TWO HEAVIES NOMINATE LATE

Grade I winner Circular Quay (pictured left) is one of four late nominations to the $1,000,000 Virginia Derby (gr. II) Saturday July 21 at Colonial Downs, while 2006 Champion 2-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna leads 11 late nominations for the $200,000 Virginia Oaks the same day.

Circular Quay would be making his turf debut if trainer Todd Pletcher does elect to send him to New Kent for the 1¼-mile Virginia Derby. Circular Quay scored his biggest win last season in the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) and was one of the Kentucky Derby favorites off a win in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) earlier this season. The Thunder Gulch colt was most recently fifth in the Preakness and has earned $1,177,434.


Adagio, Blazing Dynamo and Laddie’s Poker are the other late nominees for the Virginia Derby.

Adagio would be making his North American debut for trainer Richard Dutrow. The Grand Lodge colt was the favorite in the 2000 Guineas (gr. I) and ran fourth behind Authorized in the Dante Stakes (gr. II) in his most recent outing. Adagio is owned by IEAH Stable, G. Tolchin, J. Ivaraone, and A. Cohen.

Dreaming of Anna was a perfect four for four last season, capping a championship season with a front running score in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). The Rahy filly proved her affinity for Colonial’s Secretariat Turf Course with a course record breaking score in the Tippett Stakes in her second lifetime start. Dreaming of Anna lost her first three starts of 2007, but a return to turf in the Double Delta Stakes got the champion back on track in her most recent start.

Edward P. Evans’ Christmas Kid is another Grade I winning late nomination to the Virginia Oaks. Bred in Virginia by Evans, Christmas Kid scored her biggest win the $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) this spring at Keeneland. The Lemon Drop Kid filly has also won two of her three starts on turf, including the Tropical Park Oaks. Christmas Kid was most recently third in the Grade I Acorn Stakes. James Jerkens trains Christmas Kid.

The fields for the Virginia Derby and the Virginia Oaks will be drawn Monday July 16.