Virginia-bred Stakes Double on Saturday

Both Audley Farm and the Edward Evans Estate had reason to celebrate on Saturday, with Virginia-breds Simmstown and Blueskiesnrainbows winning the Kenny Noe Jr Handicap and the Grade III Native Diver Stakes, respectively.

Blueskiesnrainbows, who was a gallant second in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in November, returned here to best six foes over the 1 1/8-mile contest at Hollywood Park. The son of English Channel led wire-to-wire for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and owners Bad Boy Racing and Whizway Farms. The victory was the 4-year-old’s second graded score, following his Grade II Swaps victory in 2012.

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Ned Evans-bred Blueskiesnrainbows won the Grade II Native Diver for his second graded stakes score. Photo Courtesy Benoit.

Ned Evans-bred Blueskiesnrainbows won the Grade II Native Diver for his second graded stakes score. Photo Courtesy Benoit.

The Audley-bred Simmstown, currently owned by Silverton Hill and trained by Marty Wolfson, won his first stakes in the Kenny Noe over 6 1/2 furlongs at Calder. The 5-year-old son of Limehouse scored by 3 ¾ lengths in an allowance at Gulfstream in October prior to this start, and bested multiple-graded stakes winner Fort Loudon here. Simmstown paid $14.40 to win in the 1 ¼-length score.

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Virginia-bred Simmstown dominated the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder. Photo Courtesy Coady Photography.

Virginia-bred Simmstown dominated the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder. Photo Courtesy Coady Photography.