Virginia is for winners…by Lane’s End sires. That was the takeaway after a big weekend at Colonial Downs, which saw LANGFUHR’s London Lane capture the $300,000 G2 Colonial Turf Cup and ENGLISH CHANNEL’s Channel Lady prevail in the $100,000 G3 Edward P. Evans All Along S.
Bred by Sondra and Howard Bender and owned by Howard Bender, London Lane, a 6-year-old gelding by LANGFUHR, saved ground off the pace before being shuffled back to last turning for home. But he came flying down the far outside and got up in the final jumps for his first stakes victory.
Channel Lady, a 4yo filly by ENGLISH CHANNEL, had already proven her black-type mettle with a victory in last year’s Stardusk S. at Aqueduct and in the G3 Suwanee River S. at Gulfstream earlier this season. Owned by James Scatuorchio and J.J. Pletcher and trained by Todd Pletcher, Channel Lady kept close tabs early before asserting for the one-length victory. She was bred by Scatuorchio, Wayne Morris, Bluegrass Hall and Kaygar Stable.
They weren’t the only standouts by Lane’s End sires on the weekend.
CURLIN continues to bring along his next group of winners after PALACE MALICE’s huge win in the Belmont Stakes. His unbeaten 3yo daughter Stopshoppingdebbie, a Northwest Farms homebred, set a new stakes record winning the $50,000 Irish Day H. at Emerald Downs by 6 3/4 lengths. The final time for the mile was a swift 1:34 3/5. She is now 3 for 3. And in Pennsylvania, the 3-year-old CURLIN filly Ol Donyo won off by nine lengths in a six-furlong, $48,800 maiden special at Parx. Flash Forward, another CURLIN 3yo filly was second in Belmont’s Open Mind S.
Stonestreet homebred Elena Strikes, a 2-year-old SMART STRIKE filly trained by Todd Pletcher, won on debut at Monmouth Park while Kathleen and Robert Veratti’s 3-year-old homebred colt Bobby V. by PLEASANTLY PERFECT improved his record to two wins in three starts with a victory in a $40,000 allowance.
In the G1 Mother Goose S., A.P. INDY’s daughter Dreaming of Julia, the runaway winner of the G2 Gulfstream Oaks earlier in the year, ran second to Close Hatches.
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