VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS JULY 20 to 24

July 20, 2007
Race 9 – Virginia-bred Seasmart wins a maiden claiming race on the dirt for owner/trainer John McCormack. Homebred Seasmart is by Malibu Moon, out of Smart Rosy by Smarten.

July 21, 2007

Race 1 – Virginia-bred Frisky Thunder wins a $26,500 maiden special weight for breeder Braeburn Farm. The winner of the opening race on the Virginia Derby card, is by Thunder Rumble, out of Port St. Mary (GB) by Seattle Slew. Frisky Thunder is trained by Jimmy Murphy, and his Virginia-bred 50% Owner’s Bonus made the win worth $33,987. (OK, not as good as owning Secretariat seen above winning the Gotham Stakes, but not a bad pay day!)

July 22, 2007
Race 1 – Virginian David Ross adds a new trainer to his winning roster when Rahy’s Chance wins a claiming race on the inner turf for trainer David Geist. Rahy’s Chance, by Rahy, out of Twin Bet by Bet Twice, was bred by Domino Stud of Lexington and Foxcroft Farm of Virginia.

Race 4 – Maryland-bred Crafty Rushin, by Wild Rush, out of Pretty Crafty by Crafty Prospector, wins a maiden claiming race on the turf for Virginians trainer Larry Curtis and owner Maggie Bryant.

Race 5 – Maryland-bred We Hope, by Thunder Gulch, out of Up We Go by Waquoit, wins a claiming race on the grass for Ferris Allen and Keith Early.

Race 8 – Virginia-bred Sandys Gold, by Swiss Yodeler, out of Starighaway Whirl by Island Whirl wins the $60,00 Punch Lines Stakes. Sandys Gold was bred by Valerie E. Harris. The race is named after VHBPA president Robin Richards’ graded stakes winner and top sprinter Punch Line.

July 23, 2007
Race 2 – Virginia trainer Flint Stites scores with the Kentucky-bred Megs On The Phone. Megs On The Phone is by turf star Sultry Song, out of Ten Cent A minute by Pick Up The Phone.

Race 4 – The Scrappy T duo of Marshall Dowell and Robbie Bailes send Virginia-bred Kimess to the winner’s circle after a claiming race on the turf. Kimess is a Dowell homebred and by Horse Chestnut (SAF), out of Kimmie by In Excess (IRE).

July 24, 2007
Race 2 – Florida-bred Impossible Tune gives the team of Michael Pino and David Ross another victory. Impossible Tune, by Concorde’s Tune, out of Manila Flight by Manila, wins a $26,500 maiden race on the turf.

Race 5 – The other half of the David Ross exacta comes in when Grumman wins a 9 furlong claiming turf race for trainer Speedy Smithwick. Florida-bred Grumman is by Geri, out of Noble Time (NZ) out of Drums of Time.