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(VTA) Triple Crown season is officially here! Out of 413 3-year-olds nominated to the 2014 Triple Crown series during the early nomination period, 13 were Virginia-breds. This is particularly impressive given the size of the 2011 Virginia foal crop: 258 foals yielded 13 Triple Crown hopefuls.

According to the Blood Horse, that 413 number of early nominations represents an 11.9% increase from last year’s 369 early nominations and is the highest since 2008, when 449 horses were made eligible for the series during the early nomination phase.

To see the complete list of Virginia-breds, click here.

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The late Edward P. Evans (combined with his estate) is once again the leading breeder of Virginia-bred horses by earnings in 2013.  Audley Farm in Berryville, who wrestled the title from Evans last year, was second in 2013, followed by Lazy Lane Farm, Morgan’s Ford Farm and partners and Lady Olivia at North Cliff LLC and partners.

Breeders who produced Va-bred earners of $90,000+ are listed below:

Breeder, Starts, Wins, Seconds, Thirds, Total Earnings

Evans Edward P. and the Estate of Edward P. Evans, 519 starts, 80 wins, 70 seconds and 56 thirds, $2,919,659   

Audley Farm and Audley Farm Equine LLC, 232, 45, 28 and 36, $1,194,404

Lazy Lane Farms, LLC and Lazy Lane Farms Inc, 234, 35, 24 and 28, $1,140,710

Morgans Ford Farm and partners,191, 26, 17 and 26, $900,687

Lady Olivia at North Cliff, LLC and partners,143, 20, 18 and 21, $560,079

Firestone Bertram R. Mr. & Mrs., 86, 15, 10 and 9, $283,346

Johnson R. Larry and Legacy Farm, 107,15, 12 and 14, $468,958

William M. Backer and William M. Backer Revocable Trust,114,19,15 and 14, $370,651

Hickory Tree Farm LLC and Hickory Tree Equine, 62, 9, 5 and 8, $239,646

Mr. & Mrs. C.W. McNeely III, 26,1, 7 and 2, $236,917

Hart Farm and Partners, 71, 9, 8 and 8, $216,507

Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III, 113, 12,12 and 12, $212,319

Cox Mr. & Mrs. Sidney B. Cox, Jr., Nellie Mae Cox and Rose Retreat Farm, 32, 7, 2 and 5, $206,702

Chance Farm, 47, 7, 7 and 4, $193,914

Richards Althea D. Richards and partners, 61, 10, 10 and 7, $193,347

Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud, LLC, 89, 4, 13 and 14, $156,496

Moore, Carlos S. E.  & Gillian Gordon-Moore, Corner Farm & Partners, 50, 5, 6 and 5, $147,213

Carter James Sumter and partners, 75, 8, 15 and 6, $142,858

English Dr. Sam E. English II, 47, 5, 10 and 8, $139,828

Tucker Anne N. and R.M. Bouse, 27, 4, 5 and 3, $133,723

Ritzenberg Grace E. Ritzenberg, 19, 6, 2 and 1, $118,040

Nicewonder Beverly Carolyn Nicewonder. 20, 3, 4 and 2, $99,443

Susan S. Cooney, 17, 2, 1 and 1, $96,921

Hayes Donna M., 95, 5, 6 and 6, $91,217

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Favored Blueskiesnrainbows was sent from the gate and dictated the pace throughout to take Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths under Martin Pedroza, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.17.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, 5-year-old Blueskiesnrainbows came off a similar gate to wire win going 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap and has now won three stakes from his last five starts, all in partnership with Pedroza.

“Everybody seems to think that he has to have the lead, but he doesn’t necessarily,” said Pedroza. “He’s not really quick from the gate, so you have to send him to get position. Once you get him going though, he’s okay.

“The reason we send him is because of that…It worked out well and I got the lead all to myself today. He galloped out strong, I had to fight him to pull him up.”

The 2-1 favorite in a field of seven, Blueskiesnrainbows paid $6.20, $4.20 and $2.80.

Owned by Kelly Mitchell’s Bad Boy Racing and Stanley Whisenant’s Whizway Farms, Blueskiesnrainbows picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing his bankroll

Blueskiesnrainbows set fractions of 23.88, 47.91, 1:12.20 and 1:36.75.

Bred in Virginia by Edward P. Evans, Blueskiesnrainbows improved his resume to 23-7-3-3, $669,552. He’s more than earned back his purchase price of $33,000 as a Keeneland September yearling.

The five-year-old chestnut is out of the Deputy Minister mare Cho Cho San and counts as a half-sister stakes heroine Cho Cho Cat. Blueskiesnrainbows’ second dam is multiple Grade 2 queen Dance Colony, who placed in a pair of Grade 1 contests while on track and also produced Grade 2 runner-up Big Prairie and multiple Grade 3-placed Gold Colony.

Dance Colony is herself a half-sibling to Grade 1-winning sire Another Review as well as Grade 1 victress and black-type producer No Review. She is a full sister to the dam of Grade 2 heroine Promenade Girl and stakes vixen Dattts Awesome.

Others of note in this female family include multiple Group 1-scoring sire Lyphard, multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Urbane and Grade/Group 1 queen Nobiliary.

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Statistics from the Jockey Club includes domestic and foreign racign with Canadian earnings converted to U.S. dollars – January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

  1. Swagger Jack 08, Dk B H, by Smart Strike, out of Lyrical Prayer, bred by Edward P. Evans – $367,850
  2. Bond Holder 11 B C, by Mineshaft, out of Cielo Girl, bred by Lazy Lane Farms, LLC – $366,000
  3. Blueskiesnrainbows 09 CH H, by English Channel, out of Cho Cho San, bred by Edward P. Evans – $322,270
  4. Tiz Tremendous 10 B F, by Tiz Wonderful, out of Proof Positive, bred by Morgans Ford Farm – $266,293
  5. Go Blue Or Go Home 09 B G, by Bluegrass Cat, out of Go Baby Go (IRE), bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm & Winstar Farm LLC –  $229,242
  6. Code West 10 DK B/ R, by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Charitabledonation, bred by Edward P. Evans – $224,076
  7. Centrique 09 B M, by Malibu Moon, out of Penny Marie, bred by Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. – $166,430
  8. Service For Ten 09 DK B/ G, by Service Stripe, out of Tenacious Cheryl, bred by Mr. & Mrs. Sidney B. Cox Jr. – $158,150
  9. Mail 10 B C, by Medaglia d’Oro, out of Tap Dance 1998, bred by Edward P. Evans – $146,166
  10. Vinny Goodtimes 10 DK B/ G, by Stormy Atlantic, out of Eclectic Mix (GB), bred by Hickory Tree Farm LLC – $132,583
  11. Aster Coirnith 09 B H, by Corinthian, out of Menifeeque, bred by Mr. & Mrs. C.W. McNeely III – $131,790


    BOND HOLDER (Benoit Photo)

  12. Hard Enough 10 CH C, by Hard Spun, out of Grecian Wings, bred by R. Larry Johnson – $130,840
  13. Moro Tap 10 GR/RO C, by Tapit , out of Ghost Dancing, bred by Edward P. Evans – $120,257
  14. Pass the Tap 10 CH G, by Pleasant Tap, out of Lyrical Prayer, bred by Edward P. Evans – $113,007
  15. Wardelle 06 B M, by Toccet, out ofToe in the Water, bred by Audley Farm Inc. – $110,010
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Virginia-bred Noble Moon, making his first start around two turns, sat off just the early pace, took the lead on the backstretch, and repelled multiple bids en route to a two-length victory over Classic Giacnroll in the 144th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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After racing in second early behind long shot Pin and Win through an opening quarter in 24.07 seconds, Noble Moon claimed the top spot while racing under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.’s tight hold with 4 ½ furlongs remaining after the early pacesetter gave way.

Pressed by Master Lightning and Classic Giacnroll through a half in 48.34 and three quarters in 1:13.50, Noble Moon began to assert himself when put to a drive by Ortiz turning for home, with Classic Giacnroll chasing in vain in the stretch and Master Lightning dropping out of contention.

“He broke a little slowly, but then he put me in the race,” said Irad Ortiz, whose brother, Jose, won the $100,000 Busanda with Fierce Boots two races earlier. “He’s got a big, long stride. I asked him at the quarter-pole and he picked it right up.”

Noble Moon completed one mile and 70 yards over the inner track in 1:45.08 and returned $3.60 for a $2 win wager as the 4-5 favorite. He has now won two of three starts, with the $120,000 winner’s share of the Jerome purse lifting his earnings to $193,000. He earned 10 points toward a potential start in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

“I told [jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.], ‘If he gets out and gets a clear lead and can do it easily, great. If somebody else wants it, let them have it and get outside,'” said Leah Gyarmati, who trains Noble Moon for Treadway Racing. “And then, all of a sudden, there was a second wave of horses on him. I just kept thinking back to his maiden win when I thought that he might get a little leg weary, but he didn’t want to let anybody by him.”

In his debut, Noble Moon won a six-furlong Belmont Park maiden race gate-to-wire from the rail by three-quarters of a length on September 14. He rallied from 12th and last when finishing third in the Grade 2, one-mile Nashua on November 3 on the main track at Aqueduct and was scratched from the Grade 2 Remsen on November 30 at the Big A after having an allergic reaction the night before the race.

Noble Moon, by Malibu Moon, out of Mambo Bell by Kingmambo, has won two out of three starts and $193,000.

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Trainer Patrick McBurney got a lot more than he bargained for Saturday in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

McBurney was just hoping for the best in Virginia-bred Just Call Kenny’s stakes debut in the six urlong sprint for three-year-olds. McBurney’s belief in his lightly raced colt was justified by the fact that the $35,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling was the Grand Champion of the Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity in 2012.

Even backed by those credentials and an impressive maiden win at Monmouth last August, McBurney was not expecting what the lightly raced Jump Start colt and jockey Joe Bravo would give him.

“Our plan was to back off horses and pick up a little check here,” the New Jersey-based trainer said. “Joe said he really took off when he asked him.”

After lagging well behind his five rivals along the backstretch, Just Call Kenny, who was bred by Althea “Robin” Richards, kicked into high gear coming off the turn and surged through the stretch to prevail by 2 ¼ lengths in the race that wasn’t originally in McBurney’s plans.

“There was an allowance race scheduled for today, and we wanted to get a sprint allowance into him before stretching him out to a mile. When the allowance didn’t fill, the racing office said this race is here, and we went in,” McBurney said. “It worked out well.”

Plan B produced the son of Jump Start’s second win in three lifetime starts, including a debut victory at Monmouth in August and a troubled second in an allowance at Laurel in October.“Getting ready, he acted like he could really run, and he’s a huge colt on top of it for a 3-year-old,” his trainer said. “He had a huge turn of foot coming off the pace at Monmouth, which was a speed track also, so we had high hopes for him.”

Sent to post as the longest-priced longshot at 19-1, Just Call Kenny was rated in the back of the pace as Corfu, the 5-2 second choice ridden by Javier Castellano, showed the way, stalked by Hollywood Talent, along the backstretch and into the far turn. As Corfu began to fade leaving the turn into the homestretch, Hollywood Talent took the lead at the top of the stretch, but Bravo got Just Call Kenny rolling. The strapping 3-year-old split horses in mid-stretch and drew off to victory.

“This horse has really had a lot of talent all along. We always had high hopes for him, but if you look he’s a big playboy. Flashy horse, always had other things on his mind. Today, when he had those other horses run away from him he was like, ‘Hey, where are they going? Let me catch up.’ Man, you saw the move he did to catch up,” said Bravo.

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JUST CALL KENNY (Leslie Martin Photo)

Just Call Kenny ran the 6 furlongs in 1:10.58. C. Zee, ridden by Edgard Zayas, closed well to finish second, three lengths ahead of Hollywood Talent and jockey Joel Rosario. Trail Blaze, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano, finished fourth after being a brief factor on the final turn. Just Call Kenny earned $60,000 for the partnership of ABL Stable, Bossone, Cahill, Donnely and Phantom House Farm.

“No plans yet. We were thinking of going into a one-other-than allowance going a mile next time,” McBurney said. “Now we’ll have to come up with a new plan. John Forbes manages the partnership, so we’ll have to get together to see what there is for him.”

Just Call Kenny is out of the Green Dancer mare Green Jeans.

Equibase chart.

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Virginia-breds Aix En Provence (Jim Falk, Sr.) and Autumn Affair (Holy Ridge Farm) look to take on Virginian David A. Ross’s Florida-bred Joyous Music who has been installed the morning line 4-5 favorite in tonight’s $35,000 Mint Mission Handicap sprinting over 4.5 furlongs.

Jim Falk Sr.’s homebred Aix En Provence, ridden by Gustavo Larrosa and trained by Simon Hobson, comes into the race with 2 career win and $71,480 in career earnings. The five-year-old Rock Slide mare, out of Parisiana by Mutakddim, has two thirds and a second in her last three tries at the West Virginia Oval.  Although winless since breaking her maiden and winning an allowance a month apart in the late winter of 2012, Aix En Provence has logged six thirds and two seconds since then. Las out she was third beaten 1 ¾ lengths in a $27,000 allowance going 5.5 furlongs on the dirt.

Alice Overton’s Holly Ridge Farm LLC’s Autumn Affair, by Black Tie Affair (IRE), out of Gold Leaf by Slew o’ Gold, comes in the race at morning line odds of 12-1.  The six-year-old mare, ridden by Jesus Sanchez and trained by Timothy Collins, brings a hefty bankroll of $180,109 in the event.  Her resume includes six wins, seven second and five thirds in 39 lifetime start.

Last out, Autumn Affair was second in the $51,000 My Sister Pearl Stakes at Charles Town losing to Red Hot Diva by a neck.  That race was run over 9 furlongs and Autumn Affair was fourth in the $35,000 Ann Hilton Handicap run over 6.5 furlongs who starts prior to that one and was third in the $50,000 Sadie Hawkins Stakes back in August.

Virginian David A. Ross brings the early favorite into the race with 11 career victories and $248,396 in earnings.  The five-year-old Florida-bred will be ridden Jonathan Joyce for trainer Hugh I. McMahon.  She comes into the feature with a win in an allowance race at Timonium and two seconds at Delaware Park back in the summer.

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Hip #2658, Colt by U.S. Ranger, out of Hard as Nails, bred by Maria Becker, consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services – $15,000, Joe Gillis

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Hip #1928, Colt by Summer Bird, out of Hawaiian Love, by Not For Love, bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III, consigned by Eaton Sales – $32,000, Michelle Redding

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