap)
2012 earnings $348,000; Winner, Brooklyn Handicap-G2; Greenwood Cup Stakes-G3; Placed, Donn Handicap-G1
Accepted by breeders Wayne and Susan Chatfield-Taylor, Morgan’s Ford Farm
Sponsored by Northview Stallion Station

Champion Virginia Bred Sprinter: CAMP VICTORY
2007 Dark Bay/Brown Gelding (Forest Camp – Victory Trick, by Clever Trick)
2012 earnings $210,000; Winner, Triple Bend Handicap-G1
Accepted by breeders Danny Atkins and Lee Ann Smith, Atkins Home, Inc.
Sponsored by PTK, LLC

Champion Virginia Bred Two-Year-Old Filly: A LOVER’S QUESTION
2010 Chestnut Filly (Spring At Last – Kelly’s Question, by Mr. Greeley)
2012 earnings $67,230; Winner, Jamestown Stakes
Accepted by breeder and owner R. Larry Johnson
Sponsored by WinStar Farm, LLC

Champion Virginia Bred Three-Year-Old Filly: HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT
2009 Roan Filly (Holy Bull – What Do I Do, by Two Smart)
2012 earnings $80,650; Winner, Oakley Stakes
Accepted by breeder and owner R. Larry Johnson
Sponsored by Lady Olivia at North Cliff, LLC

Champion Virginia Bred Older Mare (Tie):
2008 Chestnut Mare (Royal Academy – In too Deep, by The Deep [IRE])
2012 earnings $134,670; Placed, Athenia Stakes-G3
Accepted by breeder, owner and trainer Susan S. Cooney
Sponsored by Lazy Lane Farms, LLC

2008 Dark Bay Mare
(Jump Start – Shawnee Country, by Chief’s Crown)
2012 earnings $150,590; Winner, Winter Melody Stakes
Accepted by breeders Wayne and Susan Chatfield-Taylor, Morgan’s Ford Farm
Sponsored by Lazy Lane Farms, LLC

M. Tyson Gilpin Horse of the Year and Champion Virginia Bred Three Year Old Colt: BODEMEISTER
2009 Bay Colt (Empire Maker – Untouched Talent,by Storm Cat)
2012 earnings $1,304,800; Winner, Arkansas Derby-G1; Placed, Kentucky Derby-G1; Preakness Stakes-G1
Accepted by Dr. Jens von Lepel, President, Allyn Carnman, Vice President and Jamie Mcdiarmid, Horse Manager, Audley Farm Equine, LLC
Sponsored by theVirginia Horse Industry Board



Grade III Highlander Stakes, Woodbine
Purse: $200,000 Guaranteed

The Morgan’s Ford Farm-bred Go Blue or Go Home took the Grade III Highlander Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, leading wire-to-wire to annex the 6-furlong contest by 5 ¼ lengths. The 4-year-old Virginia-bred was bred in partnership with Winstar Farm and is a gelded son of Bluegrass Cat out of Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern.

Trained by Reade Baker and owned by Jim and Susan Hill, Go Blue or Go Home has won five of his seven starts to date, including the Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle in early June and an allowance race at Churchill.

Jamestown Stakes, Colonial Downs

Purse: $50,000 Guaranteed

Includes: $10,000 VBF

In the first of his three stakes wins on Saturday night, jockey Sheldon Russell piloted the 2-year-old colt Long On Value to a 2 ½ length victory in the Jamestown Stakes, 5 ½ furlongs on the outer turf.

Long On Value, bred by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds and owned by Richard Hessee, raced close to the pace, gaining the lead within the three-sixteenths marker, and drawing away decisively.

The son of Value Plus, out of Long Message, is trained by Don Roberson. The final time was 1:05.02.

Oakley Stakes, Colonial Downs

Purse: $50,000

Includes: $10,000 VBF

Virginia owner-breeder Sam English’s 3-year-old filly Lion Down By Me defeated 2012’s Champion 2-year-old Heaven Knows What in a barn-storming finish in the Oakley Stakes. Larry Johnson’s Heaven Knows What set the pace out of the gate and hung gamely, but Lion Down By Me came roaring in the shadow of the wire to nip the victory for trainer Robbie Bailes and jockey Xavier Perez.

By Lion Heart, out of the El Prado Mare Eugapae, Lion Down By Me covered the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05 flat.


Winner’s Circle

Long on Value

Jamestown Stakes
Long On Value at the finish

Lion Down By me

Oakley Stakes
Lion Down by Me at the finish


Brookemeade Stakes, Colonial Downs

Purse: $50,000

Includes: $10,000 VBF

Virginia-based Carla Morgan trained the aptly-named winner of the 1 1/16 mile Brookemeade Stakes. Lady Olivia, owned and bred by Lady Olivia at North Cliff, was the first stakes winner for David Dobson’s farm. The four-year-old rated kindly under Sheldon Russell in the back of the pack, scooted closer coming out of the turn, found a seam between horses in the stretch and prevailed by a neck. Virginians Reid Nagle and Karen Godsey finished second and third with Leda’s Swan and Cobbley’s Breeze, respectively.

Lady Olivia is by Silver Deputy, out of Uncanny Ability, by Cryptoclearance.

Bert Allen Stakes, Colonial Downs

Purse: $50,000

Includes: $10,000 VBF

Audley-bred Dannhauser returned the scene of his 2012 Daniel Van Clief victory to annex the Bert Allen S. in similar style. In an electrifying stretch drive, Dannhauser split horses midstretch and sailed home 2 lengths to the good. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell trains the son of Johannesburg for owner Prince Farm.

The 1 1/16 mile Bert Allen was the Dannhauser’s 2013 debut, following two stakes wins in 2012. O’Connell gave 5-year-old a winter break after an 8th-place finish in the Grade III Tropical Turf Handicap in November. He returned in scintillating style here, however, and O’Connell suggested that an ongoing campaign is forthcoming.

Dannhauser is by Johannesburg out of Hatpin, by Smart Strike.

Lady Olivia gang
Brookmeade Stakes

Frank Shipp presents Brookmeade trophy to David Dobson

Bert Allen Stakes

Dannhauser at the finish

Punchline Stakes, Colonial Downs

Purse: $50,000

Includes: $10,000 VBF

Ashland-based Stephanie Nixon continued her hot streak at Colonial with Boltin’ Out in the final stakes race of the night. The 4-year-old son of Outflanker took the lead coming into the stretch of the 5 ½ furlong contest and despite drifting out near the sixteenth pole, held off Casey Randall’s Jake Rattle N Roll. The Punchline was Boltin’ Out’s third win of the meet.

Bred by Anne Tucker and owned by John Tucker, Boltin’ Out is out of the Runaway Groom mare Boltin’ Bride. Richard Monterrey rode.

Stephanie Nixon
Punch Line Stakes
Stephanie Nixon cheers for Boltin’ Out

Stormin Margaret (f, 3yo), Here’s Zealous – Storm in Philly by Smoke Glacken. B – Rodger L. Smith.
Suffolk Downs, 7/6/2013, mdn sp wgt, $10,800, 5.5 f, 1:08.00.
Toccet’s Charm (g, 6yo), Toccet – Ruler’s Charm by Cape Town. B – Audley Farm Inc.
Hastings Racecourse, 7/7/2013, clmg, $6,144, 8.5 f, 1:44.33. ($16,000, yrlg, 2008, ftmoct)
Wolverton (g, 5yo), Not for Love – Valcrest by Val De L’orne (FR). B – C. Oliver Iselin III.
Colonial Downs, 7/5/2013, clmg, $13,920, 8 f, 1:40.34.



July 3

Kalahari Queen (m, 5yo), Ministers Wid Cat – Atlantra by Majestic Light. T – Karen Dennehy Godsey, clmg, $12,000, 5 ½ f, 1:06.89.

Pioneer Zephyr (f, 4yo), Too Much Bling – Sister’s Shamrock by American Chance. T – Karen Dennehy Godsey, clmg, $11,000, 5 ½ f, 1:06.66.

Country Sunshine (f, 2), Bluegrass Cat – Talent by Cryptoclearance. O/B – William M. Backer Revocable Trust, MSW, $30,000, 5 ½ f, 1:08.85.

Medicine Show (f, 3), Nobiz Like Shobiz – Delicious by Alphabet Soup. O/B – Sam E. English, II, mdn, $12,000, 5 f, 1:01.11.

July 4

Suninyoureyes (g, 4), Sunriver – Boggs Eyes by Miesque’s Son. O/T – Jerry W. Johnson, mdn, $10,000, 1 m, 1:42.72.

Makelovenotwar (g, 5), War Front – Gatherindy by A.P. Indy. O – Burning Daylight Farms, Inc, mdn, $10,000, 5 ½ f, 1:06.49.

Pack A Punch (g, 3), Marciano – Savannah Princess by Gilded Time. O – Big Lick Farm, T – Reid Nagle, clmg, $11,000, 5 ½ f, 1:05.94.

Queen of Legends (f, 4), Mizzen Mast – Christina Czarina by Czaravich. O – Big Lick Farm, T – Reid Nagle, clmg, $13,000, 1 m, 1:42.29.

Harbingerofthings (f, 4), Rockport Harbor – Kelly’s Question by Mr. Greeley. O/B – R. Larry Johnson, clmg, $20,000, 1 m, 1:40.52.

Asian Invasion (f, 4), Proud Accolade – Burmese Ruby by Rubiano. O – Big Lick Farm, T – Reid Nagle, clmg, $11,000, 1 m, 1:41.63.

July 5

Military Wife (m, 5), Military – Angelica Facci by Itaka. O – Wildcard Stable (Bob and Beverly Bouse), B – Wild Card Stables, clmg, $11,000, 1 m, 1:41.00.

Herthum (c, 3), Strong Contender – Cat Alert by Tabasco Cat. O – Marshall E. Dowell, MSW, $30,000, 7 f, 1:23.29.

Wolverton (g, 5), Not For Love – Valcrest by Val de l’Orne (FR). T – James Day, B – C. Oliver Iselin III, O – Daybreak Stables, Inc, clmg, $12,000, 1 m, 1:40.34.


Manacor (g, 5), Refuse To Bend (IRE) – Mollyputtheketelon by Rainbow Quest. T – James Day, O – Daybreak Stables, Inc, clmg, $20,000, 1 m, 1:40.10.

Rising Ember (f, 3), Johannesburg – Your Flame in Me by Boundary. T – Suzanne Dempsey, O – R. Larry Johnson, mdn, $13,200, 5 ½ f, 1:06.85.

July 6

Father Hughes (g, 5), Henny Hughes – Ms. Patty B. by *Grey Dawn II. O – R. Larry Johnson, T – Suzanne Dempsey, clmg, $13,300, 5 ½ f, 1:05.44.

Complete St. (f, 3), St. Averil – Complete Number by Polish Numbers. O – Harlan Crossman, B – Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud LLC, MSW-S, $30,000, 5 ½ f, 1:05.71.

Anybodyreallyknow (g, 3), Holy Bull – What Do I Do by Two Smart. O/B – R. Larry Johnson, MSW-S, $30,000, 5 ½ f, 1:05.59.

Long On Value (c, 2), Value Plus – Long Message (Orientate). O – Richard P. Hessee, B – Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds (Bob Powell), T – Don Roberson, Jamestown Stakes-S, $50,000, 5 ½ f, 1:05.02.

Lion Down By Me (m, 5), Lion Heart – Eugapae by El Prado (IRE). O/B – Sam E. English II, Oakley Stakes-S, $50,000, 5 ½ f, 1:05.00.

Lady Olivia (f, 4), Silver Deputy – Uncanny Ability by Cryptoclearance. O/B – Lady Olivia at Northcliff LLC (David Dobson), T – Carla Morgan, Brookmeade Stakes-S, $50,000, 1 1/16 m, 1:46.40.

Dannhauser (g, 5), Johannesburg – Hatpin by Smart Strike. B – Audley Farm, Bert Allen Stakes-S, $50,000, 1 1/16 m, 1:47.75.

Boltin’ Out (g, 4), Outflanker – Boltin’ Bride by Runaway Groom. B – Anne N. Tucker, O – John W. Tucker, T – Stephanie Nixon, Punch Line Stakes-S, $50,000, 5 f, 58.38.

Roxbury Rocket (f, 4), Political Force – Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius. B – Audley Farm, O – Burning Daylight Farms, Inc (Art Watson), clmg, $11,000, 5 f, 59.46.

July 7

Calvary Raid (g, 3), Stephen Got Even – Soft Weather by Montreal Red. O/B – Sam E. English II, mdn, $13,200, 1 m, 1:41.33.

Luciano’s Soul (g, 5), Perfect Soul (IRE) – Lady Nadine (GB) by Alzao. B – Lady Olivia at Northcliff LLC, O – Daniel A. Young, T – Daniel Young, clmg, $11,000, 1 m, 1:42.38.


Owner-breeder Larry Johnson accepted the award for his 2012 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Heaven Knows What one race after that filly’s full brother won a 5 ½ maiden special weight on the outer turf with style.

Heaven Knows What won two out of her three starts in Virginia in 2012, including the Oakley Stakes. The daughter of Holy Bull went on to finish fourth in Saratoga in the Coronation Cup Stakes. Her gelded 3-year-old half brother defeated six rivals by 1 ¼ lengths after a duel with Hugh McMahon’s Bold Harmony, after that horse floated him out in the stretch.

The final time was 1:05.59.



July 3, trainer Karen Dennehy Godsey had two winners at Colonial Downs, winning with Kalahari Queen and Pioneer Zephyr. She also finished second behind Pioneer Zephyr with Sally Oh Sally in the 5 ½ furlong claiming race.

July 4, Reid Nagle had two winners at Colonial Downs, winning with Pack A Punch and Asian Invasion.

July 5, trainer Jimmy Day had two winners at Colonial Downs, winning with Wolverton and Manacor, both for Daybreak Stables.

July 6, owner Larry Johnson had two winners at Colonial Downs, winning with Father Hughes and Anybodyreallyknow.

July 6, Audley Farm bred two winners at Colonial Downs, Roxbury Rocket and Bert Allen Stakes winner Dannhauser.



Richmond-native Jerry Radford’s new book, set almost exclusively at Colonial Downs, hit stands on June 24. What About Mario, a stand-alone follow-up to his 2008 release One After Another, is part of Mr. Radford’s large canon of horseracing suspense novels, and represents years of involvement in Virginia racing.

“I’ve had horse racing in one form or the other, and dominating in some of them, in every book I’ve written and always will, because it brings so much to the table in terms of characters and locations and things that can happen,” Radford said. “I think I know enough about it to be able to get into the inside of stories.”

Radford, who has owned horses for 20 years, was introduced to racing on a business entertainment trip to Bowie, during his years with a Richmond advertising agency. He watched one race and was hooked, telling his friends that he was going to own a horse one day.

Radford’s interest in horses was a mystery, at first. He grew up in the downtown Richmond neighborhood of Oregon Hill: “No farm, no nothing. The closest I ever came to it was riding a little pony around in a circle on Cary Street for a quarter,” Radford said.

His unabashed – and unexplained – love of the sport lead Radford to do a little digging on the geneology of his obsession. Some careful sleuthing later, and Radford had his answer:

“I found out that my great-grandfather Henry C. Eacho ran a livery stable down in Shockoe Bottom and kept the city police horses down there that patrolled, and his son, my grandmother’s brother, who died of a young age of appendicitis, owned a thoroughbred and raced him and was friends with the farm manager at The Meadow, and they used to trailer horses together down to Hialeah and race. I guess it’s in my genes.”

Radford estimates he has been involved with 50 – 60 horses in his career, working with Virginia trainers Donna Dennehy, Jack Ludwig and Mert and Robbie Bailes over the years. A horse he owned in partnership with Dennehy and Charlie Heath, Sting’em, won the 1987 Count Fleet Stakes. When Radford changed careers, leaving the ad business to coach women’s basketball at VCU, he scaled down his racing involvement. His last horse on the track was Sting’em’s brother, a private purchase from Audley Farm.

It was also the change of careers that prompted Radford to become a novelist. An ad-man for 30 years, Radford started out as a copy-writer and found that when he moved to coaching, he missed the opportunity to be creative.

“When I went to coaching, I was pretty happy to get away from the stress of the ad business, although it had been good to me and I had success with it,” Radford said. “I didn’t miss the stress but I missed the creativity. I was on a recruiting trip to Portland, Oregon, and was on a plane a lot. I came home and I told my wife, I’m going to write a novel. She looked at me like I was nuts, but at five o’clock the next morning, I started.”

Radford, who writes with a copy of Jane Smiley’s Horse Heaven beside his chair, prides himself on the variety of stories in his books. What About Mario focuses on the relationship between two characters from One After Another.

“I did a lot of book clubs with One After Another and one after another, a lot of people, particularly the females, came back to me and said, we want to know more about what’s going to happen with these people,” Radford said. “So I started to write it.”

The effort took two years, spanning a period of Radford’s life that included the loss of his wife of 50 years to cancer.

“The last 3 ½ years was rough,” Radford said. “She passed away a year ago, June 23. I couldn’t write it. I was trying to write it and I couldn’t do it, too many things going on at one time and trying to focus. She kept pushing me to do it, ‘Jerry you need to go back and write. Don’t worry about me, write the book.’ I’d written about 20 pages and put it aside for two years. End of last August, first part of September, I got back on it and started writing it.”

What About Mario is available through Amazon in both Kindle and print editions.

Mr. Radford now resides in Virginia Beach, but can be found at Colonial Downs when the meet is on.