Vielsam (center) just misses in Gallorette Handicap

Vielsam (center) just misses in Gallorette Handicap

Maryland Jockey Club

VA, MD State-Bred Stakes Top Pimlico Card

Grade III-placed Vielsalm among those entered in June 25 All Brandy Stakes.

Horses bred in Maryland and Virginia will be in the spotlight June 25 at Pimlico Race Course as part of a new venture between racing and breeding interests in the two states.

Maryland-breds will be featured in two $75,000 stakes, both at 1 1/8 miles on the turf—the All Brandy for fillies and mares and the Find for 3-year-olds and up. There are three $60,000 stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired runners: The Edward P. Evans for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, the White Oak Farm for 3-year-olds and up at five furlongs on turf, and the Nellie Mae Cox for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Since Colonial Downs closed, Virginia-bred stakes have been run at Laurel Park in September. That will continue; the June 25 events are new additions to the calendar.

The All Brandy attracted Brooke Bowman's Vielsalm, a 6-year-old Fairbanks mare who was a head short of winning the Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 76-1 May 21 at Pimlico, as well as Sagamore Farm's Ginger N Rye and Charles Reed's Monster Sleeping, seventh and 11th, respectively, in the Gallorette.

The stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired horses attracted 31 entrants, including Lael Stables Exaggerated, a 4-year-old Blame  filly who won the Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland in April and finished third behind top turf-sprint filly Lady Shipman in The Very One Stakes May 21 at Pimlico.