CLN Highlights from Week 1

WHAT-THE-BEEP-M-Tyson-Gilpin-Stakes-08-10-19-R05-CNL-Finish-1024x819The $100,000 M. Tyson Gilpin Stakes was won by a length by What the Beep (Coady photo at left), bred by Eagle Point Farm and trained by Karen Dennehy Godsey, Sam English’s English Heiress was second narrowly defeating Morgan’s Ford Farm et al Pink Pearl. More info, click here

The $100,000 Meadows Stables Stakes was won by Lothenbach Stables, Inc’s Elusive Mischief, a Va-bred by Into Mischief, out of Claire’s Song, by Unbridled Song, trained by Ian Wilkes. Eagle Point Farm’s Braxton was second beaten a length (Karen Godsey) and Hellen Marshall’ Ready to Run (Kieron Magee) got the show prevailing by 1.25 lenghts over the Virginia Racing Club’s Fly E Dubai (Ferris Allen).


Tryon Summer (#6) beat Braxton to win the Nellie Mae Cox Stakes. Photo courtesy of Coady Photography.

The $100,000 Nellie Mae Cox stakes saw another familiar name for Virginia racing fans, (and all mid-Atlantic racing fans) when the filly Tyron Summer bred by the William M. Backer Revocable Trust won the fiercely contested race by a half length over Durven with third-place-finisher River Gal another neck behind.  The winner is owned by Something Special Racing LLC and Stewart A. Smith, Durven is owned by Big Lick Farm and River Gal by Morgan’s Ford. The winner was trained by Vickie Foley, with Sarah Nagel and Phil Schoenthal conditioning the next two finishers. Susan Cooney sent out her homebred Fionnbharr to finish fourth another length behind.


River Deep. Coady Photography

The $100,00 Edward P. Evans was won by the Morgan’s Ford Farm’s homebred River Deep after getting bumped and interfered with by Susan Cooney’s Speed Grace who crossed the finish line first.  River Deep was awarded the win after a Stewart’s inquiry and an objection claimed by Sheldon Russell who was aboard the offended party.  Speed Grace was placed fourth for a measurable decrease in pay day – the winner’s share was $60,000 and the eventual fourth place finisher went home with $4,000. So, it was a costly bump to say the least, but another big and welcomed win for Morgan’s Ford’s connections.

There was also a $32,000 Steeplechase Handicap run 2.25 miles over national fences and features many of the “usual suspects.” The race was won handily by 7.5 lengths by Sharon Sheppard’s Irish bred Moorland (IRE) who took control around the far turn and drew off.  Bev Steinman’s Doug Fout trained First Friday earned the place, with Woodslane Farm’s Pik Em finishing third.


The happy connections of What the Beep. Coady Photography.

Recap of State-breds

Day One: PA, VA, MD. KY, KY, KY, R-VA, MD, KY, KY

Day Two:  KY, KY, MD, KY, R-VA, FL, KY, ON, MD

Day Three: WV, KY, IRE, VA, KY, MD R-VA,R-VA, R-VA, KY

R (Restricted to VA-bred, VA-sired)

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