WVBC, Mirth and more: The week in social media
Runnin’toluvya won the 2018 WV Breeders Classic. Photo by Coady Photography.
The 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale is in the books, a Pennsylvania-bred struck gold in a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re in” event, and the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic is fast approaching.
Here is the 411 on what racing fans in the Mid-Atlantic region have been talking about on social media this week:
Yearlings for sale!
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale took place this week, spanning from September 30 through October 1. Between the two days of the sale a total of 381 horses passed through the sales ring, with 300 of them being purchased by new owners. The average price during the sale was $24,253, with the gross reaching $7,275,900.
The sale topper for day one of the sale was Hip 122, a Maryland-bred Tapizar filly out of the Not for Love mare, Flit. Bred and consigned by Dark Hollow Farm, the filly commanded a final price of $150,000, with the final bid going to Willie White and Skeedattle Associates.
Day two was topped by Hip 237, an Honor Code colt out of the Citidancer mare, Mrs. Vanderbilt. Consigned by Bill Reightler, the colt was purchased by Seagull Capital for a lofty final price of $190,000.
Little Red Feather Racing’s Mirth won her first Grade 1 over the weekend, when she took her rivals gate to wire in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita. With jockey Mike Smith in the saddle, four-year-old daughter of Colonel John completed the 1 ¼-mile turf challenge in a final time of 1:58.47.
Mirth’s 1 ½-length triumph sprung a mild upset over the field of six at odds of 6-1. By virtue of her victory, Mirth now qualifies for a run in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in November, as the Rodeo Drive Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re in” challenge series.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Barlar, LLC, Mirth is currently in the training care Phillip D’Amato. To date, the plucky Pennsylvania-bred has visited the winner’s circle five times from sixteen starts and has banked earnings of $315,563.
— PA Bred (@PA_PHBA) September 28, 2019
WVBC draws nigh
The 2019 West Virginia Breeders’ Classics are upon us.
Slated to take place on October 12, the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics are open to West Virginia-breds. The big card is topped by the Classic, a $300,000 contest for three-year-olds and up at a distance of 1 1/8-miles on the dirt at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia.
While the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic will undoubtably be the most anticipated event of the evening, it is not the only thing that local horseman have to look forward to, as there will also be eight additional races on the card restricted for West Virginia-breds, including the seven-furlong Cavada, for fillies and mares.
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