Virginia Connected Horses Highlight Stakes Action This Weekend

Starting today through the holiday weekend, Virginia-bred or owned horses are running in stakes races around the country.

The action starts this evening, when the Edward P. Evans-bred Challenging will try to take the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Thank You Marylou, 2013 champion Virginia-bred  2-year-old filly, tries to complete the Virginia-bred double at Prairie Meadows Saturday in the Grade III Iowa Oaks. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McNeely III, Thank You Marylou was most recently fifth in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks.

Thank You MaryLou winning the Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs in 2013. Photo Courtesy Coady Photography.

Thank You MaryLou winning the 2013 Tippet Stakes.  Photo Courtesy Coady Photography.

Virginia-breds South Andros and Firenze Feeling  will attempt  to bring home the trophy in Monmouth Park’s Lighthouse Stakes on Saturday. South Andros, trained by Rodney Jenkins and owned by Ellen Charles’ Hillwood  Stable and Brooke Royster’s Chance Farm, was the recent winner of the Justakiss Stakes at Delaware Park. Firenze Feeling was bred by Audley Farm and is partially owned by VHBPA President, David Ross. Firenze Fire won the Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park in January.

South Andros

South Andros, bred by Chance Farm winning the Justakiss Stakes two weeks ago.

Also Saturday at Belmont Park, Virginia-bred Long on Value and Virginia-owned So Lonesome square off in the $100,000 Manila Stakes, a turf event going one mile. Long on Value,  bred by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, was second in the Grade III Arlington Classic Stakes May 24th. New York-bred So Lonesome, owned by Charlottesville native Pat Schuler, last won a state-bred allowance race on May 31st at Belmont.

Virginia-owned So Lonesome dominated in the Virgo Libra Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.

So Lonesome winning the Virgo Libra Stakes at Aqueduct last fall. Photo courtesy Coglianese.

Last but not least, Diane Manning’s Disco Barbie is entered in the Grade III Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park on Saturday. The morning-line second choice ships in after two impressive allowance wins at Presque Isle Downs.