Dirt & Turf Sprint Stakes Highlight Saturday’s Colonial Downs Program

(NEW KENT, VA —- 8/13/19) — Saturday’s card at Colonial Downs is topped by a pair of open stakes – the $100,000 Chesapeake Stakes for older runners on the main track and its turf counterpart, the $75,000 Da Hoss at 5 ½ furlongs on turf. The 10-race program kicks off at 5 PM.

The Chesapeake, carded as race 5, is first up and features a field of six horses headed by Linda Zang’s Lewisfield. The 5-year-old son of Great Notion has won seven of 19 starts including three stakes races, the most recent of which is the $75,000 Not For Love at Laurel in March. Last out, the Jeff Runco trainee ran fifth in the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes at Laurel and before that finished third in the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Stakes. Trevor McCarthy has been named to ride.

Elusive Mischief is one of two stakes winners jockey Sheldon Russell rode on the August 10th card.

His main competition could come from Rialto Racing Stables, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners’ Petrov. The Flatter 5-year-old has nearly $600,000 in career earnings. Earlier this year, the Ron Moquett-trained horse was second, beaten only a neck in $125,000 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs but last out faded to fifth in the $120,000 Kelly’s Landing. Sheldon Russell gets the call here.

Kristin Bolce, Leslie Cummimgs and Valerie Lund’s Mr. Jagermeister brings a strong resume to the Chesapeake. The son of Atta Boy owned the Canterbury Park main track with three straight stakes victories against Minnesota-breds last summer. He has hit the board in all three of his starts this season including an open company tally in a second-level allowance race at Oaklawn Park last out in April. Leandro Goncalves comes in for the mount.

Jacks or Better Farm’s Old Time Revival (Julio Correa), a winner last out in a second-level allowance at Laurel; D Hatman Thoroughbreds’ Sonny Inspired (Feargal Lynch), a multiple state-bred stakes winner with earnings of more than $600,000; and Ragnar Korthase’s Speightsong (J. D. Acosta), a nine-time winner including a score last out at Ellis Park, complete the line-up.   

Later in the program a field of 10 will line up for the ninth race, the $75,000 Da Hoss topped by DARRS Inc.’s Extravagant Kid. The Brendan Walsh-trained son of Kiss the Kid invades off a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine. Before that, the 6-year-old horse won the $120,000 Mighty Beau Stakes at Churchill Downs. Sheldon Russell picks up the mount.

Among those looking for the upset is Tom O’Grady’s Dirty. Runner-up un the $75,000 Ben’s Cat against Maryland-breds at Laurel Park, the Jeremiah Englehart trainee is a four-time winner from 14 starts including a score in the $100,000 King T. Leatherbury Stakes at Laurel in April. His regular rider Jorge Vargas, Jr., will be aboard the 4-year-old son of Maclean’s Music on Saturday.

Another to keep an eye on is Lucky Man Racing’s Justaholic. The 4-year-old Justin Phillip colt is looking for his third straight victory coming in off back-to-back scores over the Monmouth Park turf course including the $78,000 Wolf Hill Stakes last time out.  A winner in half of his eight starts, the Tom Clark trainee will be ridden Saturday by Jose Ferrer.

Completing the field for the Da Hoss are: Robert Cline, Stephen Reed, Brett Woodie and Golden Goose Stables’ Event Driven (Dean Sarvis), runner-up in a Thistledown allowance race last time out; Laura McKinney’s Clever Triad (Trevor McCarthy), a three-time winner in 2018; Michael Cox’s Smokin Nitro (Mychel Sanchez), third in the Grade 3 Parx Dash two starts back; Mary Eppler Racing Stables’ Oak Bluff (Horacio Karamanos), solid in the claiming ranks of late; Pewter Stables’ Dubini (J. D. Acosta), runner-up in last year’s $100,000 Laurel Park Dash; Raj Jagnanan’s American Sailor (Rosario Montanez), coming in off three straight starter handicap wins; and Elizabeth Meehan’s Fairweather Friend (Grant Whitacre), runner-up in the $75,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Saturday’s card also features a pair of steeplechase races at 2 ¼ miles over national fences. The “jump” races go as the first and third races.