Virginia Oaks

English Bee’s Virginia Derby Triumph Erases Sting Of Previous Losses For Motion

English Bee, who races in the colors of Calumet Farm, stalked¬†a pedestrian pace before overtaking front-running Credit Swap in mid-stretch, and held off a late rally from Jais’s Solitude to win the Grade 3, $250,000 New Kent Virginia Derby by a head at Colonial Downs in Virginia. Jorge Vargas, Jr. was aboard the Graham Motion-trained […]

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Leading Stables Nominate To Virginia Derby, Oaks At Colonial Downs

Topped by horses from nationally prominent trainers like multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans, Graham Motion, Mike Maker, Dallas Stewart, Ian Wilkes and Joe Sharp, the return of the Grade 3, $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby attracted 47 3-year-olds. Its sister race, the listed $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks, boasts 34 sophomore fillies […]

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No Commonwealth Derby Or Oaks This Year, After Virginia Commission Vote

The Racing Biz reported this week that the Virginia Racing Commission approved a 2018 schedule of races for Virginia-breds which will not include the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby or Commonwealth Oaks (formerly known as the Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks) as officials await the return of racing to Colonial Downs. The races have taken place […]

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Nellie Cashman Scores Shocker in Virginia Oaks

Nellie Cashman held on for the wire to pay a hefty $41.60 to win the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs on Saturday evening under Forest Boyce. After facing off with Three Heart for much of the race, Boyce and Nellie Cashman managed to hold off a deep-closing Praia who just missed the win. […]

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Volcat comes out on top in Virginia Oaks

Volcat gutted out a win over Filare l’Oro in Saturday’s $150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. III) at Colonial Downs. Volcat broke second from the gate, took the lead at the top of the stretch and had clear sailing under jockey Robby Albarado to open with a clear lead, defeating rallying rival Filare l’Oro. Volcat finished the […]

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Excited wins thrilling Virginia Oaks

Making her move outside horses and surging ahead in the stretch, Excited got up to win the Virginia Oaks by a length over Summer Savory. Wyomia finished third, followed by Smart Sting in fourth. Excited, a 3-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway, is trained by Todd Pletcher for Michael Tabor and was ridden by John Velazquez. […]

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Blind Luck-Havre de Grace battle headlines distaff, juvenile weekend

The much-anticipated sixth showdown between Blind Luck and Havre de Grace in Saturday’s Delaware Handicap is the top draw on a weekend with plenty of races for fillies and mares and for juveniles. California invader Blind Luck arrived at Delaware Park late Wednesday to take on her rival, who has “home track advantage.”¬† Havre de […]

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Several early-season contenders for the Triple Crown races are showcased on both coasts in televised American Graded Stakes action this weekend. Saturday’s Grade 2 Virginia Derby, at a mile and a quarter on the Colonial Downs turf course offers Paddy O’Prado another opportunity to show his affinity for the green stuff. Third in the Kentucky […]

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