September 6 Weekly Update

Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity Results   The VTA hosted the thirteenth annual Virginia Breeders Fund $15,000 Yearling Futurity on Saturday at the Warrenton Horse Show. Judged by Fasig Tipton luminary (and Virginian) Bill Graves, the Futurity also included ringside commentary by Virgina horsewoman Susie Hart and a seminar hosted by Mr. Graves.


After a VTA breakfast of coffee and bagels, a good crowd gathered ringside during the futurity to hear Susie’s commentary. She pointed out the characteristics that are desirable in young racehorses as each class was judged, emphasizing both conformation and walk.The fillies dominated the day, with the first and second place in that division taking Champion and Grand Champion.


After the pinning, the crowd moved under the tent to hear Mr. Graves give his thoughts on common traits seen in successful racehorses. He answered questions from the group and went through images of each Virginia-bred that sold at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga.


Results were as follows:



Unnamed Dark Bay or Brown Filly

Desert Party x Zamgo by Zamindar

Breeder: Nellie M. Cox & Rose Retreat Farm

Owner: Nellie M. Cox



Unnamed Bay Filly

City Zip – Thors Daughter by Tiznow

Breeder/Owner: Morgan’s Ford Farm




Dark Bay or Brown Colt

Jump Start x Britannia by Sea Hero

Breeder/Owner: Althea Richards




Chestnut Colt

Kitten’s Joy x Lido Lady -Lido Palace (CHI)

Breeder/Owner: Magalen O. Bryant


Check out a video of the top four finishers here!

Futurity champ

Grand Champion of the Virginia Breeder’s Fund Yearling Futurity and winner
of the filly division was Nellie Mae Cox’s beautiful Desert Party filly.

City Zip filly

Reserve Champion

Susie and Wayne Chatfield-Taylor’s City Zip filly was Reserve Champion and second place winner of the filly division.

Jump start colt


 Colt Division Winner

Althea Richard’s Jump Start colt out of Britannia by Sea Hero was winner of the colt division of the VBF’s Yearling Futurity.


Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Open Barn
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will host its annual Open Barn at the James River Work Center on Sunday, September 15. Come see James River resident and TRF mascot Covert Action, sponsored by the VTA.


The Open Barn will run from 10 AM to 2 PM. We hope to see many of our members there to support this wonderful cause.


VTA sponsored Covert Action running for his morning meal.


Double-Header for Virginia Trainer/Owner

Virginia trainer/owner Suzanne Dempsey, farm manager for Virginia breeder Larry Johnson, notched two winners at Timonium on Saturday. First time starter He’s My Brother, bred in Maryland by Mr. Johnson and owned by Ms. Dempsey, bolted away to a 3-length victory in the first race. Two races later, the same connections celebrated the victory of Virginia-bred That’sthequestion in a 6 1/2 -furlong claiming race.


He’s My Brother is by Partner’s Hero out of the Prospect Bay mare Hurricane Isabella. Multiple stakes-placed That’sthequestion is by Holy Bull out of the Two Smart mare What Do I Do.


Timonium Meet Ends; PTK Second Leading Owners

The Timonium meet closed September 2, with Virginia-based PTK taking second place in the leader-boards. PTK claimed three winners out of 8 starters, tying leading owner Midwest Thoroughbreds for wins. PTK earned $37,800 for the meet and claim a 38 percent strike rate. Congratulations to all connections!


First Whippoorwill (2008, M). Delaware, 9/2/13, Allowance. 1 1/16 m (T).
O – Stone Farm and Kenneth Tomlinson. T – H. Graham Motion. B – Kenneth Tomlinson. 

Joyous Music (2008, M). Timonium, 9/2/13. Allowance. 4 furlongs.
O – David A. Ross. T – Hugh. McMahon. B – John O. Sutton.


Meant Every Tear (2010, C). Timonium, 9/2/13. Claiming. 1 m.
O/B – PTK. T – Dane Kobiskie.


Coal And Ice (2011, F). Saratoga, 9/2/13. Maiden. 6 furlongs.
O – Clark O. Brewster. B – Gainesway Thorougbreds & Debbie Easter.


Foggy Road (2010, G). Saratoga, 9/2/13. Maiden. 6 furlongs. B – Hart Farm.
O – Dubb, the Elkstone Group, Bethlehem Stables LLC et al.



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