Rapid Rhythm and Sambrook Edge, both bred by the Lazy Lane Farms LLC, got to the winners circle in the final days of February.
Rapid Rhythm celebrated Fat Tuesday,(February 28th) in grand fashion by winning the 5 1/2 furlong, $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds. The 5 year old daughter of Successful Appeal won by a neck over Wheatfield in a come from behind effort. She was sixth at the top of the stretch in a field of eight, swung seven wide shortly after and rallied on the far outside. Out of the Quiet American mare, Patriot Miss, Rapid Rhythm won $45,000 for the effort in her first start of 2017. She has now won three straight and all have been stakes races. The first two came in the Oakley Stakes (Sept. 24) at Laurel and in the Battle of New Orleans at Fair Grounds (Dec. 3). The Michael Stidham trainee has earnings of $245,903 from 19 starts.
Sambrook Edge is trained by Dale Romans and is a 4 year old son of Afleet Alex. He did an about face after the half to earn his first lifetime victory in the one mile, $18,000 maiden claiming race. He was seventh at the half, in last place, and crossed in front by 7 3/4 lengths over the next closest rival. Sambrook Edge, sent off as the heavy betting choice, stumbled at the start and was unhurried trailing early on. He stayed along the rail in the final turn and found an opening early in the stretch to power home. The victor, who was making his 10th start, is out of Kate C. by Mineshaft.
Street Miz and Peace of Green Rvf each picked up their second career wins in action last week. The former connected in a 1 1/16th miles claimer at Laurel while the latter was successful in a 4 1/2 furlong claiming sprint at Charles Town.
Street Miz, bred by Larry Johnson, beat Weatherurnot by a length but had to stage a big comeback to pull it off. The 4 year old daughter of Street Boss was 11 lengths behind at three-quarters, moved to fifth entering the stretch, then angled out and passed the frontrunners. Street Miz, who is out of Miz Magician by Mizzen Mast, has bankrolled $54,704 from 20 starts.
Peace of Green Rvf beat Hosway by three-quarters of a length in his respective six horse field. Bred by Rose Ann Howell, the 3 year old colt sat fourth at the top of the stretch, dug in and battled the runner-up to the wire. The winner, who is by The Green Monkey out of Belle Peach by Jazz Club, broke his maiden November 25th at Penn National.
The owners of both each scored a 25% bonus on top of the purse earnings courtesy of the HBPA/VTA Mid-Atlantic incentive program. Owners of Virginia-breds that win an overnite race in Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are awarded the bonus. Street Miz is owned by Dr. Rick Katchuik and Peace of Green Rvf is owned by Riverview Farms.