STAKES IN MOTION
Older horses now fill the starting gate for this Saturday's $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup. The "striking" horse in the field may be Augustin's Stable's Smart Bid trained by Kentucky Derby winning trainer Graham Motion. Motion is known better at Colonial for owning the All Along Stakes, a race he's won four times. Motion will give a leg up to Edgar Prado who has won the Virginia Derby three times and was a leading rider at Colonial in the early years of the venue.
Motion has two entered in this year's $100,000 All Along (gr. IIIT), Aruna and Apple Charlotte. Aruna is a Grade II winner on the turf who ran second to Aviate in the Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day. Since coming back to America after beginning her racing career in France, Aruna, a Kentucky-bred, has three wins in four starts. Motion's other 4-year old filly entered, like Smart Bid, is Apple Charlotte also sired by Smart Strike.
In the eleven-horse field of the $50,000 Da Hoss, Braeburn Farm in Crozet, VA starts Frisky Thunder who makes his third start in the mile turf stake. Last year's Kitten's Joy winner, Vanquisher, will be ridden by Edgar Prado. Rodney Jenkins starts Safety Value whose only loss at Colonial Downs in four starts was in Battle of Hastings' Virginia Derby (2009). Hamilton Smith starts his 2009 Kitten's Joy winner Rockaby Bay, also a Da Hoss alum that has three wins in his four Colonial starts.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Speak your mind but ride a fast horse." - Anonymous
RACING OF YORE VIRGINIA
The paddock at Colonial Downs is named after Raymond R. "Andy" Guest, Jr, who served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 27 years. Guest was the sponsored of the legislation that returned pari-mutuel racing to Virginia in 1988 after a statewide referendum. It wasn't the only time try to have legislation approval. Guest said of his critics in regard to the legislation: "Perhaps I have more faith in the individual citizens of the Commonwealth than those who feel they have to act on [citizens'] behalf to protect them from themselves." Guest passed away in 2001 at his Front Royal home. Guest's father bred 1965 Preakness winner Tom Rolfe. A bronzed monument sits on a brick foundation near the midway point on the outside part of Colonial's paddock where many fans will be taking a close look at Saturday's stakes horses being saddled.
MAKING RACING HAPPEN...
....is Frank Petramalo, executive director of the VHBPA (Virginia Horse Benevolence and Protective Association). Frank placed his first wager on racing when he was 12 years old making his involvement in racing 55 years. The VHPBA represents the owners and trainers that race at Colonial Downs. VHPBA basically negiotiates a contract with Colonial Downs concerning race days and purse levels as well as benevolence programs for backstretch workers. A New Kent resident during the meet, Frank patrons Williamsburg restaurants.
EXOTIC PLAY OF THE DAY
$.50 PIC 4
6,10 with 1,2,4,11
with 7,8 with 1,7,9