Trio Of Virginia-Breds Collect Maiden Scores This Past Week

In advance of Saturday’s (Sept. 30) Commonwealth Day” program at Laurel Park, Cross Roads, Sheet Lightning and Gentle Prince all earned their first lifetime victories this past week in Virginia-bred action. Just Call Kenny, Code West and American Dubai all earned top three finishes in key stakes. And veteran horses like Defondo, What a Wildcat, Bourbon and Beer, and Greek God reached the winner’s circle in various claiming events around the country.

Cross Roads broke her maiden at Laurel September 22nd in a 5 1/2 furlong sprint that featured a field of ten. The 3 year old Quality Road filly, trained by Mike Trombetta, authored a gate to wire effort with jockey Forest Boyce astride. She crossed in 1:02.92 and finished one length ahead of Nina’s patience. Out of the Meadowlake mare, Sincerely, Cross Roads was bred by and is owned by Larry Johnson.

Cross Roads was best in a $22,000 maiden claimer at Laurel September 22nd. Photo by Jim McCue.

Sheet Lightning was also part of a ten horse field of maiden claimers at Delaware that competed one mile, 70 yards. The 3 year old Fierce Wind filly raced among the top three until deep stretch where she ran down the front runners and crossed a length to the better in 1:42.22. Bred by Susan Minor and trained by James Lawrence II, Sheet Lightning reached the winner’s circle for the first time in eight outs to complement a runner-up and a trio of third place finishes. Owners Donald McMurray and Bruce Burns will receive a 25% bonus for the win courtesy of the VTA/HBPA Mid-Atlantic incentive program. Larry Johnson received a bonus as well for Cross Roads’ win.

Gentle Prince broke also broke his maiden in a ten horse battle, but did it 3,000 miles farther west. The 2 year old Exchange Rate gelding, who was making his lifetime debut, came from seventh early on to win by a neck at Emerald Downs. The winner covered six furlongs in 1:11.88 in the $18,500 MSW class. Bred by the Three Ladies Racing Stable, Gentle Prince is out of Runninglikeanangel by Rockport Harbor.