Despite his defection of Silver Max, trainer Dale Romans captured the $200,000 American Derby (G3) on Saturday with the brave rail run of Cozzetti. Shaun Bridgmohan appeared to be stopped twice on the rail but found enough room and horse to head All Stormy. Virginia Derby nominees Silver Max and Sachem Spirit were both scratches. Romans now expects to saddle Silver Max and Donegal Racing Stable's Finnegan's Wake in next Saturday's $600,000 Virginia Derby (G2).
The 4th annual hot dog eating contest was finished under "chipmunk" conditions at the Colonial Downs Saturday night. After exhausting eight links in two minutes, reigning champion "Fast Eddie" Schlottetroffe couldn't complete in the 30 grace period and was dethroned by Austin Hersch of Qdoba's burrito eating lure with nine complete weiners. Schlottetroffe has a chance to avenge in the chicken wing contest to be held during next Saturday's Virginia Derby. Game was Eddie's effort in defeat.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"A race track is a place where windows clean people." -Danny Thomas
Virginia-bred REDEEMED broke the track record at Parx going a mile and a half and earned a ticket to the Breeder's Cup Marathon. For the first time in three starts Redeemed was pressed winning by less than a length in 2:28. REDEEMED is bred by Front Royal's Morgan Form Farm. The Colonial Turf Cup winner in 2011, eight year old RAHYSTRATA won the $200,000 Arlington Handicap (G3).