Virginia-Breds Continue With Post-Easter Winning Ways

Virginia-bred horses continued an Easter weekend streak that saw victories every day at tracks around the county, all the way through April 22nd.

Virginia-bred Just Call Kenny scored a 1 1/4 length victory April 21st in a $47,000 allowance optional claiming race at Laurel. Bred by Althea Richards, the 6 year old Jump Start horse won by 1 1/4 lengths over Double Whammy after coming three wide in the turn. The winner pushed pushed in ’17 bankroll over the $40,000 mark while his lifetime earnings climbed to $332,565. He is out of the Green Dancer mare, Green Jeans, and is owned by the ABL Stable, Dominic Bossone, James Cahill and Peter Donnelly.

Just Call Kenny, bred by Althea Richards, won by 1 1/4 lengths over Double Whammy April 21st at Laurel. Photo courtesy of Jim McCue.

The Riverview Farms owns a pair of Virginia-breds that each won a maiden claiming race on consecutive nights at Penn National last week. Their Shenandoahlove Rvf captured a 5 1/2 furlong sprint April 19th while Preacherman R V F was victorious the next card in a six furlong test. The former, bred by Rose Ann Howell, got to the winners circle for the first time in nine career starts. The 3 year old daughter of Greeley’s Conquest dueled for the lead between horses at the quarter pole, drew off from there and won by three lengths in 1:06.93.  She is out of the Itaka mare, Itaka’s Brianna.

Shenandoahlove Rvf scored a three length triumph at Penn National April 19th. Photo courtesy of B&D Photography.

Preacherman Rvf won a close race by a head over S W Gilley Time and paid $30.20 after being sent off at 14-1. The 3 year old son of Greeley’s Conquest won his first race in six career outs and a beat seven others in 1:14.62. The victor rallied from second with a three wide move turning for home. Riverview Farms bred Preacherman Rvf, who is out of Acting Grand by Grand Slam.

Preacherman Rvf won by a head over S W Gilley Time April 20th at Penn National. Photo courtesy of B&D Photography.

Class Brahms, a 9 year old Brahms gelding, closed out the week with a neck triumph in a $20,000 allowance steeplechase race, contested April 22nd at the 3 1/4 miles distance at the Grand National Racecourse. Bred by Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud, LLC, the long distance winner was 14 lengths behind at the 2 3/4  miles mark but rallied in deep stretch.  Class Brahms beat ten other horses and crossed in 6:30.20. He is out of the Class Secret mare, Class Babe.