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PHOTO GALLERY FROM COMMONWEALTH TURF CUP

All photos by Coady Photography.

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John Tucker’s Boltin’ Out winning the 14th running of the $50,000 Punch Line Stakes. (Coady Photography)

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Boltin’ Out’s winning connections. Congratulations to Anne and John Tucker.  (Coady Photography)

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Winning trainer Stephanie Nixon celebrates! (Coady Photography)

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Long On Value wins the 7th running of the $50,000 Jamestown Stakes. (Coady Photography)

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Dr. Jens von Lepel, general manager of Audley Farm (l), and Long On Value’s connections. (Coady Photography)

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Lion Down By Me wins the 15th running of the $50,000 Oakley Stakes. (Coady Photography)

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Happy winners, and lots of ’em! (Coady Photography)

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LADY OLIVIA wins the 17th running of the Brookmeade Stakes for her namesake. (Coady Photography)

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Frank Shipp, the manager of Lazy Lane Farm, owner David Dobson, Sheldon Russell and trainer Carla Morgan. Lazy Lane Farm currently occupies what used to be know as Brookmeade when it was owned by Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloan who bred Belmont Stakes winner Sword Dancer, among others, at the Upperville nursery. (Coady Photobraphy)

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Audely-bred Dannhauser wins the $50,000 Bert Allen Stakes. (Coady Photography)

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Ferris Allen (center – old guy in the Hawaiian shirt!), some family and friends along with the Dannhauser’s winning connections. (Coady Photography)

DANNHAUSER WINS $50,000 BERT ALLEN, JOCKEY RUSSEL WINS THREE STAKES

DANNHAUSER WINNING THE LAUREL TURF CUP LAST OCTOBER (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

DANNHAUSER WINNING THE LAUREL TURF CUP LAST OCTOBER (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

(Daily Racing Form) By Joe DeVivo:  Jockey Sheldon Russell completed a three-stakes win night on the Commonwealth Turf Festival card at Colonial Downs when he guided favored Dannhauser to a two-length score in the Bert Allen Stakes.

All five stakes were worth $50,000 and restricted to Virginia-breds.

The 5-year-old Dannhauser ($3.80) was making his first start since October, but is extremely fond of Colonial’s turf course, where he is 3 for 4. Dannhauser, trained by Kathleen O’Connell, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.75.

Russell also rode last-out maiden winner Lady Olivia ($30) to a neck victory over Leda’s Swan in the 1 1/16-mile Brookmeade for fillies and mares and Long On Value ($7.80), the lone 2-year-old with a previous victory, to a 2 1/2-length triumph in the 5 ½-furlong Jamestown.

In the other stakes:

Lion Down by Me ($7.60), ridden by Xavier Perez, won for the third time in five starts at Colonial by beating Heaven Knows What by three-quarters of a length in the Oakley for fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs.

Boltin’ Out ($3.40) rolled to his third straight win of the meet, leading wire to wire under Richard Monterrey to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths in the five-furlong Punch Line.

Come back later for MORE COVERAGE of the Commonwealth Turf Festival.

Full charts from CLN July 6th, click here.

FIELDS SET FOR $250,000 COMMONWEALTH TURF FESTIVAL AT CLN SATURDAY

DANNHAUSER (Coady Photography)

DANNHAUSER (Coady Photography)

(CLN PRESS RELEASE – 7/3/13) – Entries were drawn Wednesday for the third annual $250,000 Commonwealth Turf Festival, a series of five $50,000 Virginia-bred stakes races scheduled to be run as races 6 thru 10 this coming Saturday July 6th at Colonial Downs.

The Jamestown Stakes for 2 year olds kicks off the quintet. Long On Value, one of three horses entered that has a start under his belt, is the only one with a win. The Value Plus colt captured a maiden special weight race at Delaware Park June 10th over a wet dirt track. Sheldon Russell will be in the irons Saturday and will face a field of eight other freshmen in the 5 ½ furlong sprint.

Classy Zip, Miss Oil and Lion Down By Me bring three digit turf bankrolls into the twelve horse Oakley Stakes for fillies and mares. The consistent Classy Zip, trained by Hugh McMahon, has 13 “in the money” finishes from 17 life starts while Miss Oil, third in the 2012 Oakley, has 9 “top three” finishes in 12 outings at the New Kent oval. Lion Down By Me, fresh off a two length allowance win at Colonial June 16th, has finished first or second in all four of her Virginia starts.

The second and third place finishers in the 2012 Brookemeade Stakes have a rematch slated for that stakes’ 17th running Saturday. Kelly Green’s In The Rough, last year’s runner up who is set to depart from outside post 11, will face Cobbley’s Breeze, a 7 year old mare from the Karen Dennehy Godsey stable who will leave from post two. In the Rough, with the most turf earnings ($291,190) of any in filly or mare in the field, is fresh off an allowance win at Delaware June 13th. Cobbley’s Breeze on the other hand, makes her first in nearly a year.

The Bert Allen Stakes features six horses that battled in the 2012 Daniel Van Clief Stakes, including the top three finishers. Kathleen O’Connell’s Dannhauser came from last at the half a year ago to win the stakes by three-quarters of a length. The 5 year Johannesburg horse will be making his first start of the year. Powder Mountain, who came on strong in the stretch to take second last year, was fifth most recently in Colonial’s Da Hoss Stakes on June 22nd. Chris Crocker’s Chedi, who took third a year ago, will depart from the rail with jockey Garry Cruise up top. Other Van Clief Virginia-breds competing in the Allen stakes are Virginia Cavalier, Silver Tie Affair and Class Bopper.

The 14th running of the Punch Line Stakes rounds out the Virginia-bred offerings and even though it has the smallest field of the five, it features a trio of interesting candidates. Boltin Out has won back to back turf allowance starts at Colonial this meet and jockey Richard Monterrey goes for the hat trick up top from post position six. Deputy Fling, who has been stellar in six News Kent starts, won the 2011 Bet Allen Stakes and gets leading rider Horacio Karamanos. Jake Rattle N Roll lost the 2012 Punch Line by a neck to Staged Affair and rider Forest Boyce returns to the irons for the 8 year old Bop gelding. Bop won the Punch Line three straight years, from 2001-2003.

First post Saturday is 6 PM. There will be a free handicapping seminar from 4:30 – 5:30 PM on the first floor area featuring Chris Sorenson from Horse Racing Nation and Bobby Zen, author of several books on handicapping. The seminar will focus primarily on the five Virginia-bred stakes.


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