commonwealth derby

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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Just Howard Named Maryland-Bred Horse Of The Year, Champion 3-Year-Old, Turf Horse

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, winner of the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park as part of a four-race win streak over the summer of 2017, took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old male and champion turf horse. The announcements were made at the inaugural Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort […]

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Just Howard Keeps Win Streak Alive In Commonwealth Derby

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard won his fourth straight race and earned his first graded stakes victory Saturday by three-quarters of a length over Voodoo Song in the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3) at Laurel Park. Under jockey Feargal Lynch, who won four races, three of them stakes, on the ‘Class on the Grass’ program, Just Howard […]

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Deeply Undervalued Finishes Strongly in Commonwealth Derby

William Lawrence and Klaravich Stable’s Deeply Undervalued finished very strongly in Saturday’s G2 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park, winning by a length on the wire. The sophomore son of Kitten’s Joy, ridden by Manny Franco, covered nine furlongs on the firm turf in 1:46.63 for trainer Chad Brown. “It was a nice win,” Brown said […]

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Laurel Announces Additional $150k In Purses For Fall Meet

The Maryland Jockey Club announced today a $3.25 million fall stakes schedule featuring 32 stakes races (four graded) and five Super Saturdays with four or more stakes races. Highlights of the fall program at renovated Laurel Park, which will offer five additional stakes and $150,000 more in purses than 2015, include: ·       Commonwealth Day on […]

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One Go All Go Wires Commonwealth Derby At 35-1

Preston Stables and Prestonwood Racing’s One Go All Go made history Saturday at Laurel Park while posting a front-running victory at 35-1 odds in the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2). In the process of registering a length triumph over Fundamental, the 3-year-old son of Fairbanks became the first Virginia-bred to capture the 1 1/8-mile turf feature […]

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Force The Pass Looks To Recapture Winning Form In G2 Commonwealth Derby

Richard Santulli’s Force the Pass is on quest to reestablish himself as the premier 3-year-old turf horse in North America Saturday in the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2) at Laurel Park. The Grade 1 stakes winner topped a field of eight 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes that will be co-featured on a […]

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Trio Of Graded Turf Stakes From Colonial Downs To Be Run At Laurel In September

Three of four graded thoroughbred turf stakes that had been run in Virginia and were at risk of losing their graded status, will be held at Laurel Park on a back-to-back Saturdays this September. The trio will all be sponsored by the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA). The $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (Gr. II), known previously as […]

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