Could it be more than a coincidence how the field for Saturday's feature, the $50,000 Buckland, was slated? On Ladies Night at Colonial Downs, Caribbean Lady, Sensible Lady and Lady of Greatness are entered in the 5 & 1/2 furlong turf sprint, all with solid chances to prevail. Toss in Miss Oil and you have the "Estrogen Superfecta."
The Buckland is named for the farm once owned by Thomas Mellon Evans in Casanova. Edward P. Evans would later operate the farm as Spring Hill Farm and was the leading Virginia breeder for nearly a decade. Among Evans homebreds with Quality Road, who won the Florida Derby and would have been the Kentucky Derby morning line favorite if a quarter crack didn't force a Triple Crown scratch days before the Derby. Evans passed away on New Year's Eve in 2010.
Sheldon Russell is simply cruising in the riding standings at Colonial with 21 wins, more than double than the Forest Boyce who is having a good meet with 10 trips to the winner's circle. Ferris Allen leads the trainer tally with 9 wins in the meet ahead of high percentage winning conditioners Hugh McMahan (7 of 14 at CNL) and Jamie Ness (4 of 11).
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"That was the first time I saw a horse from a kneeling position!" -Henny Youngman
Before there was Action Andy, there was Baltimore Bob who is on the grounds at Colonial Downs in the Garcia shedrow. Baltimore Bob once set the pace as a huge longshot in Gio Ponti's Virginia Derby in 2008 before fading to fifth. In 2010, he won the Da Hoss stakes at Colonial. His last start was in a Grade 3 at the Fairgrounds in January of this year.