Special Envoy (#4 outside) edged Rose Brier (#3 inside) in a thriller Saturday in the $75,000 Edward Evans Stakes at Laurel Park. This was the first of four turf stakes on the program for Virginia-bred or sired horses.
A year ago in the same event, Rose Brier got the best of Special Envoy by a length but the tables turned this afternoon. Jockey Daniel Centeno led the charge for trainer Arnaud Delacour. The 6 year old Stroll gelding was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone. Special Envoy won for the first time since March, 2016. Rose Brier had been undefeated in his last four Virginia-bred stakes.
Queen Caroline successfully defended her title Saturday in the $75,000 Nellie Mae Cox Stakes, which was the second Virginia-bred stakes race on the “Class On The Grass” Breeders’ Day card at Laurel.
The 4 year old Blame filly, bred by the Morgan’s Ford Farm, went gate to wire and held off Armoire to capture her first win in three starts this year. She most recently finished third in the Grade 3 Gallorette Stakes on Preakness Day at Pimlico. Queen Caroline completed the one mile turf event in 1:36.24. The winner is out of the Forestry mare, Queens Plaza, and is owned by Amy Moore.