LAST, BUT NOT LEAST – THE VIRGINIAN PILOT

The Virginian-Pilot which has given Colonial Downs very little coverage this year (probably, like most newspapers, due to a shrinking pool of reporters and other resources), did run a story about the Virginia Derby.

Nicanor tabbed as early favorite for Virginia Derby

The Virginian-Pilot© July 14, 2009
Staff report
NEW KENT
Nicanor, a 7-2 favorite, heads the field for Saturday’s Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs. He nabbed the fourth starting position in Monday’s draw for the 1-1/4-mile race on turf.

Nicanor is a full brother to Barbaro, who won the 2007 Kentucky Derby and broke down in the Preakness Stakes two weeks later. Jockey Jose Lezcano, who guided Summer Doldrums to victory in the 2007 Colonial Turf Cup, has the mount aboard Nicanor.

Second favorite at 4-1 is Battle of Hastings, the Colonial Turf Cup winner. Trained by Jeff Mullins and owned by Mike House, the 3-year-old gelding is scheduled to arrive at Colonial Downs today.
He has won five of 10 lifetime starts and has earned $474,592. Jockey Tyler Baze will pilot Mullins’ horse for the sixth straight time.

Saturday’s undercard features the $150,000 Virginia Oaks and the $50,000 Kittens Joy Stakes. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race is scheduled for 12:55 p.m.

The Virginia Derby is schedule to start about 6 p.m.