West Virginia Derby (gr. III)
(gr. III , 9f ,)
Yankee Victor Berga , by Jade Hunter
BThomas-Lakin-Kintz, KY.; OZollars, Cathy and Bob; TSteven M. Asmussen
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Honor Grades Peacock Alley , by Fast Play
BRamon Rangel, KY.; OElisabeth H. Alexander; TTodd A. Pletcher
Tiger Ridge Sly Stylist , by Sovereign Dancer
BMrs. Helen M. Napolitano, FL.; OBradley R. Cook; TWilliam W. Perry
Margins: 1¼, 2¼, ½. Others: Shamoan (IRE) 115($37,500) , Dover Dere 116($18,750) , Diamond Isle 114($11,250) , Pinpoint 113($3,750) , Golden Man 114($3,750) , Devilment 114 , Bernie Blue 111 , Ablo 117 . Winning Jockey, Mark Guidry.
Cathy and Bob Zollars’ consistent Real Dandy surged to a 11/4-length win over 10 rivals in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort Aug. 14.
Second in both the Risen Star (gr. III) and Round Table Stakes, and with third-place efforts in the Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) and Northern Dancer Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) to his credit, the Yankee Victor colt had been knocking on the door of a stakes win all season.
Real Dandy was bred in Kentucky by the partnership of Becky Thomas, Lewis Lakin, and James Kintz. Thomas, a successful bloodstock agent and pinhooker, is partnered with Lakin and his wife Brenda in the Lakland Farm operations in both Kentucky (near Versailles), and New York (near Hudson).
Kintz, a Florida developer, has been an associate of Thomas since she began expanding her sales and training operation into broodmare ownership.
Lakland, as agent, consigned Real Dandy to the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale where his current owners purchased him for $75,000.
Real Dandy is out of the winning Jade Hunter mare Berga, an Allen E. Paulson homebred who won five times on both surfaces and earned $76,129. Paulson’s living trust, with Narvick International, agent, consigned Berga, in foal to Theatrical, to the 2000 Keeneland November mixed sale where Lakland Farm bought her for $95,000.
Berga is out of the winning, stakes-placed Tyrant mare Cruella, who also produced Berga’s stakes-winning full siblings Diazo, winner of the 1994 Strub Stakes and 1993 Pegasus Handicap (both gr. I) en route to earnings of $581,400 and a career at stud; and Mort, winner of the 2000 Fall Handicap at Mountaineer and nine other races and earnings of $197,460.
“She’s a typical Jade Hunter-type mare,” said Thomas of Berga, who is kept at the Kentucky farm. “She’s not too big but she throws a stretchier-type horse.”
Thomas has Berga’s Siphon yearling filly at her Ocala training facility and said with Real Dandy’s recent success, Berga’s 2005 Yonaguska colt may be headed for the 2006 yearling auction market. Berga is in foal to Strong Hope on a March 19 cover.
Yankee Victor, sire of two stakes winners, is also represented in 2005 added-money winner Swede. A 9-year-old son of Saint Ballado, Yankee Victor stood the 2005 season at Brereton C. Jones’ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., for a $15,000 fee.—P.V.S.