A full field of 12 appears possible for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, according to the track's racing office.
Regulators and track executives in West Virginia hope to have about 50% of the starters in two upcoming graded stakes tested out of competition as part of a launch of the program in the state.
The West Virginia Racing Commission plans to launch its out-of-competition program in conjunction with the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
A total of 94 horses (including also-eligibles) have been entered for the nine-race card, which features a first-race post time of 7 p.m.
Interview with trainer Doug Watson on March 21, 2016. Doug discusses Candy Boy, Cool Cowboy, One Man Band (IRE), Faulkner (GB), Basateen (IRE), Polar River, and Meadow Creek (GB). watch video
Interview with trainer Doug Watson on March 21, 2016. Doug discusses Candy Boy, Cool Cowboy, One Man Band (IRE), Faulkner (GB), Basateen (IRE), Polar River, and Meadow Creek (GB). Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
A new partnership called Darby Dan Farm Racing resurrected the famous Darby Dan silks for a colt named Manitoulin, a son of Soaring Softly, who finished fifth in his maiden special weight debut Nov. 22.
Darby Dan Farm's schedule of 2016 fees is unchanged from 2015 apart from new additions Tapiture ($7,500) and Sky Kingdom ($5,000).
In the early morning hours, Asmussen worked Untapable, Tapiture, Holy Boss, and Nickname for their respective Breeders' Cup races.
Untapable was a dominating winner of the 2014 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) but has underwhelmed thus far this season. She gets a chance at redemption when she goes for a Distaff repeat Oct. 30.
Of the top six finishers from last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), only fifth-place finisher Tonalist is among the pre-entries in this year's edition Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
A pair of Winchell Thoroughbreds' leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup were on the track at Keeneland early Oct. 18, with Untapable breezing five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and Tapiture getting the same distance in 1:00 3/5.
Tapiture and Holy Boss, two Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls trained by Steve Asmussen, breezed at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 11.
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Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture returned to winning form Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs, gamely holding off favored Viva Majorca to win the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
Still looking to find his stride in 2015, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture will dial back to try a one-turn turn mile in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.
Tapiture, Winchell Thoroughbreds' multiple grade II-winning son Tapit, will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington following the 2015 racing season.
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.
Ron Paolucci started out with a $3,000 trotter at an Ohio harness track and parlayed his interest in the business into a large stable of horses that race at all levels, including graded stakes.
A field of 11 that appeared headed for at most seven starters for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort was back up to nine two days before the race.
The 2014 champion male sprinter and a 4-year-old that finished second in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are among the horses entered on an all-stakes undercard for the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby.
Two colts that have been chasing Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will seek to get back on track when they face nine other 3-year-olds in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.
Godolphin Stable's Frosted put in his final work July 25 before the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) to be run Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, going four furlongs in 47.91 over the main track under exercise rider Rob Massey.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Candy Boy||John W. Sadler||
|Classic Giacnroll||Gerald E. Brooks||
|Divine View||J. Larry Jones||
|For Goodness Sake||Michael A. Tomlinson||
|Gold Appointment||Robert Rockwell||
|Key for Success||Tommy C. Short||
|Only I Know||Debra E. Rombis||
|Tapiture||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Vicar's in Trouble||Michael J. Maker||
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