ROMAN'S VIRGINIA DERBY PATH ACCORDING TO PLAN
Two weeks ago on Off to the Races, trainer Dale Romans outlined his schedule on what to do with his packed stable of three year old turf horses. With Cozzetti and Finnegan's Wake committed to Arlington Park's American Derby and Virginia Derby respectively, Romans said he would enter Silver Max at Arlington on Wednesday, look at the Virginia Derby nominations on Thursday and make a decision on Silver Max's next start on Friday. Quick Wit and Silver Max would be split with Dullahan headed for the Haskell. For all the talk about where Silver Max may or may not go, Romans has followed his itinerary nearly to the hour.
While Silver Max may come in with the most impressive record in Virginia Derby history, he will be taking on a talented field. By my last Ten Turf list dated June 19th, the Virgnia Derby attracted #1-Silver Max, #2-Summer Front, #6-Finnegan's Wake and #8 Easy Crossing. So when has the Virginia Derby not attracted the country's best three-year old on the grass? It's been a while. The recent track record has been good. In year's where there has been prime favorites, those have arrived in New Kent including Banned (2nd-2011), Paddy O'Prado (1st - 2010), Artie Schiller (2nd-2004) and even Senor Swinger (4th-2003). Although they have not always won, the Virginia Derby has attracted the best three years olds on the turf and is now deserving of Grade One status.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.
- Richard Sasuly
Taking a look at the stakes racing run prior to the Dash for the Dogwoods, owner/trainer Bryan Baker's starts longshot BOASTFUL DANCER in the Virginia Oaks. Baker's filly won a Maiden Special Weight at Colonial in her only start. ACTION ANDY is back looking for his 4th win at Colonial Downs in the $50,000 Kitten's Joy, a race he won last summer.