THE RACING BIZ: BOYCE AND ABBOTT SCORE ONE FOR THE LITTLE GUYS

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(Coady Photography)

by Frank Vespe – TheRacingBiz.comEquibase Chart

As is usually the case, the big guys did just fine in this evening’s greatest show on turf.

Kenny McPeek took home the money in a thrilling rendition of the G2 Virginia Derby, his War Dancer edging Charming Kitten and Jack Milton in a three-way photo, and he won the Kitten’s Joy with favored Al Qasr.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey sent a battalion of horses north from Kentucky, with emotionally connected Thank You Mary Lou — more on that elsewhere —  winning the Tippett in his career debut and had several others running well.  Even if he did confide to me that finishing third is, in his mind, second loser.

More locally, the powerful PTK, LLC barn helmed by Dane Kobiskie staged a virtual sit-in in the Chenery, running three of the seven horses in the race and locking down first, second, and fourth.

But the Derby wasn’t the only thriller of the day, and the big guys weren’t the only ones to prosper.

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