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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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Rymska Flies Late To Win Commonwealth Oaks

Jockey Feargal Lynch rode his third winner on Saturday’s card when guiding Sheep Pond Partners, Alain Jathiere, Tom Coleman and Norton Herrick’s Rymska to victory in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks. The sophomore daughter of Le Havre settled well off the early pace as the 2-1 favorite, then came flying down the center of the […]

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My Impression Leaves A Big One In Commonwealth Oaks

Stuart S. Janney III’s homebred My Impression left a big impression on Laurel Park racegoers Saturday afternoon, exploding up the rail in the stretch to win the G3 Commonwealth Oaks by 3 1/4 lengths. The sophomore daughter of Sky Mesa, ridden by Jose Ortiz, covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:46.57 for trainer […]

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Onus Makes The Grade In Commonwealth Oaks

Stuart Janney III’s Onus owned the Laurel Park turf course for the third straight race Saturday while establishing herself as a graded-stakes winner in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3). Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, Onus rated nicely just off the pace before roaring to the lead and rolling to a 4 1/2-length victory […]

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Promising Filly Onus Set For Stakes Debut In G3 Commonwealth Oaks

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey will try to build on recent successes at Laurel Park Saturday when he will be represented by Stuart Janney III’s Onus in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3). McGaughey, who took down the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup (G2) with Mr Speaker last weekend, will send Onus from Fair Hill Training Center […]

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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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