Virginia-breds Blueskiesnrainbows and Simmstown captured stakes in California and Florida over the weekend while Virginia-bred Bond Holder (Lazy Lane Farms, LLC) finished fourth in $750,000 CashCall Futurity.

Virginia-bred Blueskiesnrainbows blasted out of the starting gate in a front-running tour de force and held on late to capture the Gr.3 $150,000 Native Diver.

Making his first start since finishing second behind London Bridge in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon Gr.2, Blueskiesnrainbows made all the pace before holding off stretch challenges from runner-up and 5-2 favorite Hear the Ghost and third-place finisher Rousing Sermon, both also conditioned by the Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

The second choice at 3-1 odds, Blueskiesnrainbows, a 4-year-old son of English Channel, won by half a length and covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.07 on the Cushion Track. The race was run for the final time at the soon-to-be demolished Inglewood, Calif., track.

Blueskiesnrainbows, owned by Bad Boy Racing and Whizway Farm, scored his second stakes victory of the year, following a four-length romp in the Ralph M. Hinds Handicap Sept. 22 at the Los Angeles County Fair. The Native Diver marked his second graded stakes win. He captured the 2012 Swaps Stakes Gr.2 at Hollywood Park for former trainer Bob Baffert and also posted third-place finishes in the 2012 Santa Anita Derby Gr.1 and the 2013 Handicap Gr.3 at Del Mar.

Overall, Blueskiesnrainbows has a 6-3-3 record from 22 career starts with $549,552 in earnings. 

Bred in Virginia by Edward P. Evans out of the Deputy Minister mare Cho Cho San, the colt was a $33,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase by Cecil Seaman on behalf of Whizway Farm. Lane’s End consigned for Evans.

To see the video of Blueskiesnrainbows, click here. To see the Equibase Chart, click here.

SIMMSTOWN The Kenny Noe Jr Handicap 12-14-13 CRC Finish

SIMMSTOWN (Coady Photography)

In Florida, Virginia-bred Simmstown held off two late-running rivals to earn his first career stakes victory with a win in Saturday’s $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder.  Simmstown was bred by Audley Farm.

The Martin D. Wolfson-trained Simmstown broke from the outside with jockey Edgard Zayas aboard for the 6 ½-furlong race and quickly raced four-wide at the pace as Fort Loudon took control from This Is She with Black Diamond Cat to the inside of Simmstown shortly into the race. While This Is She dropped back and Black Diamond Cat remained behind Fort Loudon, Simmstown advanced and took over the lead around the far turn and never relented, holding off the late-running Imperial Czar and Close It Out on the outside to win by one and one-quarter lengths, while Fort Loudon held on for fourth.

Fractional times for the race were :22.30, :45.24, and 1:10.44, with a final time 1:17.12.

The victory in the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap was the third win on the card for Zayas and the second-straight win for the 5-year-old horse. Simmstown came into the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap off of a victory at Gulfstream Park on October 5 in a 1-mile allowance optional claiming race, which he cleared ahead to win by three and three-quarter lengths. He now has earnings of $145,640.

To see the video of Simmstown, click here.  To see the Equibase Chart, click here.

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