VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS JULY 27 to JULY 31

July 27, 2007
Race 5 – Ross and Pino strike again. This time with PA-bred Robyns Anthem who wins a turf claiming race as the betting favorite. Robyns Anthem is by Royal Anthem, out of Robyns Tune by Robyn Dancer.

Race 7 – Kentucky-bred War’s Coming wins a $28,000 allowance on the inner turf for Virginia based North Wales LLC. War’s Coming, by Came Home, out of Secret War by Lord At War (ARG), is trained by Virginian Rodney Jenkins.

July 28, 2007
Race 1 – Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s News Flash wins the $40,000 maiden special weight race for Virginia-bred and Virginia-sired horses. News Flash, by Pleasant Tap, out of Proof Positive by Editor’s Note, is trained by Tim Tullock Jr. The three-year-old gelding covered the mile in 1:37.36.

Race 3 – The $42,000 allowance race for Virginia-bred/sired was won by Haywood Hyman, Jr’s Swayin. Swayin, by Two Punch, out of Wildcattin by Saratoga Six was bred in Virginia by Robin Richards.

Race 4 – Virginia trainer Stephanie Nixon wins a miden claiming race with Kentucky-bred Equal for owner Haywood Hyman, Jr. Equal, by War Chant, out of Fairest by Known Fact, was bred by the famous Claiborne Farm in partnership with Adele B. Dilschneider. That’s back-to-back wins for owner Hyman. Well done.

Race 8 – Bill Backer’s homebred Sales Tax upsets the $60,000 Tippett Stakes for two-year-olds paying $39.20 for the win. Sales Tax, a Maryland-bred, is by High Yield, out of Snit by Fit to Fight. Snit could run a bit herself logging a bankroll of $454,547 while racing for Backer. Pedigree players would have liked that fact that Snit was stakes placed twice a two, before going on to win the Cotillion Stakes Gr.III and three other stakes races. Backer operates Smitten Farm in The Plains.

July 30, 2007
Race 2 – Ross and Smithwick win a claiming race with the New York-bred Miss Vanity. Miss Vanity is by Siphon (BRZ), out of Stylish Indy by A.P. Indy. Like most Ross runners, she goes off as the favorite.

Race 5 – Virginia-bred Wild Ball wins a maiden claiming race going 8.5 furlongs on the turf for Virginian and Middleburg Training Center owner Randy Rouse. Wild Ball, by Ball’s Bluff, out of Wild Magnolia by Apalachee, was bred by the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. and is trained by Jimmy Day of Berryville.

July 31, 2007
Race 8 – Virginia-based trainer Lilith Boucher wins a maiden special weight race with Maryland-bred Sterling Vow. Sterling Vow is by Broken Vow, out of Silver N Satin by Silver Deputy.