Four Wheel Drive wins Rosie’s Stakes in Debut, Sets Course Record

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE cruising in to win the $100,000 Exacta Systems Rosie’s Stakes on August 31, 2019 at Colonial Downs. (Coady Photography)

NEW KENT, Va. (Aug. 31, 2019) – It’s not often one sees a first-time starter in a $100,000 stakes race, let alone win it, but that’s what happened when Breeze Easy’s Four Wheel Drive was on cruise control in taking the Exacta Systems Rosie’s Stakes by 3 ¼ lengths over So Street on Saturday at Colonial Downs. Jorge Vargas, Jr. rode the Wesley Ward-trained son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to the victory in a course-record time of 1:00.84 for the 5½ furlongs over the Secretariat Turf Course.

“He (trainer Wesley Ward) called me in the paddock and told me he’s pretty nice and pretty quick out of the gate,” Vargas said. “Just ride him like he knows what to do and he truly did.”

Owner Mike Hall has lofty ambitions for Four Wheel Drive. “We bought this horse as a yearling and we’ve trained him through the process,” he said. “Wesley told us it was time for him to run. We made plans to run in this race several months ago and it really worked out well. We’ll probably try to get to at least one more race and hope to get to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Hall also had high praise for Colonial Downs, which conducted Thoroughbred racing here for the first time in six years through the new investment of Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment.

“This is a beautiful facility and I hope people come out to support it. I was shocked with how nice it is. This is my first time here.” — winning owner Mike Hall

Four Wheel Drive earned $60,000 for his maiden voyage and paid $4.60, $3, and $3. So Street returned $3 and $2.80. It was another 1½ lengths back to Torres Del Paine who paid $4. Hypothesis, Munn Passage, On the Turf and Newstome completed the order of finish.

Four Wheel Drive was bred in Kentucky by Glenvale Stud.

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