VA-OWNED WINS THE VERY ONE STAKES

A Virginia-based brother-sister act hit pay dirt on Sunday when the $75,000 The Very One Stakes was moved from the turf to the dirt. Charles A. Smith, Jr.’s Concepts Unlimited Stable and Catherine J. Smith’s All Giving charged through a gaping hole along the rail to wrest command and draw away to win the race at Pimlico for fillies and mares named after Helen Polinger’s top Maryland-bred mare The Very One.


All Giving, 4-for-4 in her lifetime starts on off tracks, carried jockey Erick Rodriguez under the finish line in 57.46 seconds for the five-furlong distance. She won by five lengths. Speedy Cat On A Cloud shot to the lead after a scramble at the start but could not hold off the winner and finished second. Smart And Fancy was third.

The winner, a Maryland-bred Allen’s Prospect, out of Slew The Granoness by Slew City Slew is trained by Flint Stites. “She just loves an off track, that’s for sure. Now, all I have to do is decide whether to keep her on dirt or go back to the turf. But there is no doubt she’s a sprinter,” Stites said.

The Smiths purchased All Giving at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old sale fro $75,000. Coincidentally, the races namesake – The Very One, a Grade 1 winning millionaire – was a 1977 graduate of the same auction.

All Giving broke her maiden on the turf at Pimlico last spring. She won five races as a three-year-old including an allowance race on the turf at Colonial Downs. At four she has finished second in the What A Summers S. (L) at Laurel prior to winning the restricted Conniver Stakes at the same track.

The win in The Very One gives All Giving eight wins, two seconds and one third from 18 starts with career earnings of $223,900.