Vincent Van Gogo Kicks Off Commonwealth Day at Laurel With A Maiden Victory

Congratulations to Virginia-bred Vincent Van Gogo, who kicked off Commonwealth Day at Laurel with a nice maiden special weight triumph.

Vincent Van Gogo captured his furst lifetime win in a $40,000 maiden special weight event for Virginia-breds August 4th at Laurel. Photo by Jim McCue.

The 3 year old Paynter gelding rode the rail from fourth in the one mile dirt event and passed a trio of frontrunners in the stretch to prevail. He was bred by Jim Fitzgerald & Katie Fitzgerald and was ridden by Rosario Montanez.

Arkadag (Mr. & Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III) was second and Lunar Boogie (Foxcroft Farm) was third. Rounding out the field was Seattle Ric (Nancy Rizer & Eric Rizer), Stormy Patriot (Lazy Lane Farms), Dragonthorn Steed (Run Aweigh Stable) and Troopingthecolor (William Backer Revocable Trust). Jeremiah John did not run. Due to heavy rains Friday night and much of the past week, all races were taken off the turf.

Vincent Van Gogo is shown in the winner circle August 4th at Laurel.

Commonwealth Day continues at Laurel with four $75,000 Virginia-bred stakes. Photo courtesy of Jim McCue.