VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS

AUGUST 29, 2007
SARATOGA – Race 1 -Virginia trainer Doug Fout captures the $68,000 steeplechase with Beverly Steinman’s Dark Equation. The betting favorite wins by five lengths with Mathew McCarron in the irons. Dark Equation is a PA-bred by Polish Numbers, out of Night Risk by Wild Again.

AUGUST 30, 2007
SARATOGA – Race 5 – Cape Cod Escape, a NY-bred, wins a $50,000 claiming race on the dirt. Cape Cod Escape was bred by Virginian Arthur Watson’s Burning Daylight Farms, Inc. She is by American Chance, out of Quick Escape by Geiger Counter.

AUGUST 31, 2007
TIMONIUM – Race 2 – Virginia-bred Bankcard wins a $15,00 claiming race going 6.5 furlongs. Bankcard is by Banker’s Gold, out of Diplomatic Cover by Roberto. The four-year-old filly was bred by Mr. & Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III. She is owned by Richard F. Blue, Jr. and David A. Ross.

CHARLES TOWN – Race 8 – Virginia trainer Sam Deane wins a claiming race with a mare bred in Kentucky by Marvin Little, Jr., the long-time manager of the famous Virginia nursery Newstead Farm. Cussie’s Mirror is by Cat’s Career, out of Chickapee by Alleged.

CHARLES TOWN – Race 6 – Virginians Ollie Figgins, III and Ray Pennington, III (the 3rd Brothers) win a claiming race with Eternal Vigil. Eternal Vigil is a Kentucky-bred by Honour and Glory, out of Back Seat Babe by You And I.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2007
TIMONIUM – Race 9 – Virginia-bred Festive Moment wins a maiden claiming race for her breeder and owner Hazel B. Marsh. Mary Eppler trains. Festive Moment is by Carnivalay, out of Lady’s Journel by Chromite.

DELAWARE PARK – Race 8 – Colonial Turf Cup Gr.III winner Summer Doldrums, and Virginia Derby Gr. II runner-up Strike A Deal finish third and fourth in the $500,000 Kent Breeders Cup Stakes Gr.III. Elizabeth Valando’s Nobiz Like Shobiz (pictured), who is trained by Barclay Tagg, wins the race by a nose over Twilight Meteor.

PRESQUE ISLE – Race 2 – Virginia trainer Flint Stites makes some history on opening day at the new Pennsylvania track when Zubani wins a $40,000 maiden special weights. Zubani is woned by Four Sisters Stable LP. The two-year-old filly is by Proud Citizen, out of Fluid by Dehere.

SEPTEMBER 2, 2007
CHARLES TOWN – Race 8 – Maryland-bred Long Time To Come wins a $15,000 claiming race with a $22,000 purse for Virginian R. Larry Johnson. Long Time To Come is by Lion Hearted, out of No Cynic by Two Punch.

CHARLES TOWN – Race 7 – Virginia-bred Royal Prospect wins a $28,000 allowance race by a neck. Owned by Hermen Greenberg’s Rutledge Farm and trained by Jeff Runco, the three-year-old filly is by Prospect Bay, out of Mrs. Highness by Alydar. She was bred by Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.

SARATOGA – Race 6 – Virginians Sam and Carolyn Rogers breed Moon de French, the winner of a $62,000 maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies. A Florida-bred, Moon de French is by Malibu Moon, out of French Silk by French Deputy.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2007
CHARLES TOWN – Race 8 – Virginia-bred Lunar’s Serenity win a $29,000 allowance race by 16 ¾ lengths. Oddly enough, she was not the favorite (2nd choice). Lunar’s Serenity was bred, and is still owned by Concepts Unlimited Stable and Nellie Mae Cox. She is by Louis Quatorze, out of Lunar Antics by Hay Halo.

DELAWARE PARK – Race 5 – Virginia-bred Molly Moon wins a $40,000 two-year-old maiden special weight. Molly Moon, by Malibu Moon, out of Woodlea by Baederwood, was bred by Dr. and Mrs. Reynolds Cowles’ Yadkin Farm.

DELAWARE PARK – Race 3 – Maryland-bred Yacht Man wins a claiming race for Virginian Paula Haughey’s P.T.K., LLC. Yacht Man is by Regal American, out of Busy Woman by Full Intent. . Yacht Man is by Regal American, out of Busy Woman by Full Intent. Yacht Man is trained by Laura Dennis.

PHILADELPHIA PARK – Race 6 – Kentucky-bred Picker, by Forestry out of Melody by Gone West, wins a $35,000 maiden special weight for Virginia owner William M. Backer. Picker was bred by Paragon Farms, LLC.

PRESQUE ISLE – Race 8 – Virginian David A. Ross and trainer Michael Pino find the winners’ circle with Peace Rock. The $5,000 claiming race has a purse of $24,500 at the new slot infused Pennsylvania racetrack. Peace Rock is by Slew City Slew, out of Connie Bonner by Groovy.