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ROBIN RICHARDS WINS THE RACING BIZ’S VA DERBY TRIVIA SWEEPSTAKES

Former Virginia HBPA president and current National HBPA president Robin Richards of Boyce was one of three winners of TheRacingBiz.com’s Virginia Derby Trivia Sweepstakes.

Bob McGarry of Louisville, KY and Michael Harris of St. Davids, PA were also winners who (we presume) split the $300 prize.

Oh, and the answers…

1. Which Virginia Derby winner holds the stakes records for both the fastest winning time and the longest winning odds?  That’d be Red Giant.

2. Which Virginia Derby winner collected the highest career earnings on the track?  Gio Ponti, who earned more than $6 million, is the big winner.

3. Which Virginia Derby winner recorded the most career victories?  Silver Tree won 14 times to lead all Virginia Derby champs.

4. And of course, the winner of the 2013 Virginia Derby was War Dancer.

(Editor’s Note: VHN.com got all the answers right, but we foolishly only entered once and subsequently went down in flames with the favorite. Congrats to Robin.)

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THE RACING BIZ: VA DERBY CONTENDERS LOOK TO THE FUTURE

BizJuly162013Original post by Nick Hahn on Jul 15, 2013 in BreakingTop StoriesVirginiaVirginia Racing

by Nick Hahn

The third time at Colonial Downs was the charm in the Virginia Derby for Ken McPeek, the trainer of winning three-year old colt War Dancer. As the sun set on Saturday night, McPeek stood in the winner’s circle, answering questions on the triumph and touting the Horse Races Now mobile application he developed. McPeek had brought his talented three-year old Prince Arch to Colonial Downs in 2004 only to find Artie Schiller and Kitten’s Joy in the field and run third. In 2008, he brought Old Man Buck and only beat one horse.

This time it was different.

To read the retst of Nick’s post, click here.

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PA-BRED NELLIE CASHMAN UPSETS $150,000 VIRGINIA OAKS

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BRISNETEquibase ChartVirginia Oaks Video – Sycamore Racing LLC’s Nellie Cashman just broke her maiden on June 21 at Penn National, and logically was sent off the 19-1 third longest shot on the board for Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs. Someone must have forgotten to tell the Mineshaft filly, because she went on to run like a favorite in recording her first victory against winners by a half-length.

Forest Bryce settled the Francis Abbot III trainee in a stalking position just off the flank of pacesetter and 5-2 second favorite Three Hearts as that sophomore filly set pedestrian splits of :25 4/5, :52 1/5, 1:16 4/5 and 1:40 3/5.

Nellie Cashman was worth $41.60, $17.40 and $7.60 for earning her first stakes win.

The dark bay miss had tried stakes company one other time, running a well-beaten 10th in the Blue Mountain in her second career start last November, and improved her resume to read 8-2-3-1, $140,770, with the Virginia Oaks score.llie Bashman moved up to challenge rounding the turn, and the pair proceeded to battle it out in the lane with the eventual winner stopping the clock in 1:52 4/5 for nine furlongs on the good turf.

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Praia, the 2-1 favorite, came with a furious rally to nip Three Hearts by a nose on the wire for second. It was another length back to Hedonemewrongsong, while Cat’s Holiday, Tanzspiel, Always Kitten, Really Right and Bella Nicole rounded out the order underite

the line. Blossom’s Trail and Hold Our Destiny were both withdrawn.

Bred in Pennsylvania by Nelson E Clemmens, Nellie Cashman sold for $57,000 as a Keeneland November weanling before RNAing for $70,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the multiple stakes-winning Alison’s Winner (Pine Bluff), making her a half-sister to dual stakes-placed Sense of Pride.

Alison’s Winner is herself a daughter of multiple stakes queen Sister Explodent, and this is the same female line as Group 1 victress Fairy Heights..

To learn more about Nellie Cashman the person, click here.

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THERACINGBIZ.COM: NICK’S PICKS FOR CLN JULY 11, 2013 AND MORE

NICK’S PICKS

RACE 1

6 CHERRY ROAD DIRT ALERT: Nobody wants to go to the lead here on the CNL dirt? First one in the turn may win.

5 FALL COLORS

8 STABLEMATE

RACE 2 

8 R.B FLOAT Testerman’s horse runs well at Colonial, this summer and last.  Hound sired by ’97 Va Derby ace.

6 STANDING O

1 HOUND

To see more on Va-Derby and Nick’s picks for today at CLN via TheRacingBiz.com, click here.

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THERACINGBIZ.COM: EARLY DERBY ARRIVALS AND NICK’S PICKS

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by Nick Hahn/TheRacingBiz

Here’s a handicapping angle you can’t find in the program.  How long has a horse been on the grounds prior to the race?  In the Virginia Derby, recent history suggests early arrivals get a jump on the field.  Last year Silver Max arrived on Wednesday evening prior to the contest.  Paddy O’Prado ruled the stakes barn in his early week arrival in 2010.  In fact, both Paddy O’Prado and Battle of Hastings (2009) arrived early in the week for both sides of their sweeps of the Colonial Turf Cup and Virginia Derby.  On the contrary, in 2011, Air Support arrived, ran, won and departed in a 36-hour stopover when he nosed Banned at the wire. Banned was on the grounds for 5 days and went off the favorite, missing victory in the last stride.  Still, though it may not mean as much in the Colonial Turf Cup where only older horses are involved, for 3 year old colts, it appears to be a useful angle…

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