SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The recent COVID-related cancellation of the remainder of the Colonial Downs meet in Virginia is a stark reminder of how racing — and so much else these days — is hanging on by a delicate thread. When NYRA gave the National Steeplechase Association the go-ahead to race at the Spa this
Colonial Downs announced on Friday evening the cancelation of the remainder of its 2020 meeting due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The meet originally canceled the races on Tuesday and Wednesday after jockey Trevor McCarthy tested positive for COVID-19. “As a result of recent test results at the track in New Kent County, and in an
It’s only fitting that jockey Tom Garner, who became a real-life hero last week, would be rewarded with a longshot victory on the track in Wednesday’s $48,000 steeplechase allowance at the Spa. Riding 13-1 Court Ruler for Leipers Fork Steeplechasers and trainer Leslie Young, Garner rallied his mount through the stretch to overtake Rosbrian Farm’s
Few things are exciting as graduates from the maiden special weight ranks because you never know the extent of their potential. And when those wins come after only a couple of tries, it’s tough not to dream big. Two of the three hurdle races at Colonial Downs on Aug. 10 showcased lightly raced winners. In
Colonial Downs racetrack, in New Kent, Virginia hosted the first steeplechase races on their 2020 schedule, with three jump races opening up the program at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 2. The maiden hurdle race was split into two divisions with Irv Naylor’s A Silent Player taking the opener and Allison Fullmer’s The Happy Giant
Jockey Michael Mitchell hit the accelerator after the next-to-last fence of Saratoga Race Course’s $48,000 allowance hurdle, and Robert V. LaPenta’s Fast Car zoomed away to a comfortable 6½-length victory on Wednesday.
Trained by Jack Fisher, who has won all three of Saratoga’s jump races so far this summer, Fast Car put away Sherry Fenwick’s pacesetter Anticipating early in the stretch, opened two lengths at the furlong pole, continued to draw away from the field, and was allowed to gallop home through the final 20 yards.
Global Freedom, last year’s three-year-old champion and the stronger half of a favored Rosbrian Farm entry, finished well to grab the place spot, three-quarters of a length ahead of Anticipating. Petticoats Loose Farm’s Gaye Breeze finished fourth, 3½ lengths farther back.
A maiden winner at the Virginia Gold Cup meet on June 27, Fast Car went off as the 4.30-to-1 second betting choice and paid $10.60 to win after running the entry-level allowance hurdle’s 2 1/16 miles in 3:49.41 on firm turf.
For the first mile and a half, Mitchell and the racy-looking Fast Car had the entire field in their view as they galloped at the back of the eight-horse field.