Virginia Connected Horses Hope To Shine In Saturday’s Graded Stakes At Belmont

Horses with Virginia connections will be well represented at Belmont this Saturday, when four graded stakes are on tap!

The field for the Grade I, $400,000 Man O’ War Stakes includes a pair of 4 year old colts with ties to the Commonwealth: Sadler’s Joy (winner of $302,968) and Highland Sky (pictured here; winner of $429,100). The former was bred and is owned by Rene and Lauren Woolcott of Woodslane Farm in The Plains, and the latter was bred by Bonner Young of Manassas, who also is part owner.

Highland Sky, bred by Virginian Bonner Young, will compete in the Grade I Man O’ War Stakes May 13th at5 Belmont.

Sadler’s Joy is by Kitten’s Joy and is 4 of 8 lifetime. He most recently won the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream on April 1st. He has collected purse earnings of $157,480 this year alone. Highland Sky, a Barclay Tagg trainee, is by Sky Mesa. He has made just one start this year — a victory — but that was his first outing since finishing second in the Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes last July. Best of luck to the duo in the Man O’ War!

My Sweet Girl, a 5 year old daughter of Bernardini, is slated to compete in Saturday’s Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes at Belmont. She has made 21 career starts and has four wins, a second and five “show” finishes, good for $270,280 in earnings. The Barclay Tagg trainee was bred and is owned by Bonner Young.