CLEAR SKIES FOR COLONIAL TURF
Saturday day and early evening forecast for New Kent County : Sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind between 7 and 13 mph.
Trainer Graham Motion likes to bring horses to the All Along Stakes. The race likes him a little bit too. Motion has won the turf test for older fillys and mares four times Film Maker ('04,'06), Lady Digby (08), Aruna ('10). In this year's edition, Motion will saddle 9-5 favorite Pachattack who comes into the race with a Grade 3 win in Keeneland's Doubledogdare in April.
As "Derby Bill" pointed out on yesterday's "Off to the Races", let's hope for clear skies over the Mid-Atlantic Saturday evening. After riding in the Hill Prince at Belmont Park late Saturday afternoon, jockeys Edgar Prado, Ramon Dominquez and Rajiv Maragh will be flown from Belmont Park to Richmond to make tonight's feature stakes races at Colonial Downs.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace. "-Abraham Lincoln
Michael Dickinson trained Da Hoss, who is stabled at the Kentucky Horse Park. After winning the 1996 Breeder's Cup Mile to cap off a solid 4 year old campaign, Dickinson discovered a tendon injury the following February. The injury was similar to the injury that retired I'll Have Another. Da Hoss rested as a five year old and twice nearly started in the spring of 1998 before "stiffness" made Dickinson reconsider. In 1998, Colonial Downs was racing in the fall and Dickinson found an 1 & 1/8th mile turf allowance race. Carlos Marquez, Jr. delivered a 3/4 length win over John's Call. As the first alternate among the 26 horses pre-entered in the 2008 Breeder's Cup Mile, Da Hoss drew in when the connections of Gentlemen opted for the Breeder's Cup Classic. Da Hoss would repeat in the Mile in what racecaller Tom Durkin called, "the greatest comeback since Lazarus".