Virginia Racing Round-up

Three Virginia-breds turned in solid performances during the week, including two in one day at Presque Isle Downs on June 23. Congratulations to all connections!

Virginia-bred No Wonder At All turned in a  smooth performance on June 23 to win an allowance at Presque Isle for owner and breeder Larry Johnson. Owned in partnership with Legacy Farm, the daughter of E Dubai was a length winner of the mile allowance contest, beating heavy favorite Earnings Release in the process. The victory is the second this year for the 3-year-old filly, who broke her maiden in February at Laurel going the same distance. She is trained by Mike Trombetta and is out of the Partner’s Hero mare Wonderous Woman.

No Wonder At All, bred by Larry Johnson, takes a mile allowance at Presque Isle on June 23. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

No Wonder At All, bred by Larry Johnson, takes a mile allowance at Presque Isle on June 23. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Another 3-year-old Virginia-bred, a gelded son of Stroll, also won an allowance at Presque Isle on the same day. Explore, bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone, notched his second career victory going a mile on the all-weather. The gray got a handy rail trip before drawing away in the straight to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Explore, out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Elsie Jay, broke his maiden first out at Tampa Bay in February and has never been out of the money in five starts. He races in the silks of Burkholder Stables and is trained by Maria Bowersock.

Explore, bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone, won an allowance going away at Presque Isle June 23. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Explore, bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone, won an allowance going away at Presque Isle June 23. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

On June 25, Bill Backer’s Rose Brier turned in her sixth career victory in a Delaware Park allowance. The 5-year-old, now owned by Panic Stable, was fourth in the Grade III Red Bank Stakes in May and returned to be a near second in a Monmouth allowance, before returning here to win impressively by 4 lengths going away. The 1 1/16-mile turf contest represents a career best for Rose Brier, who was a $67,000 Keeneland September yearling. The daughter of Mizzen Mast out of the El Gran Señor mare Mexicali Rose is trained by Jane Cibelli.

Rose Brier, bred by Bill Backer, wins a Delaware Park allowance by 4 lengths on June 25. Photo courtesy of Hoofprints.

Rose Brier, bred by Bill Backer, wins a Delaware Park allowance by 4 lengths on June 25. Photo courtesy of Hoofprints.