VIRGINIA HORSEMEN NEARLY SWEEP AT COLONIAL
Let's take a closer look at Thursday evening's race program at Colonial and see where the winner's come from. Round Hill based trainer Simon Hobson won his first race of the meet with longshot filly Chickadededee. Hanover's Karen Godsey scored in the second with Music of Arabia. Gloucester based trainer Leanne Hester got her first win of the meet in the third race with longshot Deep Regret. In the fourth race, Charlottesville owner Andrea McNeely's won with an English Channel colt, Southern Bight who won convincingly as the favorite. Midway through the card, Bluemont's Larry Johnson won with his homebred, What a Wildcat. In the sixth, Varina's Ferris Allen trained I Am American to a win in part to a patient effort by Sheldon Russell to find the wire. I couldn't find a Virginia connection in the 7th when Scott Lake's 10-year old True to Tradition won his second race of the meet. In the featured eighth McLean's David Ross Racing Stable won his second in a row with Southern Region trained by Hugh McMahon. In the finale, Felix Nuesch of Crozet (where the peaches are sweeter) won with his dear homebred mare Annkathrin. When proponents of racing in the Old Dominion worked to open a racing venue, these are the horsemen they envisioned to perform.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
A jockey was nicknamed sunshine because he always came after the reins" - anonymous
RAHYSTRADA who won the 2011 Colonial Turf Cup and ran third in this year's edition is entered in Saturday's Arlington Handicap (5-1 ML). Of the three Romans' entries in the American Derby, SILVER MAX, QUICK WIT and COZZETTI, don't be surprised if Romans scratches one of those to run with FINNEGAN'S WAKE in the Virginia Derby. Don't count on it, but don't be surprised either.