Virginia Winners Update

Several Virginia-connected horses have been turning in back-to-back performances up and down the East Coast this month. Virginia-bred General Ike, bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin and owned by Fox Hill Farms turned in a hat-trick at Delaware over the last three months. The 3-year-old son of Quiet American out of Hawaiian Love (Not For Love) capped it off with a 1/2-length score in a July 17 in a mile allowance race–backed up by a 7 1/2-length maiden special weight score in May and a 3-length victory in another allowance last month. Trained by Larry Jones, General Ike has been steadily improving since his debut last fall and last week justified his $80,000 price tag Keeneland September in 2012.

Virginia-bred General Ike won his third back-to-back start in a Delaware Park allowance on July 17. Photo courtesy Hoofprints.

Virginia-bred General Ike won his third back-to-back start in a Delaware Park allowance on July 17. Photo courtesy Hoofprints.

Meanwhile, VTA members Mark and Cindy Stewart’s Sally Oh Sally has strung together two back-to-back victories at Presque Isle Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor, trained by Jevon Crumley has started only twice this year and won both, including a thrilling, come-from-behind nose victory in a July 20 claimer. A lifetime winner of six, the bay mare was bred by Edition Farm and That’s Amore Stable. The ownership line is RMR Stable. 

Sally Oh Sally, owned by members Mark and Cindy Stewart, won her second back-to-back race at Presque Isle in July. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Sally Oh Sally, owned by members Mark and Cindy Stewart, won her second back-to-back race at Presque Isle in July. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.