VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS AUGUST 3 to AUGUST 7

August 3, 2007
Race 1 – Virginia-bred (and perhaps badly named) Gruesome Slew wins a claiming race for Janice D. Barrick. Gruesome Slew by Double Helping, out of Lady Gru by Gruesome was bred by Michael P. Neff. Virginian David P. Ross claimed the second place finisher Spring Honbour from Augustin Stables.

Race 2 – VTA member Sam English picks up a win when Florida-bred Delicious wins a claming race on the inner turf. Delicious, who is trained for English by George Parrish, Sr. is by Alphabet Soup, out of D’avenir by Amber Pass.

Race 3 – Ross and Smithwick win a allowance/optional claming race with a $29,000 purse with Our Dancing Babe (KY). Our Dancing Babe is by Belong to Me, out of Back Seat Babe by You and I.

Race 7 – PTK LLC’s Andrea’s Pic makes it two in a row with a 2 ¼ length victory in the $40,000 Sissy Woolums Memorial Stakes. Andrea’s Pic is a Maryland-bred by then Virginia-sire Housebuster, out of Timely’s Pic by Piccolino. She is trained by Rodney Jenkins.

August 4, 2007
Race 3 – The Nuesch’s who were white hot early in the meet find their way back to the winner’s circle when son Pat trains father Felix’s Dacleanupman to victory in a claiming sprint on the outer turf. Dacleanupman, a New York-bred, is by Key Contender, out of If and Above by Al Nasr (FR).

August 5, 2007
Race 7 – Ross and Smithwick win another when Fancy Footsteps wins a $26,500 Maiden Special Weight on the outer turf. The Kentucky-bred filly is by Sky Classic, out of Fancy Tale by Rahy. She pays $12.00 which is a good payday for the Ross-Smithwick combo.

Race 8 – Lazy Lane Farm’s Kona Blend makes it two in a row annexing the $60,00 John D. Marsh Stakes. Were the Breeders Cup to rename the $2,000,000 Turf the Past VTA Presidents $2,000,000 Breeders Cup Turf, you’d have to like his chances. Earlier in the meet the Virginia-bred gelding by Dixieland Band, out of Life In Seattle by Unbridled won the other stakes race named after a past VTA president Daniel G. Van Clief.

August 6, 2007
Race 2 – PTK, LLC of Charlottesville wins a turf claimer with Ghostofxmaspresent. The Kentucky-bred is by Two Punch, out of Jennymeg by Housebuster. Rodney Jenkins trains.

Race 4 – Virginia-bred Miss Fashion, by Prospect Bay, out of Baby Sitter by Chenin Blanc wins a maiden claiming race on the outer turf. Miss Fashion was bred by High Mountain Farm, LLC, trained by Middleburg-based Frank Zureick and owned by James McSweeney.

Race 5 – David Ross and trainer David Geist win again with Rahy’s Chance, a Virginia-bred by Rahy, out of Twin Bet by Bet Twice. Rahy’s Chance was bred by Domino Stud of Lexington and Foxcroft Farm of Keswick.

Race 7 – Mary S. Iselin’s Virginia-bred homebred Humorlee wins a $26,500 Maiden Special for trainer Rodney Jenkins. Humorlee is by Distorted Humor, out of My Own Lovely Lee by Buckpasser.

August 7, 2007
Race 6 – Tommy Beach’s River Magic win a claiming race on the inner turf. The Maryland-bred filly by Magic Prospect, out of My Ardea by Horatious was bred by Beach’s wife Beverly and trained by James Jackson.

Race 7 – This time it’s Ross and Pino combining to win a $28,000 allowance on the outer turf with Impossible Tune. The Florida-bred filly is by Concorde’s Tune, out of Manila Flight by Manila. She went wire-to-wire in a very fast 1:02.19.

Race 8 – Virginia-bred T.J.’s Posse wins the $60,000 Jamestown Stakes – the first Virginia-bred, Virginia-sired restricted two-year-old stakes ever held at Colonial Downs. T.J.’s Posse is by red hot freshmen sire Posse, out of T.J.’s Turn by Meadowlake. Steve Asmussen of Curlin fame trains for Vinery Stables.

Race 9 – Last race, last day, who wins? Answer: David Ross and Speedy Smithwick. C’mon, who else? Virginia-bred Olympic City wins a claiming race on the dirt. Audley Farm-bred Olympic City is by Salt Lake, out of Elusive by Elmaamul.