Colonial Downs’ steeplechase races continued to attract strong entries, with 10 entered for Saturday’s $30,000 maiden hurdle for fillies and mares and nine in the entry box for a $20,000 ratings handicap for horses ranked at 110 or lower. They will be the first and third races, with a 5 p.m. first post time. For
The Monday Report for Aug. 12, featuring Market Alley’s victory in Saratoga’s Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes and the return of jump racing to Colonial Downs, is available here. The web address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MR8-12-19w.pdf
Armata Stables’ Zanzi Win and Leipers Fork Steeplechasers’ Tomgarrow, new additions to American jump racing, will make their Stateside debuts on Wednesday in Saratoga Race Course’s $65,000 allowance hurdle.
First post time is 12:50 p.m. for the 2 1/16-mile race on the inner turf course.
Now trained by Ricky Hendriks, French-bred Zanzi Win arrives with a 125 rating and a maiden victory at England’s Plumpton Race Course in April. In his final overseas start, he finished second in a modest-level juvenile hurdle at Plumpton. Ross Geraghty will ride the four-year-old.
Thomas Garner, seeking his third win in the current Saratoga meet, will be aboard Tomgarrow for trainer Leslie Young. The five-year-old has only one sanctioned start, a maiden win at Tramore Race Course in Ireland in April.
Leading trainer Jack Fisher will saddle Whitman’s Poetry and Snap Decision. Whitman’s Poetry, owned by DASH Stable, finished second in a strong Iroquois Steeplechase allowance hurdle in May. In his July 21 start in a Saratoga allowance hurdle, the Tiznow eight-year-old clipped heels and lost jockey Michael Mitchell, who will be back in the saddle.
Steeplechase racing returned to Colonial Downs on a pleasantly warm Saturday early evening, and jockey Thomas Garner continued his red-hot summer with a 7 ¼-length victory in the Virginia track’s $25,000 ratings handicap with Sharon Sheppard’s Moorland.
In the middle of its opening week, the Richmond-area track drew a sizable crowd—at the rail, in the outdoor seating areas, and in the indoor gaming area featuring machine pari-mutuel wagering. The Saturday program had a festive air, and racing regulars rubbed shoulders with new fans both young and old.
Moorland gave the bettors a solid value at 8.90-to-1 in the field of 11 on Colonial’s Secretariat Turf Course. Trained by Leslie Young, Irish-bred Moorland was kept toward the back of the field as Oakwood Stable’s Kensington Court laid down the pace under Kieran Norris.
Keeping Kensington Court company toward the front end were Mark Buyck Jr.’s Aydoun and Pick Em, half of a 9-to-10 Woodslane Farm entry trained by Jack Fisher.
Colonial Downs awakes from its six-year slumber on Thursday evening, and two large fields of steeplechase horses will take to its Secretariat Turf Course on Saturday for a maiden hurdle and a wide-open ratings handicap. First post time is 5 p.m. for all racing programs at the Virginia track. The $30,000 maiden hurdle will have
Beverly R. Steinman’s homebred Market Alley found her best stride in Saratoga Race Course’s homestretch on Wednesday, overtook pacesetter Down Royal before the furlong pole, and rolled to a 3¼-length victory in the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes.
Shadowfax Farm’s Down Royal finished second, 11½ lengths clear of Steinman’s Bullet Star. Virginia Lazenby’s Our Frosty finished fourth, another 9¾ lengths back, and The Fields Stable’s Dawn Wall took fifth in the 2 1/16-mile stakes for fillies and mares.
Sent to the starting line at 9.40-to-1, Market Alley paid $20.80 to win after running the distance in 3:50.20 on firm turf. The five-year-old Flower Alley mare out of Skirmish, by War Chant, is trained by Doug Fout.
Bernie Dalton gunned Down Royal away from the start and quickly opened a five-length lead as the field passed the finish line for the first time. Closest to the five-year-old Alphabet Soup mare was owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s Wigwam Baby, favored at 1.35-to-1 after her score in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley Stakes on May 11.