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CLN Update: Sunday Racing

According to CLN, there will be a makeup card from Monday’s cancelled opener run on Sunday, August 2, 2020. Three non-betting jump races starting at 3:30 PM, then pari-mutuel card at 5:30 PM.

For the Equibase entries CLICK HERE.

Under spectator-free designation, fans are encouraged to tune into the TVG Network to watch live racing from Colonial Downs and wager via tvg.comtwinspires.comexpressbet.com and nyrabets.com.

Question of the Day?

CLN Turf Course (Nick Hahn)

How can you have something called the Grayson Grass Challenge and not include the track with the biggest (and many would argue, best) turf course in the country? Especially when then the name Grayson has such deep roots in Virginia…Just sayin’?? — GP

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and Indiana Grand to partner for Grayson Grass Challenge

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that it will be the beneficiary of the “Grayson Grass Challenge,” sponsored by Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

The Grayson Grass Challenge will be a five-week handicapping contest starting the week of August 10 whereby participants in the challenge submit selections on two specified turf races each week at Indiana Grand through the week of September 7. Each contestant will be given a $500 bankroll provided by Indiana Grand, of which $100 can be wagered each week. The bankroll can be used for win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagers. At the end of the five weeks, all remaining bankroll plus winnings from the contestants will go to Grayson.

“Our sport is not possible without healthy horses, and Grayson funds research projects that facilitate wellness among all horses, including racehorses,” said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of racing for Indiana Grand. “I wish our expert handicappers the best of luck in their efforts to raise money for such an important cause.”

“We are excited to work with Indiana Grand and all contest participants as part of the Grayson Grass Challenge,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson. “We are thankful to all parties for their enthusiasm in supporting equine health and wellness.”

The field for the Grayson Grass Challenge will consist of four individuals: Nick Luck, international racing broadcaster; Gabe Prewitt, analyst for Scioto Downs and Pompano Park; Ellis Starr, national racing analyst for Equibase; and Daniel Tordjman, America’s Best Racing handicapper and manager of Partnerships & Sponsorships. Indiana Grand will also participate with an entry of rotating picks from Nancy Holthus, paddock analyst; Rachel McLaughlin, racing analyst and production manager; and Bill Downes, track announcer.

Pletcher Strikes Again

LARGENT (Coady)

Todd Pletcher continues his very hot streak sending out Largent to win Wednesday’s $57,000 Edward P. Evans Stakes at Colonial Downs. The now gelded son of Into Mischief (also on a hot streak) was a $50,000 RNA at Keeneland September in 2017.

The Pletcher charge ran to the money Wednesday evening, scoring his first black-type victory. Favored in a field scratched down to four, the bay chased the field early, but was in close range through a :24.15 opening quarter. Inching up a bit more through a half in :48.16, he split rivals in the lane and out-finished Embolden to score.

“I wanted to be a little closer than I was[early in the race],”winning rider Tyler Conner said. “I let him settle where he’s happy. My man Trevor [McCarthy] had me in a little tight. I didn’t want to take back and go around. So I just went with the momentum and hoping he’s split somewhere and I could get through.”

Never worse than second in his career, Largent romped. The winner’s dam is a daughter of MGISW Life at the Top (Seattle Slew), who is also the dam of GSW & G1SP Elizabeth Bay (Mr. Prospector). He returned to the winner’s circle last time in Hallandale, FL Mar. 28.

He now has Lifetime Record of 6 starts with four wins and two seconds, and earnings of $134,670.

Happy Flashback Photo

The happy connection of What The Beep after winning the 2019 M. Tyson Gilpin Stakes, including trainer Godsey, her husband and son, Godsey’s parents – Donna and Steve Dennehy and others in the CLN winner’s enclosure. (Coady)

Favorite Largent Wins E.P. Evans Stakes at CLN

LARGENT (Coady)

(NEW KENT, VA 7/29/2020) A compact field of four went to the gate in the $60,000 Edward P. Evans Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired runners with heavily favored Largent, owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. The son of Into Mischief covered the mile over firm turf in 1:36.14. He is trained by Todd Pletcher who picked up his third victory in the first two nights of racing at Colonial this season. Tyler Conner had the winning ride. 

“I wanted to be a little closer than I was (early in the race),” Conner said. “I let him settle where he’s happy. My man Trevor (jockey McCarthy) had me in a little tight. I didn’t want to take back and go around. So I just went with the momentum and hoping he’s split somewhere and I could get through.” 

Largent’s tally was his fourth in six starts and the $36,000 winner’s share boosted his bankroll to $134,670. He paid $2.40 and $2.10. There was no show wagering in the race. 

Embolden, the 2019 Jamestown winner, was beaten just a length in the mile race and paid $2.10. Carbon Data and River Deep completed the order of finish. 

Colonial Downs will race a special make up card this Sunday at 5:30 PM. 

Eagle Point Homebred Wins Camptown Stakes at CLN

WHAT THE BEEP (Coaey)

(NEW KENT, VA 7/29/2020) – What the Beep pulled off an upset with a one-length victory over heavy favorite Tan and Tight in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired fillies and mares. The homebred daughter of Great Notion was ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Karen Godsey who bred and broke the 5-year-old mare on her Eagle Point Farm.  

“This is very emotional for me,” said a tearful Godsey. “Her mother (Toccoa) was my first winner. To win a race like the Camptown, which my grandfather helped to start, is important to me. We mainly race here and the rest of the year I am breaking horses on the farm.” 

KAREN GODSEY (Coady)

What the Beep won the M. Tyson Gilpin Stakes here last summer but hasn’t raced since an off-the-board finish in an allowance race at Laurel last October.  

“She got a little cut on her leg and we almost missed that last race,” Godsey explained. “So she came home and got to spend the whole winter being a horse, hanging out, and ran around an 80-acre field with all her brothers. It’s nice she gets to do that, come back here and run like this. It’s kind of what her momma did. I would take her home every winter and come back here and win every summer. She’s a happy horse.” 

The bay mare led every step of the way getting the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:02.95 after setting fractions of 22.38 seconds, 44.37 seconds and 56.31 seconds. 

The Camptown was the fourth victory in 16 starts for What the Beep who could race next to defend her title in the M Tyson Gilpin Stakes. She earned $36,000 for the tally to boost her bankroll to $189,503 and paid $15.20, $4 and $2.20. 

Tan and Tight, the 2-5 post-time favorite, stalked the pace and made a mild rally in the stretch but was no threat to the winner returning $2.20 and $2.20. Bella Aurora ($2.20) finished third in the six-horse field, followed by Solarte, Determined Love and Chasing Midnight to complete the order of finish. 

Pletcher Win 2 at CLN 7/29

FARMINGTON ROAD (Coady)

Colonial Downs  New Kent, VA – July 29, 2020   

Race #03 – Purse $42,000 – 1 3/16 Miles – 1:56.89

Robert V. Lapenta, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Chrysalis, LLC, Owner

Todd A. Pletcher, Trainer; Tyler Conner, Jockey

Singapore Flash (2nd), Felix the Fox (3rd)

$3.80 $2.40 $2.10

Order of Finish – 2, 1, 6, 5

Lifetime Record: SP, 8-2-2-0, $155,200, Bred in KY by Chrysalis Stables

Notes from TDN: FARMINGTON ROAD (c, 3, Quality Road–Silver La Belle {MSP, $111,971}, by Langfuhr) was runner-up in the Oaklawn Stakes on April 11, stayed on for fourth in the faster division of the GI Arkansas Derby won by Nadal (Blame) and was last seen finishing a well-beaten eighth to Tiz the Law (Constitution) in the June 20 GI Belmont Stakes.

Possessed of a pedigree for the turf and wanting every bit of this trip, the 9-10 favorite lobbed along at the back of this quintet with no pace up ahead of him. Sticking to the fence as they raced around the sweeping second turn, Farmington Road was full of run, but short of room entering the stretch. In tight while trying to thread the needle one off the inside at the eighth pole, he was deftly maneuvered into the three path with time ticking away, knifed through between rivals and was along for an eventful neck success. The colt’s stakes-placed dam is a half-sister to the Chrysalis Stable owned Silverfoot (With Approval), a three-time winner of the 12-furlong GIII Louisville H. and runner-up in a GI United Nations S. over a mile and three-eighths.

Farmington Road has a yearling half-brother named Romanichal (Munnings) and a foal halfsister by Goldencents.

Pletcher also won Race #08 with VALIANCE (f, 4, Tapit–Last Full Measure {GISW, $293,245}, by Empire Maker)

Stakes Photos

STONE CARVER winning the $29,931 Journal Handicap on July 19 2020 at Century Mile. (Winner by Birdstone, out of Vermilion Sea, by Boundary) ($35,000 Ylg’16 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by T/C Stable LLC) (TheHorses.com)
MILLISLE (IRE) winning the $58,933 1Yeomanstown Stud Ballyogan Stakes G3 on July 22, 2020 at Naas. (Winner by Starspangedbanner (Aus), out of Green Castle (Ire), by Indiacn Ridge (Ire), 2nd dam Green Lucia by Green Dancer, 3rd dam Cockade (GB) by Derring-Do (GB)) (Bred in IRE by Stonehorn Stud Farms Ltd) (Racing Post)
CROSS BORDER winning the $79,000 Lubash Stakes on July 22, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by English Channel, out of Empress Josephine, by Empire Maker) ($180,000 Ylg’15 KEESEP; $10,000 2yo’16 OBSOPN; $100,000 4yo ’18 FTKHRA) (Bred in NY by Berkshire Stud & B.D. Gibbs) (Erica Miller)
DIRECT DIAL winning the $75,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes on July 22, 2020 at Lone Star. (Winner by Too Much Bling, out of Fast Find, by Mineshaft) ($105,000 Ylg’16 TTAMIX) (Bred in TX by W. S. Farish) (Dustin Orona)
FRESCO winning the $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes on July 23, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Freud, out of Lady Renaisance, by Smart Strike, 2nd dam Artistic by Pirate’s Bounty, 3rd dam Paintbrush by Bold Hour) (Bred in NY by Oak Bluff Stable, LLC) (Barbara D. Livingston)
TURNED ASIDE winning the $100,000 Quick Call Stakes GIII on July 24, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by American Pharoah, out of Sustained, by War Front, 2nd dam Sweetstorm Amy by Lemon Drop Kid, 3rd dam Hurricane Amy by Storm Cat) ($270,000 RNA 2yo’19 BAROCT) (Bred in KY by Paul P. Pompa, Jr.) (NYRA/Coglianese)
BIG SWEEP winning the $117,500 Fleet Treat Stakes on July 24, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by Mr. Big, out of Missszippityslewda, by City Zip, 2nd dam Maggie O’Slew by Seattle Slew, 3rd dam Miss Maggie by Afleet) ($40,000 Ylg’18 BAROCT) (Bred in CA by George Krikorian) (Benoit)
PINK LLOYD winning $74,882 Shepperton Stakes on July 23, 2020 at Woodbine. (WInner by Old Forester, out of Gladiator Queen, by Great Gladiator) ($22,464 Ylg’13 CABSEP) (Bred in ON by John Carey) (Michael Burns)
SOMEONE ELSE winning the $29,931 Chariot Chaser Handicap on July 24, 2020 at Woodbine. (Winner by Boos, out of Justbluffin, by Pine Bluff) (Bred in ID by Paul Teasue & Harry Bettis) (ATOBA)
VOLATILE winning the $232,500 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap GI on July 25, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Violence, out of Melody Lady, by Unbridled Song, wnd dam Lady Tak by Mutakddim, 3rd dam Star of My Eyer by Lucky North) ($850,00 Ylg’17 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc & Stretch Run Ventures, LLC) (Skip Dickstein)
MAXIMUM SECURITY winning the $150,000 San Diego Handicap GII on July 25, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by New Year’s Day, out of Lil Indy, by Asheed, 2nd dam Crsta Lil by Cresta Rider, 3rd dam Tugoa by Double Jay) (Bred in KY by Gary & Mary West Stables Inc) (Benoit)
STARSHIP JUBILEE winning the $194,000 Balston Spa Stakes GII on July 25, 2020 at Saratoga. (WInner by Indy Wind, out of Perfectly Wild, by Forest Wildcat, 2nd dam Perfect Arc by Brown Arc, 3rd dam Podeica (Arg) by Petonisi (GB)) ($6,500 Ylg’14 OBSAUG; $34,000 RNA 2yo’15 OBSAPR; $425,000 RNA 5yo-18 KEENOV) (Bred in FL by William P. Sorren) (Skip Dikestein/Tim Lanahan)
LAURA’S LIGHT winning the $152,5000 San Clemente Stakes GII on July 25, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winer by Constitution, out of LIght of a Stay, by Muqtarib, 2nd dam Mia F Eighteen by Tough Knight, 3rd dam Lucky Mia by Regal Bearing (GB)) ($95,000 Wlg’17 KEENOV; $25,000 RNA Ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Golden Pedigree LLC) (Benoit)
SHIRL’S SPEIGHT wining $96,036 Marine Stakes GIII on July 25, 2020 at Woodbine. (Winner by Sqeightstown, out of Perfect Shirl, by Perfect Soul (Ire), 2nd dam Lady Shirl by That’s a Nice, 3rd dam Canonization by Native Heritage) (Bred in KY by Charles Fipke) (Michael Burns)
TWO SIXTY winning the $96,784 Selene Stakes GIII on July 25, 2020 at Woodbine. (Winner by Uncaptured, out of Jim’s Lonesa, by Put It Back, 2nd dam Charms Way by Salt Lake, 3rd dam Remember Midnight by Cure the Blues) ($72,000 Ylg’18 OBSOCT; $260,000 2yo’19 OBSMAR) (Bred in FL by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc.) (Michael Burns)
ENABLE (GB) winning the $470,454 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes G1 on July 25, 2020 at Ascot. (Winner by Nathaniel (Ire), out of Concentric (GB), by Sadler’s Wells, 2nd dam Apogee (GB) by Shirely Heights (GB), 3rd dam Bourbon Girl by Ile de Bourbon) (Bred in GB by Juddmonte Farms Ltd) (Edward Witaker/Racing Post)
ASPETAR (FR) winning the $64,687 Sky Bet York Stakes G2 on July 25, 2020 at York. (Winner by Al Kazeem (GB), out of Bella Qatara (Ire), by Dansili (GB), 2nd dam Alexandrova (Ire) by Sadler’s Wells, 3rd dam Shouk (GB) by Shirley Heights (GB)) (Bred in FR by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani) (David Davies/PA Wire)
TEMPLE GRAFIN (SAF) winning the $19,595 Jonsson Workwear Garden Povince Stakes G1 on July 25, 2020 at Greyville. (Winner by Duke of Marmalade (Ire), out of Inner Temple (SAf), by Greys Inn, 2nd dam Chica (SAf) by Fort Wood, 3rd dam West Wall (SAf) by Plugged Nickle) (Bred in SAF by Mrs. Fran Cowe) (Candiese Lenferna)
BELGARION (SAF) winning the $90,442 Bodaom Durban July G1 on July 25, 2020 at Greyville. (Winner by Dynasty (SAf), out of Riva (Ger), by Acatenango (Ger), 2nd dam Rivala by Riverman, 3rd dam Alik (Fr) by Targowice) (Bred in SAF by A N Foster) (Liesl King)
TOP HARBOR winning the $68,300 Everett Nevin Stakes on July 25, 2020 at Pleasanton. (Winner by Harbor the Gold, out of Reba Is Tops, by He’s Tops) (Bred in CA by Eric Schweiger, Gordy Jarnig & Kenny Marshall) (William Vassar)
VIOLENT TIMES wining the $60,000 Ana T. Stakes on July 25, 2020 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Violence, out of Make Time, by Empire Maker) ($10,000 Ylg’16 FTKFEB; $41,000 Ylg’16 FTKJUL) (Bred in PA by C Biscuit Racing, Island Peak Stables, Squire Thoroughbreds & The Maryland Group) (@artilespasualf/VideioHipico.com)
VERTICAL THREAT winning the $66,395 Smiling Tiger Stakes on July 25, 2020 at Del Mar. ( Winner by Tapiture, out of Viola Blew, by Omega Code) ($50,000 Ylg’18 OBSJAN; $47,000 RNA Ylg’18 KEESEP; $100,000 2yo’19 OBSAPR) (Bred in KY by Albert and Teresa Davis) (Benot)
GOLDEN BROWN winning the $75,000 Irish War Cry Handicap on July 25 2020 at Monmouth. (Winner by Offlee Wild, out of Suzee Sunrise, by Chester House) ($22,000 Ylg’16 FTKOCT) (Bred in NJ by Esther De Jong) (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
SAILING SOLO winning the $60,000 Mecke Stakes on July 25, 2020 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Smart Strike, out of Proviso )GB), by Dansili (GB)) ($30,000 3yo’18 KEENOV) (Bred in KY by Juddmonte Farms Inc.) (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese)
MAGICAL (IRE) winning the $294,736 Tattersalls Gold Cup G1 on Juuly 25, 2020 at Curragh. (Winner by Galileo (Ire), out of Halfway To Heaven (Ire), by Pivotal (GB), 2nd dam Casandra Go (Ire) by Indian Ridge (Ire), 3rd dam Rahaam by Secreto) (Bred in IRE by Oependale, Chelston & Wynatt) (Patrick McCann/Racing Post)
BARNEY ROY (GB) winning the $91,368 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayerisches Zuchtrennen G1 on July 26, 2020 at Munich. (Winner by Excelebration (Ire), out of Alina (Ire), by Galileo (Ire), 2nd dam Cheyenne Star (Ire) by Mujahid, 3rd dam Charita (Ire) by Lycius) ($36,000 Wlg’14 TATFGOA; $82,526 Yrg’15 DNPRM) (Bred in GB by Eliza park Internatinal Pty Ltd) (www.galppfoto.de)
LADY BOWTHORPE (GB) winning the $47,157 Betfred Valiant Fillies Stakes G3 pn July 26, 2020 at Ascot. (Winner by Nathaniel (Ire), of Maglietta FGina (Ire), by Verglas (Ire), 2nd dam Whipped Queen by Kingmambo, 3rd am Meringue Pie by Silent Screen) ($98.400 Yrl’17 TAOCT) (Bred in GB by Scuderia Archi Romani) (George Sehwyn)
SANTOSHA (IRE) winning the $35,368 Princess Margaret Betfred Stakes G3 on July 26, 2020 at Ascot. (Winner by Coulsty (Ire), out of Princess Zoffany (Ire), by Zoffany (Ire), 2nd dam Tara Gold (Ire) by Royal Academy, 3rd dam Soha by Dancing Brave) (Bred in IRE by Paddy Murray) (George Sehwyn)
JO KANA CHAN (JPN) winning the $711,041 Ibis Summer Dash G3 on July 26, 2020 at Niigata. (Winner by Lord Kanaloa (Jpn), out of Lucky Dice (Jpn), by Neo, wnd dam Miss Vegas (ire) by Efisio (gb), 3rd dam Dwingeloo (Ire) by Kaning Dissident) (Bred in JPN by Takuya Mimura) (JRA)
SOMELIKEITHOT winning the $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap GII on July 26, 2020 at Saratoga. (Winner by Big Brown, out of Marilyn Monroan, by Tapit, 2nd dam Summer Scene by Belong to Me, 3rd dam Heat Lightning by Summer Squall) (Bred in NY by Hot Pink Stables & Sad Dollar Stables) (Coglianese)
UNITED winning the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes GII on July 26, 2020 at Del Mar. (Winner by Giant’s Causeway, out of Indy Punch, by Pulling Punches, 2nd dam Indy Flash by A.P. Indy, 3rd dam Nirror Brigh by Gleaming) ($240,000 WLg’15 KEENOV; $300,000 Ylg’16 FTSAUG) (Bred in KY by Rosemont Farm LLC) (Benoit)
MR. RITZ winning the $100,453 Seagram Cup GIII on July 26, 2020 at Woodbine. (Winner by Oasis Dram (GB), out of Que Puntual (Arg), by Contested Bid, 2nd dam Repartija (Arg) by Rempranero (Chi), 3rd dam Eurasiana by Ecuanime (Arg)) ($240,000 RNA Ylg’16 TATOCT) (Bred in GB by E.I. Mack) (Michael Burns)
VANZZY winning the $106,000 Jersey Derby on July 26, 2020 at Monmouth. (Winner by Verrazano, out of Selva, by Forest Wildcat, 2nd dam Bayou Mist by Silver Deputy, 3rd dam Pecan Bayou by Gone West) ($7,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP; $70,000 2yo’19 EASMAY) (Bred in KY by Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds) (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
SUNLIT SONG winning the $75,000 Highlander Training Center Assault Stakes on July 26, 2020 at Lone Star. (Winner by My Golden Song, out of Fly So True, by Early Flyer) (Bred in TX by Carolyn R. Barnett) (Dustin Orona)
BRAVE DAISEY winning the $75,000 Valor Farm Stakes on July 26, 2020 at Lone Star. (Winner by Hidden Blessing, out of Brave Vixen, by Formal Gold) (Bred in TX by Peter Barga) (Olivia Friesen/Thequineathlete)
ABSOLUTE AIDEN winning the $50,000 Good Lord Stakes on July 26, 2020 at Ellis. (Winner by Stay Thirsty, out of Quiet City, by Carson City) ($52,000 Wlg’16 KEENOV; $100,000 Ylg’17 KEESEP; $120,000 2yo’18 OBSAPR) (Bred in KY by John H. Clarke and Kimberly K. and Rodney H. Nardelli) (Coady)

Day One: CLN Live Meet

GUILLAUME WINS FIRST START IN $40,000 HANSEL STAKES 

(NEW KENT, VA — 7/28/2020) —- Guillaume rallied on the outside and overtook Merchant of Hope in the final strides of the $40,000 Hansel Stakes for Virginia Certified 2-year-olds on the Tuesday night opening night card at Colonial Downs. The son of Hard Spun is owned by DARRS Inc., trained by Mike Stidham and was ridden by Trevor McCarthy, the same owner-trainer-jockey combination who were leaders at the 2019 Colonial meeting. 

The victory was third of four on the night for McCarthy and second for Stidham. “When we saw that his race was for Virginia-certified horses, it got on our radar,” said Stidham. “He was impressive at this distance but we’ll be looking to go longer in his next start.”  

Named after a famous Canadian ballet dancer, Guillaume’s performance impressed owner David Ross.  “Mike did a great job getting the horse ready and Trevor did a phenomenal job getting out in the lane and just getting him to the wire in time. The horse was moving forwardly at the finish. He’s an exciting horse to watch.”  

Guillaume was making his career debut in the Hansel and banked $24,000 for the half-length victory. He covered the 5 ½ furlongs over a fast track in 1:04.38 and paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.10. The winner was broken at the Middleburg Training Center by Ballyerin Racing’s Madison Meyers and Kieran Norris. The Center recently underwent a multi-million-dollar upgrade.  

Merchant of Hope set the pace in the five-horse field through fractions of 22.85 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.11 seconds for a half-mile and a five-furlong split of 58.06 seconds. The son of Bayern paid $4.00 and $2.40.  

It was another 1 ¾ lengths back to third-place finisher and post-time favorite Sky’s Not Falling who returned $2.10 to show. Natural Attraction and Dare to Promise completed the order of finish. 

Earlier in the card, Wesley Ward’s Amsden went gate-to-wire in a $40,000 five-furlong maiden turf race for two-year-olds. The American Pharoah colt won by three lengths. Last year, Ward connected in a Colonial turf sprint with another two-year-old, Four Wheel Drive, who captured the Rosie’s Stakes and went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.   

Colonial Downs’ summer meeting continues racing through September 2 on a Monday through Wednesday basis with a first post of 5:30 EDT. A special Sunday program has been added August 2 to make up for the cancellation of Monday’s scheduled card.