VA-BRED DANNHAUSER WINS LAUREL TURF CUP

(Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Audley Farm has had a very good year, and thier racing success continued Saturday at Laurel Park when Virginia-bred Dannhauser won the $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup.

The Audley-bred the son of Johannesburg, out of Hatpin by Smart Strike, who saved ground close to the pace and then sprinted clear from the sixteenth pole.  Under jockey Sheldon Russell, Dannhauser dug in to prevail by a neck over hard-charging See Tobe and Manchurian High who were separated by a nose.
Russell also was aboard Dannhauser when they won the $50,000 restricted Daniel G. Van Clief Stakes at Colonial Downs.  In between his two 2012 stakes wins, the Virginia-bred ran third beat two lengths by yesterday’s runner-up See Tobe and Mr. Irons.
The bettors were unimpressed with his resume as the win paid $46.20 making up a $338.40 exacta.
Audley Farm sold Dannhauser as a yearling at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $270,000.  He was later pinhooked for $350,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
The win was Dannhauser’s fourth of the year for owner Prince Farm LLC and trainer Kathleen O’Connell.  He has made twelve career starts with five wins, two stakes wins and lifetime earnings of $185,223.