Overall a good day.  Couple of blips on the radar but Howe Great ran his usual good race to win the Jersey Derby.  He loves to get that foothold on the last turn and propel himself up the stretch!  Fun to watch.  Congratulations to Team Valor International, owners and breeders.  Nice to see a Japanese stallion have a good horse in the US as so many times it’s the other way around.

Lucky Chappy.  You gotta love the little dude!  He’s been off since March as he ran in Dubai and was given plenty of time to get over the trip, but his batteries were recharged and he ran down Silver Max to a length in the Virginia Derby (Grade II).  Silver Max is a multiple Graded Stakes winner who was winning his seventh race.  Thankfully Alan Garcia made it to the race as the helicopter he and a couple of others trainers and jockeys were travelling in apparently got delayed in stormy weather.  Alan really likes Chappy and knows him so well.

Ski Holiday also ran a good race to finish third in the Virginia Oaks.  Julian Pimentel substituted for Alan Garcia who hadn’t made it to the track yet but it was nice to see her get some black type in the Grade III.  She’s very lightly raced (two previous races) and in fact has only won a maiden so this was a big jump up her for.

Shetan won his second race for us, this time at Presque Isle Downs.  He tracked the leader and drew away under mild urging and seemed to dominate his field up there.  Congratulations to Henry Elser, owner and breeder.

Can’t forget Once And For All who snaked his way through traffic, well ridden by Sheldon Russell, to win his five and a half furlong sprint on the yielding turf.  Well done to Jack Swain, also owner and breeder.  Once And For All is out of his lovely mare Charlotte Augusta who is now the Mother of seven winners.{jcomments on}

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