Monday, May 20, 2013
Code West (r, 3yo), Lemon Drop Kid - Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado. B - Edward P. Evans. Pimlico, 5/18/2013, alwc, $29,640, 8.5 f, 1:46.67. ($340,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)
Eldarion (g, 5yo), Aragorn (IRE) - Pagan Dance by Valley Crossing. B - Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III.
Presque Isle Downs, 5/19/2013, str alwc, $12,000, 6 f, 1:11.73. ($11,500, yrlg, 2009, keesep)
Razzo Succo (g, 4yo), Indian Charlie - Cryptos' Best by Cryptoclearance. B - Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. Arlington Park, 5/17/2013, alwc, $23,400, 8 f, 1:37.73. ($130,000, yrlg, 2010, keesep; $325,000, 2yo, 2011, ftffeb)
Snowball Fight (g, 3yo), Two Punch - Enough Tough by Cox's Ridge. B - Althea Richards.
Pimlico, 5/16/2013, clmg, $9,690, 6 f, 1:14.58.
Tirion (c, 5yo), Royal Academy - Domenica's Dream by Woodman. B - Lady Olivia at North Cliff LLC Maisons-laffitte, 5/18/2013, clmg, $12,193, 8 f, 1:38.60. ($37,000, Wnlg, 2008, keenov; $62,000, yrlg, 2009, keesep)
Posted by GP at 4:34 PM
By Nick Hahn
Nick's picks for the top ten three year old horses in North America with at least one start on the turf in 2013 and perhaps with an inclination of running in the $500,000 Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs on July 13th.
|Redwood Kitten, the James Murphy winner on Preakness day at Pimlico, is one of three Kitten's Joy-sired colts in Nick Hahn's Turf Ten. Kitten's Joy won the 2004 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs. (Photo-Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club)|
- 1. NOBLE TUNE – Solid run in the American Turf over Derby weekend places Chad Brown’s colt by Unbridled Song atop the Turf Ten. The Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf runner up has 4 wins in his 5 starts and is the most proven over the last nine months.
- UP WITH THE BIRDS – Malcolm Pierce’s Stormy Atlantic colt has certainly has seen tough foes, perhaps the best on this roster. Only Javier Castellano’s nifty ride aboard on the winner kept this Canadian-bred on the winner from winning the Transylvania.
- JACK MILTON – If Todd Pletcher’s lightly raced colt had a few more outings, he may be ranked even higher. His Transylvania win was over a talented field. Gary Barber’s late foal didn’t have a start as a two-year old.
- WAR DANCER – Ken McPeek’s War Front colt ran out of turf in his stretch run in the American Turf. Jockey Alan Garcia may not wait so long in his next start. The winner’s in the turf races he lost? Noble Tune and Jack Milton.
- ADMIRAL KITTEN – The “admiral” ride by Mike Smith was nearly measured perfectly by one of many Kitten’s Joy to be watching this summer. Only one career win on the turf for Michael Maker’s pupil for the Ramsey home-bred but he’s been running well in tough company.
- RYDILLUC – The Palm Beach stakes winner at Gulfstream couldn’t hold on to the lead in the Bluegrass on the synthetic. His front running style might be more questionable if Silver Max hadn’t virtually wired the Virginia Derby field last year. He’s perfect on the turf in three outings.
- PROCUREMENT – Perhaps the “best in the west” with his LaPuente win, Tom Proctor knows the road to New Kent as he trained Banned, the 2011 Virginia Derby morning line favorite. The Milwaukee Brew Florida-bred has three wins in six starts on the turf.
- TATTENHAM – Bill Mott’s Rock Hard Ten colt has only two starts for Juddmonte Farms, both impressive wins on the turf at Tampa. He’s been up north at Belmont Park since late April with solid morning works.
- CHARMING KITTEN – A suitable Derby effort for Ramsey’s homebred in the Kentucky Derby slop shouldn’t setback Pletcher’s student in a transition back to the turf. In March, he won the Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream, named after his sire.
- REDWOOD KITTEN – Wesley Ward will be bringing a portion of his stable to Colonial Downs this summer so Kitten’s Joy was a Virginia Derby prospect even before winning the Murphy over Preakness weekend at Pimlico.
Also eligibles-Infinite Magic, Animal Style, Examen, Joelito, Rosengold, Fire Guard, I'll Call, Chamois
Posted by GP at 2:37 PM
Oxbow #6, ridden by Gary Stevens, leads the field out of the fourth turn to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Molly Riley/Getty Images)
Jockey Gary Stevens hugs his daughter Madison in the Winner's Circle. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Posted by GP at 9:11 AM
Kentucky Derby winner Joel Rosario aboard. Last year, Eclipse Awards/Breeders' Cup World Championships winner Shanghai Bobby won the first 2yo maiden race at Belmont Park. (NYRA/Facebook)
Open Water and jockey Joseph Talamo win the Grade II, $150,000 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap horse race, Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)
Jamie Mott riding Streets Away on the inside defeats Craig Robertson riding Another Prelate in the Luxbet Winter Championship Series Heat 2 during Melbourne Racing at Flemington Racecourse on on May 18, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Tom Queally riding First Mohican (L) win The Infinity Stakes from Lahaag (R) at York racecourse on May 15, 2013 in York, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Posted by GP at 8:23 AM
Friday, May 17, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness morning line favorite Orb, with exercise rider Jennifer Patterson up, gallops over the track in preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Posted by GP at 1:53 PM
Thursday, May 16, 2013
(NEW KENT, VA---5/15/13) Colonial Downs will open its 17th season of pari-mutuel thoroughbred racing on Saturday June 8th, and the barn area will be nearly full according to Director of Racing Tyler Picklesimer. The barn area will open two weeks in advance, on Saturday May 25th, and the track will open for training that same day.
Top returning trainers include Ferris Allen with 30-plus head, Ham Smith with 20-plus, and Hugh McMahon, last year’s leading conditioner, with 30. New this year to the backstretch is trainer Wesley Ward, who will have a string of 15. Ward, a regular competitor at Gulfstream’s winter meet and at Keeneland’s spring session, has over 200 horses in training across the country.
Racing will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 PM (EDT) and Sunday afternoons at 12:55 pm. Friday racing however won’t begin until June 21st and several big race days will feature an early post at 5:00 PM.
Highlights of the meet include a pair of Grade II stakes. The $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup, which regained its graded status earlier this year, is slated for Saturday June 22nd while the 16th running of the $500,000 Virginia Derby will close out the meet on Saturday July 13th.
The $250,000 Commonwealth Turf Fest, a series of five Virginia-bred stakes worth $50,000 each, will be contested on Saturday July 6th.
Evening racing will again be a focal point of Colonial’s summer stand. In February 2012, the track repositioned nearly all of its light standards to illuminate the signature Secretariat Turf Course instead of its 1¼ miles dirt track. Since between 80-90% of the races are held on turf, the track is able to again have a later start time and not worry about running out of daylight, though first post will be an hour earlier (at 6 PM) than it was last summer (7 PM).
The 25-day meet is shorter than in past years, but Picklesimer is optimistic. “I’m looking forward to the revised schedule because it allows us to increase overnight purses, which should translate into higher quality racing.”
Stall applications, condition book #1, stakes schedules and Virginia Racing Commission license information are all available at colonialdowns.com. For more information, call the racing office at 804-966-7223, ext. 1056.
Posted by GP at 10:27 AM