UPDATED: Weekend Winners Recap

UPDATE: 

On December 3, the pricey Virginia-bred Hanalei Hailey broke her maiden at Tampa Bay for current connections Stonestreet and Biagi Thoroughbreds. The daughter of Malibu Moon out of the Valid Appeal mare Miz United States was a $160,000 September yearling for breeders Hart Farm. The classy filly caught renowned pinhooker Nick De Meric’s eye, and went through the ring as a 2-year-old for $625,000.

She earned that price tag in scintillating stye in the 6-furlong maiden special weight. Sitting on the outside of the pack through the opening stages, the 3-year-old gained dominance in the stretch and just kept taking real estate: She galloped under the wire 11 1/4-lengths the best as the chalk. It was her fourth start. Trained by Derek Ryan, the Virginia-bred is a half to graded-stakes placed Ameribelle and multiple-stakes placed Scampering.

Hanalei Hailey breaking her maiden on December 3 by 11 1/4-lengths. Bred by Hart Farm. Photo courtesy SV Photography.

Hanalei Hailey breaking her maiden on December 3 by 11 1/4-lengths. Bred by Hart Farm. Photo courtesy SV Photography.

At Los Alamitos this weekend, the highly-regarded half-sister to superstar Bodemeister, Fascinating, broke her maiden by 4 1/4 lengths. The 3-year-old daughter of Smart Strike out of Untouched Talent (Storm Cat) was second in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante and third in the Grade I Chandelier, and although she has never been worse than fourth in her seven starts, had yet to enter the winner’s circle until now. She took the lead from the gate in this mile contest, but was forced to duel with second-placed Cee’s Tizzy Belle in the stretch. She put that foe away handily, however, and won by daylight. The bay miss was a $1.3-million Keeneland September sale for breeder Audley Farm. Owned by Hill ‘n Dale and Bruce Lunsford, she is trained by Bob Baffert.

Check back here later in the week: The VTA hopes to have a video of this impressive filly!

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, a pair of Virginia-breds claimed victory at Laurel on December 5. Stormin Margaret, a 4-year-old Here’s Zealous filly bred by Rodger Smith closed hard in the final stages of a 5 1/2-furlong claimer to nip the victory by a neck, despite a wide trip. It was the bay filly’s sixth lifetime start, bumping her earnings to close to $90,000. Owned and trained by Jay Bernardini, Stormin Margaret is out of the Smoke Glacken mare Storm In Philly.

Standing Point lodged his third lifetime victory at Laurel over the weekend in a 6-furlong claimer. The gelded son of Point Given put in a rousing bid in the stretch and despite being floated wide and bumped, galloped under the wire a 2 1/4-length victor. Bred by Diane Manning, Standing Point is owned by Garrett Bell and trained by Pat Vassallo. He is out of the Capote mare Purely Fabulous.

Standing Point, bred by Diane Manning, winning his third lifetime start at Laurel on Dec. 5.

Standing Point, bred by Diane Manning, winning his third lifetime start at Laurel on Dec. 5.