Flying Elvis Stable’s Vincent Van Gogo, with Gerard Galligan aboard, unleashed a steady rally on the far turn and collared leader Decisive triumph to score by a neck in Monday’s $20,000 handicap for horses rated at 110 or lower.
The Neil Morris-trainee is now a three-time 2021 winner (in six starts both over hurdles and on the flat), and those victories have come in succession. His first was in a maiden claimer at Tryon, followed by a win on the flat at Colonial on July 21.
The six-year-old son of Paynter has now amassed more than $123,000 in his career.
A maiden no more.
The International Venture’s Howya Tuppence took the $30,000 MSW opener at Colonial Downs on Monday for jockey Richard Condon and trainer Keri Brion.
Richie Condon earned his first NSA win. The Irish rider had been knocking at the door with three second-place finishes — including the place spot with Baltimore Bucko in last week’s G1 Jonathan Sheppard Stakes at Saratoga — and finally broke through aboard Howya Tuppence in the maiden hurdle. Condon began riding on the NSA circuit in late June, at the Iroquois Races.
Like Condon, Howya Tuppence has European connections. His ownership group, The International Venture, consists of 30 people from Ireland, France, England, Canada, and the U.S.