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VA Harness Meet Opens Today

Novice Race Callers Set to Announce at the Upcoming Shenandoah Downs Harness Season In Woodstock

(WOODSTOCK, VA. — 9/16/2020) — Shenandoah Downs will open its fifth annual season of harness racing this Friday (September 18) at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds with a ten-race card beginning at 2:00 PM. Horses, trainers and racing personnel have been shipping onto the property all week preparing for the five-week stand. 

Ten racing enthusiasts are also preparing to work the meet in a unique position. They will each call a complete card of racing, though none have any experience in the announcer’s booth.

A month ago, the track sought out harness fans via social media who wanted to pursue this opportunity in an actual live race setting at an extended meet. Within several days, all ten announcing slots were filled. The fans selected have little or no announcing experience but showed a passion for harness racing. 

Since the upcoming season will be conducted without spectators due to Covid-related precautions — and the track had only offered on-site wagering — the potential viewing audience is limited. At one time, track officials decided to go without an announcer but at a future planning meeting, decided to switch gears and opt for this unusual route. 

“Those factors allowed us to offer first time callers a chance to spend an entire afternoon on the microphone and behind the binoculars,” said Shenandoah’s Darrell Wood. “These ten fans will get a chance to announce for several hours and will get to interact with judges, the chart caller and television crew. This should create a fun experience and nice memory for everyone.”

Races, and the first-time announcer’s calls, will be streamed live via the track’s website at so fans can follow the action.

Racing fan Micahel Langer, who grew up in Freehold, New Jersey and has attended the Little Brown Jug for 40 years, will call Friday’s opener. The 64-year-old has been a fan of the Grand Circuit for decades and follows races from Canada to New Zealand. 

Richmond, Virgnia based Doug Gurney will tackle Saturday’s 13 race card in which 131 horses initially entered. The program will showcase Virginia Breeder’s three-year-old prep and elimination races. Gurney is a fan of both thoroughbred and harness races and was a trackside fixture at Colonial Downs from day one in 1997.  

The second weekend will feature lifelong racing fan Steven Rice, a cold storage inventory technician who has visited 40 tracks, and Brad Hinton, a local enthusiast who works at Finish Line Plumbing.

The third weekend could be the most interesting. 12-year-old Woodstock resident Morgan Marston will call the Friday card and 10-year-old Dylan Dougherty will invade from Pennsylvania to call the $300,000 Virginia Breeder’s Day of Champions program. Both youngsters have been tutored by legendary race caller Roger Huston who put Marston on air occasionally during the past several Shenandoah County Fair meets. Dougherty called 25 races — in a paid position — at the Meadville, Pennsylvania Fair this summer. 

Shenandoah Downs regular Danny Ortts, who has also attended Shenandoah County Fair festivities his whole life, will kick off the fourth weekend.  Jeff Jenkins, another local who used to drive at Rosecroft Raceway, will finish the weekend in the crows nest October 10.

The final weekend features thoroughbred fan Nick Hahn of Greene County, Virginia on October 16. Hahn has hosted the weekly “Off to the Races” radio show in Richmond for over 20 years and is a regular writer for “The Racing Biz”. Marty Sendek, a former military officer and retired attorney, will bring the meet to its conclusion on October 17. Sendek estimates he has watched 20,000 races in his lifetime.   

God Bless the Irish

Not only are they good horsemen, you’ve got to love their sense of humor. While preparing for a Stakes Photos post, I came across this: The Paddy Power “Is It 2021 Yet?” Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12 (coincidentally, my wife’s birthday) won by Tiger Moth (IRE).

My previous knowledge was based on my visit to the Irish National Stud, Curragh and Listowel on a trip to the Emerald Isle way back in 2007 and a lifetime of “Irish” stories and tall tales. The 2007 trip was theoretically a golf trip, but I made everybody humor me with several horse racing related side trips.

I was always entertained by my foxhunting friends that said if the Irish thought you were a good rider (or had the reputation of one), they would put you on a difficult horse which would deposit its Yank rider in the first ditch encountered.

I vividly recall stories told by Bill Graves and Noel Twyman back in the day. Devious, but funny and always entertaining. Not to mention the shopping cart story at Saratoga with Geoffery Russell (another clever, funny and endearing Irishman). — GP

Keeneland Session 4 – Results

848 Chestnut colt by Constitution, out of Walk Off Winner – Burleson Farms, Agent — OUT

926 G/R Filly by Distorted Humor, out of Coming Attraction – Brookdale Farms, Agent for Audley Farm Equine LLC — Pilgrim Racing $200,000

Va-Breds at Keeneland September

There are 13 Va-bred yearlings cataloged in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. To see catalog page, click on the Hip #.

288 Bay Filly by Pioneer of the Nile, out of Miss Ocean City, by Mineshaft, Taylor Made Sales Agency for Ann Mudge Backer (Smitten Farm) – RNA $240,000.

502 Bay Colt by Street Sense, ouf of Basboosa, by Henny Hughes, Taylor Made Sales, Agency for Ann Mudge Backer.

848 Chestnut Colt by Constitution, out of Wall Off Winner, by Grand Slam. Berleson Farm, Agent.

926 Gray/Roan Filly by Distorted Humor, out of Coming Attraction by Tapit, Brookdale Sales, Agent for Audley Farm Equine LLC.

1185 Dkb Colt by Minnings, out of Stormy Play, by Stormy Atlantic, Ballysax Bloodstock, Agent VII.

1441 Chestnut Colt by American Freedom, out of Looking Great, by Include, Castle Park Farm LLC, Agent XX.

1640 Dkb Colt by Distorted Humor, out of Windhoek, by Mineshaft, Burleson Farm, Agent.

1739 Bay Filly by Tiznow, out of Delta Weekend, by Jump Start, Burleson Farm, Agent.

1889 Dkb Colt by Bernardini, out of Ocasionally, by Tiznow, Stuart Morris, Agent XXV.

1986 Dkb Filly by Street Sense, out of Sun Salutation, by Include, Stuart Morris, Agent XXV.

3592 Dkb Colt by Brody’s Cause, out of Alec’s Moon, by Malibu Moon, Machmer Hall Sales, Agent for Machmer Hall.

3602 Chestnut Colt by Practical Joke, out of Aronia, by Mutakddim, Catle Park Farm LLC, Agent XX.

4141 Dkb Filly by Kantharos, out of Moonlight Lady, by Malibu Moon, Warrendale Sales, Agent for Lazy Lane Farm LLC.

VA-bred Yearling Sells at FTK

Morgan’s Ford Farm’s yearling colt by Blame, out of Lutetia, by Midnight Lute sold for $150,000 to Taproot Bloodstock on September 9, 2020 at the Fasig Tipton Select Yearlings Showcase.

225 Bay Colt by Blame, out of Lutetia, by Midnight Lute, Stuart Morris Agent for Morgan’s Ford Farm… $150,000, Taproot Bloodstock. Click on Hip # to see catalog page.

Stakes Photos – Sept 1 – 6

PRINCESS NOOR winning the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante Stakes GrI on September 6, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by Not This Time, out of Sheza Smoke Show, by Wilko, 2nd dam Avery hall by A.P. Jet, 3rd dam Royal Form by Dynaformer) ($135,000 Ylg’19 KEESEP; $1,350,000 2yo’20 OBSAPR) (Bred in Ky by INternationa Equities Holding, Inc.) (Benoit)
VEQUIST winning the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes GrI on September 6, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Nyquist, out of Vero Amore, by Mindshaft, 2nd dam Summers Edge by The Cliff’s Edge, 3rd dam Miss Summer Riegn by Sumer Squall) ($120,000 RNA Ylg’19 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Swilcan Stables) (Coglianese/Dom Napolitano)
COME DANCING winning the $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap GrII on September 6, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Maliby Moon, out of Tiza hit, by Tiznow, 2nd dam Never a No Hitter by Kris S, 3rd dam Jeano by Fappiano) (Bred in KY by Blue Devin Racing Stable (Holliday) (Coglianese)
PIXELATE winning the $203,000 Del Mar Derby GrII on September 6, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by City Zip, out of Specled, by Steet Cry (Ire), 2nd dam Painted Lady by Broad Brush, 3rd dam Nastique by Naskra) 9Bred in KY by Godlophin, LLC) (Benoit)
PERSIAN KING (IRE) winning the $320,152 Prix Du Moulin De Longchamp G1 on September 6, 2020 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Kkingman (GB), out of Pretty Please (Ire), by Dylan Thomas (Ire), 2nd dam Plante Rarte (Ire) by Giant’s Causeway, 3rd dam Palmeraie by Lear Fan) (Bred in IRE by Dayton Investments) (APRH/Clementine Veret)
GO ATHLETICO (FR) winning the $66,353 Prix La Rochette G3 on Septermber 6, 2020 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Goken (FR), out of Byburg (FR), by Sageburg (Ire), 2nd dam By The Best (Fr) by King’s Best, 3rd da Luminosity (GB) by Sillery) (Bred in FR by Mme Canille Viste & Mme Valerie Decouz) (
CHACHNAK (FR) winning the $66,402 Prix Du Prince D’Orange G3 on September 6, 2020 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Kingman (GB), out of Tamazirte, by Danehill Dancer (Ire), 2nd dam Tanami Desert (GB) by Lycius, 3rd dam Tanami (GB) by Green Desert) ($112,406 RNA Ylg’18 AROCT) (Bred in FR by Ecurie La Vallee Martigny EARL & Ecurie du Loup) (
GLYCON (FR) winning the $66,402 La Coupe De Maison-Lafitte G3 on September 6, 2020 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Le Havre (Ire), out of Glorious Sight (Ire), by Singspiel (Ire), 2nd dam Zelding (Ire) by Warning (GB), 3rd dam Zelda by Caerleon) (Bred inRE by SCEA Haras de Saint Pair) (
NAMOS (GER) wining the $32,608 150th Casino Baden-Baden Goldene Peitsche G3 on September 6, 2020 at Baden-Baden. (Winner by Medicean (GB), out of Namera (Ger), by Areion (Ger), 2nd dam Najinskaja (Ger) by Tannenkonig (Ire), 3rd dam Nad Al Sheba IIre) by Alzao) ($75,414 Ylg’17 BBAGS) (Bred in GER by Gestut Brummerhof) (Frank Sorge)
BRAVAS (JPN) winning the $736,253 Nigat Kinen G3 on Spetember 6, 2020 at Niigata. (Winner by King Kamehameha (Jpn), out of Berxina (Jpn), by Deep Impact (Jpn) 2nd dam Yukichan (Jpn) by KUrofune, 3rd dam I Shirayukime (Jpn) by Sunday Silence) (Bred in JPN by N0rhtern Farm) (JRA)
MEIKEI YELL (JPN) winning the $556,449 Kodua Nisai Stakes G3 on Sepember 6, 2020 a Kokura. (Winner by Mikki Isle (Jp), out of Shiroinger (Jpn), by Harbinger (GB), 2nd dam Yukicvhan (Jpn) by Kurofune, 3rd dam Shitayukihime (Jpn) by Sunday Silence) ($244,810 Ylg’18 JRHAJUL) (Bred in JPN by Northern Farm) (JRA)
MADONE winning the $83,500 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes on September 6, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by Vancouver (Aus), out of Indian Love Call, by Cherokee Run, 2nd dam Mood Music by Kingmambo, 3rd dam Lead Kindly Light by Majestic Light) ($70,000 Wlg’18 KEENOV; $50,00 Ylg’19 KEESEP; $125,000 2yo’20 OBSMAR) (Bred i KY by Glendalough LLC) (Benoit)
HEIRESSALL winning the $100,000 Sheer Drama Stakes on September 6, 2020 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Wildcat Heir, out of All Bridled, by Unbridled’s Song) (Bred in FL by Purple Haze Stables) (@artilespascualf/
NOBLE DRAMA winning the $100,000 Benny The Bull Stakes on September 6, 2020 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Gone Astray, out of Queen Drama, by Burning Roma) (Bred in FL by Harold L. Queen) (@artilespascualf/
DAD’S LEGACY winning the $37,952 CTHS Sales Stakes on September 5, 2020 at Hastings. (Winner by Bakken, out of Drop of God, by Stephanotis) ($7,587 Ylg’18 BRCSEP) (Bred in BC by Gladys & Karen Dittloff) (Patti Tubbs)
MY REYNA winning the $37,952 CTHS Sales Stakes on September 5, 2020 at Hastings. (Winner by Bakken, out of Yoorock Gal, by Yoonevano) ($5,690 Ylg’19 BRCSEP) (Bred in BC by Eton Hans Gunther) (Patti Tubbs)
AUTHENTIC winning the $3,000,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve GrI on September 5, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Into Mischief, out of Flawless, by Mr. Greeley, 2nd dam Oyster Baby by Wild Again, 3rd dam Really Fancy by In Reality) ($350,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC) (Anne M. Eberhardt)
DIGITAL AGE (IRE) winning the $1,000,000 Old Forestor Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes GrI on September 5, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Invincible Spirit (ire), out of Willow View, by Lemon Drop Kid, 2nd dam Time Control (GB) by Sadler’s Wells, 3rd dam Time Away (Ire) by Darshaan (GB)) ($390,000 Ylg’17 TATOCT) (Bred in IRE by Merry Fox Stud Limited) (Skip Dickstein)
BELL”S THE ONE winning the $500,000 Derby City Distaff Stakes GrI on September 5, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Majesticperfection, out of Street Mate, by Street Cry (Ire), 2nd dam Day Mate by Dayjur, 3rd dam Possible Mate by King’s Bishop) ($155,000 Ylg’17 FTKJUL) (Bred in KY by Bret Jones) (Anne M. Eberhardt)
GLOBAL CAMPAIGN winning the $480,000 Woodward Handicap GrI on September 5, 2020 a Saratoga. (Winner by Curlin, out of Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy, 2nd dam Trip by Lord At Ware (Arg), 3rd dam Tour by Forty Niner) ($250,000 Ylg’17 KEESEP) (Bn KY by WInStar Farm) (Coglianese)
DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE) winning the $266,689 Betfair Sprint Cup G1 on September 5, 2020 at Haydock. (Winner by Dream Ahead, out of Vailia (GB), by Dansili (GB), 2nd dam Kangra Valley (GB) by Indican Ridge (Ire), 3rd dam Thorner Lane (GB) by Tina’s Pety (GB)) ($44,400 wlg TATFOA; $52,013 RNA Ylg’15 DNPRM) (Bred in IRE by Prostock Ltd) (Seven Cargill/
ENABLE (GB) winning the $66,375 Unibet September Stakes G3 on September 5, 2020 at Kempton. (Winner by Nathaniel (Ire), out of Concentric (GB), by Sadler’s Wells, 2nd dam Apogee (GB) by Shirley Heights (GB), 3rd dam Bourbon Girl by Ile de Bourbon) (Bred in GB by Juddmonte Farms Ltd) (George Selwyn)
TOP RANK (IRE) winning the $59,378 Betfair Superior Mile Stakes G3 on September 5, 2020 at Haydock. (Winner by Dark Angel (Ire), out of Countess Ferrama (GB), by Authorized (Ire), 2nd dam Madame Dubois (GB) by Legend of France, 3rd dam Shadywood (GB) by Habitat) ($16,800 RNA Ylg’19 TAOCT) (Bred in IRE by Wicklow Bloodstock) (Sky Sports)
MIGHTY GURKHA (IRE) winning the $56,983 Unitbet 3 Uniboosts a Day Sirenia Stakes G3 on September 5, 2020 at Kempton. (Winner by Sepoy (Aus), out of Royal Debt (GB), by Royal Applause (GB), 2nd dam Caldy Dancer (Ire) by Soviete Star, 3rd dam Smile Awhile by Woodman) ($16,800 RNA Ylg’18 TAOCT) (Bred in IRE by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd) (PA Wire)
WAI KEY STAR (GER) winning the $32,595 65th Preis Der Sparkassen Ginanzgruppe G2 on September 5, 2020 at Baden-Baden. (Winner by Soldier Hollow, out of Wakytara (ger), by Danehill, 2nd dam Waky Nat (Ire0 by Ahonoora (GB), 3rd dam Myrna’s Best (Ire) by Pampapaul (Ire)) (Bred in GER by Gestut Park Wiedingen) (Marc Rühl)
SODASHI (JPN) winning the $550.008 Sapporo Nisai Stakes G3 on September 5. 2020 at Sapporo. (Winner by Kurofune, out of Buchiko (Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn), 2nd dam Shirayukihime (Jpn) by Sunday Silence, 3rd dam Wave Wind by Topsider) (Bred in JPN by Noerthern Farm) (JRA)
TOP KNIGHT (AUS) winning the $366,342 Singapore Derby on September 5, 2020 at Kranji. (Winner by Zoustar (Aus), out of Nero Cavallo (Aus), by Charnwood Forest (Ire), 2nd dam Huntington Girl (Aus) by Black Zephyr (NZ), 3rd dam Gentle Marchesa (Aus0 by Purple Patch (Aus)) ($47,311 Ylg’17 MMMAR; $94.662 2yo’17 MMOCT) (Bred in NSW by Elswick Stud) (Singapore Turf Club)
MYSTIC GUIDE winning the $150,000 Jim Dandy Stakes GrII on September 5, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Ghostzapper, out of Music Note, by A.P. Indy, 2nd dam Note Musicale (GB) by Sadler’s Wells, 3rd dam It’sin the Air by Mr. Prospector) (Bred in KY by Godolphin) (Coglianese/Susie Raisher)
FRANKS’ ROCKETTE winning the $200,000 Prioress Stakes GrII on September 5, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Into Mischief, out of Rocket Twentyone, by Indian Charlie, 2nd dam Symphonic Lady by Blare of Trumpets, 3rd dam Wavering Lady by Wavering Monarch) (Bred in KY by Frank Fletcher) (Coglianese/Joe Labozzetta)
RUSHIE winning the $500,000 Pat Day Mile Stakes GrII on September 5, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Liam’s Map, out of Conquest Angel, by Colonel John, 2nd dam More Oats Please by Smart Strike, 3rd dam Mss Yiayia buy Gilded Time) ($70,000 2yo’19 OBSMAR) (Bred in Fl by Ocala Stud) (Rick Samuels)
FANCY LIQUOR winning the $500,000 Smithfield American Turf Stakes GrII on September 5, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Lookin At Lucky, out of Brandy’s Secret, by Secret Romeo, 2nd dam Money For Brandy by Quiet Enjoyment, 3rd dam Monetary Shot by Monetary Gift) (Bred in KY by Hot Pink Stable & Skychai Racing LLC) (Anne M. Eberhardt)
BEAU RECALL (IRE) winning the $500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes GrII on September 5, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Sir Prancealot (Ire), out of Greta d’Argent (Ire), by Great Commotion, 2nd dam Petite’d’Argetnt (GB) by Noalto (GB), 3rd dam Honey to Spare by Track Sp;are (Ire) ($20,123 Ylg’15 TISEP; $385,000 RNA 5yo’19 KEEJAN) (Bred in IRE by Tom Wallace) (Rick Samuels)
CIVIL UNION winning the $200,000 Glens Falls Stakes GrII on September 5, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by War Front, out of Photograph, by Unbridled’s Song, 2nd dam Black Speck by Arch, 3rd dam Andover Way by His Majesty. (Bred in KY by Joseph Allen, LLC) (Tim Lanahan)
RAYMUNDOS SECRET winning the $151,500 John C. Mabee Stakes GrII on September 5, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by Treasure Beach (GB), out of Paulette Caveat, by Greatness, 2nd dam Princes Caveat by Caveat, 3rd dam Majestic Miss by Majestic Prince) ($7,000 Ylg’17 OBSOCT) (Bred in FL by Edward Seltzer, Beverly Anderson, Joseph & Helen Barbazon) (Benoit)
SITTING ON GO winning the $200,000 Ford Iroquois Stakes GrIII on September 5, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Brody’s Cause, out of Set’n On Ready, by More Than Ready, 2nd dam Laughingly by Giant’s Causeway, 3rd dam Now That’s Funny by Saratoga Six) ($65,000 Wlg’18 KEENOV; $62,000 RNA Ylg’19 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Wynnstay LLC) (Eclipse Sportswire)
ANALYZE IT winning the $152,500 Red Bank Stakes GrIII on Spetember 5, 2020 at Monmouth. (Winner by Point of Entry, out of Sweet Assay, by Consolidator, 2nd dam Unbridled Assay by Unbridled Song, 3rd dam A.P. Assay by A.P. Indy) ($130,000 Ylg’16 KEESEP; $190,000 2yo’17 OBSMAR) (Bred in KY by Headley Bell, Nancy Bell & NATO) (
PINK LLOYD winning the $109,585 Vigil Stakes GrIII on September 5, 2020 at Woodbine. (Winner by Old Forester, out of Gladiator Queen, by Great Gladiator, 2nd dam Ascot Sarah by Ascot Knight, 3rd dam Sarawilha by Sir Ivor) ($22,670 Ylg’13 CANSEP) (Bred in ON by John Carey) (Michael Burns)
COOL ARROW winning the $100,000 Smile Sprint Stakes GrIII on September 5, 2020 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Into Mischief, out of Phoenicia, by Mr. Purple, 2nd dam Scram by Stalwart, 3rd dam Flaxen by Graustark) ($120,000 Ylg’15 FTSAUG; $50,000 5yo’19 FTKHRA) (Bred in KY by H. Allen Poindexter) (Lauren King/Coglianese)
NEVER ENOUGH TIME winning the $100,000 Alma North Stakes on September 5, 2020 at Laurel. (Winner by Munnings, out of What Time It Is, by Partner’s Hero) (Bred in MD by R. Larry Johnson) (MJC)
MARIES MELODY winning the $75,000 Miss Gracie Stakes on September 5, 2020 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Point of Entry, out of She’s Stella Marie, by Leoroidesanmaux (Brz)) ($$,5000 RNA lg’18 KEESEP; $2,700 2yo’19 OBSOPN) (Bred in KY by Adena Springs) (@artilespascualf/
MONTFORTE winning the $75,000 Bear’s Den Stakes on September 5, 2020 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Carpe Diem, out of She’s a Ketch, by Rahy) ($10,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in FL by Westbury Stables LLC) (@artilespascualf/
GOOD WITH PEOPLE winning the $94,000 I’m Smokin Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by Curlin to Mischief, out of Gator Prowl, by Roar of the Tiger, 2nd dam Reed and Rite by Notebook, 3rd dam Future Answer by Compelan) (Bred in CA by J Kirk & Judy Romson) (Benoit)
DAIMOND OOPS winning the $250,000 Sysco Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes GrII on September 4, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Lookin at Lucky, out of Patriotic Viva, by Whywhywhy, 2nd dam Patriotic Diva by Honour and Glory, 3rd dam Great Mines by Forty Niner) ($42,000 RNA Wlg’15 KEENOV) (Bred in KY by Kin Hui Racing Stables LLC) (Coady)
SHARING winning the $300,000 Forcht Bank Edgedwood Stakes GrII on September 4, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Speightstown, out of Shared Account, by Pleasantly Perfect, 2nd dam Silk n’ Sapphire by Smart Strike, 3rd dam Golden Tiy by Dixieland Band) ($350,000 Ylg’18 FTSAUG) (Bred in MD by Sagamore Farms) (Rick Samuels)
SCONSIN winning the Eight Belles Stakes GrII on September 4, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Include, out of Sconnie, by Tiznow, 2nd dam In the Wild by Forest Wildcat, 3rd dam Askrania by Afleet) (Bred in KY by Lloyd Madison Farms LLC) (Anne M. Eberhardt)
BY MY STANDARDS winning the $400,00 Sentient Jet Alysheba Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Goldencents, out of A Jealous Woman, bu Muqtarib, 2nd dam Miss Free Bird by Fly So Free, 3rd dam Stomfeather by Storm Bird) ($150,000 2yo’18 OBSAPR) (Bred in KY by Don Ladd) (Skip Dickstein)
MONOMY GIRL winning the $500,00 Oak Grove Racing and Gaming La Troienne Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Tapizar, out of Drumette, by Henny Hughes, 2nd dam Endless Parade by Willamstown, 3rd dam Mnemosyne by Saratoga Six) ($100,000 Ylg’16 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by FPF LLC & Highfield Ranch) (Rick Samuels)
SHEDARESTHEDEVIS wining the $1,250,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks GrI on September 4, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Daredevil, out of Staship Warpspeed, by Congrats, 2nd am Andria’s Forest by Forestry, 3rd dam Andriana B. by Far North) ($100,000 Wlg’17 KEENOV; $20,000 RNA Ylg’18 KEESEP; $280,000 2yo’19 KEENOV) (Bred in KY by WinStar Farm) (John Sommers II/UPI)
MAKINGCENTS winning the $150,000 Fleet Indian Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Goldencents, out of Mischief Maker, bu Cape Town, 2nd dam Sain Misbehavin’ by Sweetouthernsaint, 3rd dam Ms. Waki Talkin by Miswaki) ($37,000 RNA Ylg’18 SARAUG) (Bred in NY by Windhorse Thoroughbreds LLC) (Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)
RINALDI winning the $150,000 West Point Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Posse, out of Dynamite Cocktail, by Dynaformer) ($5,000 Wl’16 FTNMIX) (Bred in NY by Barry R Ostrager) (Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)
SAMBORELLA winning the $150,000 Seeking The Ante Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Outwork, out of Light and Variable, by Tiznow, 2nd dam Cool Storm by Storm Cat, 3rd dam She’s a Winner by A.P. Indy) ($500,000 Ylg’19 SARAUG) (Bred in NY by WinStar Farm LLC) (Coglianese/Dom Napoplitano)
THIN WHITE DUKE winning the $150,000 Funny Cide Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Dominus, out of Aberdeen Alley, by Distorted Humor, 2nd dam Silly Miss by Pine Bluff, 3rd dam Oh Silly Me by Quack) (Bred in NY by Phil Gleaves) (Coglianese)
CHESTERTOWN winning the $145,500 Albany Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Tapit, out of Artemis Agrotera, by Roman Ruler, 2nd dam Indy Glory by A.P. Indy, 3rd dam Immerse by Cox’s Ridge) ($2,000,000 2yo’19 OBSMAR) (Bred in NY by Chester & Mary Broman) (Coblianese)
MYHARTBLONGSTODADY winning the $145,500 Yaddo Stakes on September 4, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Scat Daddy, out of Elusive Rumour, Elusive Quality) ($245,000 RNA Ylg’16 FTSAUG) (Bred in NY by Lawrence Goichman) (Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)
GOLD CRUSHER winning the $40,000 Muckleshoot Derby on September 3, 2020 at Emerald Downs. (Winner by Harbor the Gold, out of Bookie Girl, bu Proud Citizen. ($5,000 Ylg’18 WASSEP) (Bred in WA by Bar C Racing Stable Inc) (Emerald Downs)
PRINCESS OF CAIRO winning the $40,000 Washington Oaks on September 3, 2020 at Emerald Downs. (Winner by Cairo Prince, out of Lovely Cool, by Indian Charlie.) ($20,000 ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Bret Jones) (Emerald Downs)
KALAHARA (GB) winning the $66,353 Prix D’Arenberg G3 on September 3, 2020 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Frankel (GB), out of Desertiste (GB), by Green Desert, 2nd dam Occupandiste (Ire) by Kaldoun (Fr), 3rd dam Only Seule by Lyhpard) (Bred in GB by Wertheimer & Frere) (Scoop Dyga)
HAPPY ROMANCE (IRE) winning the $37,323 Shadwell Dick Pool Fillies’ Stakes G3 on September 3, 2020 at Salisbury. (Winner by Dandy Man (Ire), out of Rugged Up (Ire), by Marju (Ire), 2nd dam For Evva Silca (GB)b y Piccolo (GB), 3rd dam Silca-Cisa (GB) by Hallgate (GB)) ($29,621 Yrl’19 GOFFPR) (Bred in IRE by Redpender Stud Ltd) (Megan Ridgwell/Pool)
SIMPLY RAVISHING winning the $93,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes on September 3, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Laoban, out of Four Wishes, by More Than Ready, 2nd dam Emilyna by Valid Wager, 3rd dam Piano Affect by Fappiano) ($50,000 Ylg’19 FTKOCT) (Bred in NY by Meg Levy) (Coglianese)
OFFICER HUTCHY winning the $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes on September 3, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Boys At Tosconova, out of A.P. Hutchy, by Patriot Act, 2nd dam Miss Woodruff by Two Punch, 3rd dam Malbay by Apalachee) (Bred in NY by Green OPolka Farms, LLC) (Coglianese)
GIRL DADDY winning the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes GrIII on September 3, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Uncle Mo, out of Cara Marie, by Unbridled’s Song, 2nd dam Miss Kilroy by A.P. Indy, 3rd dam Miss Caerleona (Fr) by Caerleon) ($500,000 Ylg’19 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by China Horse Club International Limited) (Coady)
CHAMPERS ELYSEES (IRE) winning the $65,168 Coolmore Stud No Nay Never Fairy Bridge Stakes G3 on September 2, 2020 at Gowran. (Winner by Elzaam (Aus), out of La Cuvee (GB), by Mark of Esteem (Ire), 2nd Premiere Cuvee (GB) by Formidable, 3rd dam Clicquot (Ire) by Bold Lad (Ire)) ($14,810 Wlg’17 TATFBR; $33,176 Ylg’18 TIRSEP; $112,563 RNA 2yo’19 GOFHIT) (Bred in IRE by Karl Bowen) (Caroline Norris)
AMBASSADOR LUNA winning the $145,500 Unbridled Sidney Stakes on September 2, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Brethren, out of Spanish Ambassador, by Spanish Steps) (Bred in FL by Boodoomon Racing) (Coady)
FIRE AT WILL winning the $93,000 With Anticipation Stakes on September 2, 2020 at Saratoga. ($97,000 Ylg’19 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Troy Rankin) (Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)
RY’S THE GUY winning the $115,400 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Champions Day Marathon Overnight Stakes on September 1, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Distorted Humor, out of Sleepytime (Ire) by Royal Academy) ($90,000 Ylg’17 FTKTUR) (Bred in KY by Tenth Street Stables LLC) (Coady)

It Feels Like The First Time

As the rock band Foreigner wrote way back in 1976:

I have waited a lifetime
Spend my time so foolishly
But now that I found you
Together we’ll make history
And I know it must be the woman in you
That brings out the man in me
I know I can’t help myself
You’re all my eyes can see

And it feels like the first time
Like it never did before
Feels like the first time
Like we’ve opened up the door
Feels like the first time
Like it never will again
Never again

It feels like the first time
Feels like the very first time
It feels like the first time
It feels like the very first time


After winning last weekend’s Kentucky Derby (Baffert’s sixth, tying him with the great Ben Jones), Baffert said “I feel very blessed and fortunate.” He followed that with “I feel like I just won my first Derby.” So, after being knocked down in the Winner’s Circle by his newest Derby Champion, he had this to say afterwards. (Click to see the ESPN video.)

2019 Causin Commotion Colt Grand Champion at VA Yearling Futurity News – Sept 10, 2020 — Knockgriffin Farm’s Virginia-Certified 2019 Causin Commotion colt took Grand Champion honors in the annual Virginia Breeders Fund 2020 Yearling Futurity, which was held September 9 at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds.

GRAND CHAMPION – Colt by Causin Commottion (Anna Purdy)

The champion is owned/bred by Jim & Katie Fitzgerald at their Marshall, Virginia farm. The dark bay/brown colt is by Unified (Mineshaft).

Animal Kingdom Filly (Anna Purdy

Morgan’s Ford Farm’s 2019 Smart Believer bay, who took top honors in the Virginia-Bred/Sired Fillies division, was named 2020 Reserve Champion. She is a daughter of Animal Kingdom (Smart Strike). A total of $22,500 in prize money was distributed between the three divisions. The top two winners from each advanced to the Grand Championship final round.

Darting Colt (Anna Purdy)

In the Virginia-Bred/Sired Colt & Gelding class, Althea Richards’ 2019 Darting colt won top honors. Also named “Best Turned Out”, the dark bay is by Divining Rod (During) and is entred as Hip # 505 in the FT Midatlantic Fall Yearling Sale.

Susan Cooney’s Celtic Sea, a chestnut colt by English Channel out of Embarr by Royal Academy, took second. Rounding out the class in order was Knockgriffin Farms’ 2019 Trishas Even colt by Street Sense (Even the Score), Becky & Andy Lavin’s 2019 Falsehood chestnut colt by Madefromlucky (Awesome Again), Knockgriffin’s 2019 Looking Great colt by American Freedom (Include), Daniel Wukich & Quest Realty’s E.P Milton by Jack Milton (Stephen Got Even), Darlene Bowlin’s 2019 Cape Cod Bay gelding by Great Notion (Cape Town) and Frazer Hendrick’s colt, Maximum Momentum by Koda Chrome (Frost Giant).

In the Virginia-Bred/Sired Fillies category, Daybreak Stables’ 2019 Callipepla bay was runner-up behind the Smart Believer filly. The daughter of Cupid (Yes It’s True) was also named “Best Turned Out” in her class. The rest of the field in order was Corner Farm & John Behrendt’s 2019 Senate Caucus bay by MacLean’s Music (Siphon), Morgan’s Ford Farms’ 2019 Pearls by Super Saver (Black Tie Affair), Doug Daniels’ Dulini by Madefromlucky (Light the Fuse), Daniel Wukich & Quest Realty’s Music Queen by Maclean’s Music (Royal Academy), Eagle Point Farms’ Chickahominy by Great Notion (Purple Comet) and Susan Cooney’s Speak Your Mind by Mr. Speaker (Emancipator).

In the large Certified class which saw colts and filles combined, Lorraine & Dennis Johnson’s colt, Bigshot On Nothing by Mineshaft finished second and was named “Best Turned Out” horse. Joanne Krishack’s filly New Age Bad Girl by Fiber Sonde was next followed by Ron Sapp’s colt Rebel Empire by Sky Kingdom, Kathleen Hamlin’s gelding Man of the Cloth by Fiber Sonde, DMG Racing Stables’ gelding Freegftwthpurchase by Freedom Child, Daniel Wukich & Quest Realty’s filly Lunar Motion by Great Notion and Michael Dalton’s colt Quincannon by Buffum.

(Charlton Bloodstock)

The judge for this year’s Futurity was Rick Abbott, a former longtime Pennsylvania bloodstock agent who along with his wife Dixie, had a successful sales consignment business.

Photo of the Day

KY Deby winner AUTHENTIC spun around and knocked down several — including his trainer, Bob Baffert – in the winner’s circle after winning the 146th Kentucky Derby. (Eric Crawford)