A couple of in-form 3-year-olds who have shown indications that longer distances may be to their liking could have a say in the outcome of the Grade 3, $500,000 West Virginia Derby on Saturday at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
The connections of Pennsylvania-bred Chilly in Charge believe the 3-year-old colt is coming into his own after a pair of victories.
And Maryland-bred Top Line Growth enters the Derby with a record of three wins in four starts, albeit one via disqualification.
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Winning Number led gate-to-wire Friday night in the $250,000 Iowa Derby, but in Country House/Kentucky Derby style, stewards promoted Top Line Growth to the win after a lengthy look at the film, ruling Winning Number fouled rival Shang during the stretch run.
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Call it, evidently, the year of the Derby disqualification. Two months after Maximum Security was disqualified after winning the Kentucky Derby, Winning Number had his number taken down from first to third Friday night at Prairie Meadows after crossing the wire first in the $250,000 Iowa Derby.
Top Line Growth, who finished second and wasn’t affected by the disqualifying incident, was awarded the victory.
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Delaware attorney Stuart Grant’s stable The Elkstone Group had a promising start to the summer racing season as two horses broke long-standing track records within two weeks of each other. Top Line Growth, a 3-year-old gelding trained by Kelly Rubley and ridden by Julien Pimental, broke the track record for the mile at Laurel Park on June 8th in 1:34.07 beating the previous record of 1:34 2/5, set in 1980.
Just days later on June 20th, homebred Irony of Reality, by Animal Kingdom, set the track record under the guidance of trainer Ron Potts and jockey Huber Villa-Gomez. She ran the 1 1/16th miles on the all-weather surface at Presque Isle Downs in record time of 1:42:87.
“It was a thrill to have Top Line Growth and Irony of Reality set track records within two weeks of each other, particularly considering how long those records have been standing,” said Mr. Grant. “Top Line Growth and Irony of Reality are still young horses and I’m looking forward to seeing them progress.”
Mr. Grant won’t have to wait long. Top Line Growth is entered on July 5th in the 21st running of the Iowa Derby with $250,000 up for grabs. Also running this weekend is The Elkstone Group’s 3-year-old colt Social Paranoia, trained by Todd Pletcher, who is entered on Saturday in the G-1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational, the first leg of the newly created Turf Trinity, headlining the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival that will be broadcast live on NBC. Eclipse Award winner Monomoy Girl (who Mr. Grant owns in partnership with Michael Dubb, Michael Caruso and Sol Kumin) is in training and expected to make her much anticipated return to racing later this summer.
Watch Top Line Growth’s track record here.
To many, Beau Biden was a man who embodied selflessness, service and inspired a foundation dedicated to protecting children.
In the past four years since his death, students have been awarded college scholarships in reward for exemplifying “the virtues of Beau: qualities of leadership, community, civility, respect, and a strong moral compass.”
The Delaware based I Can Do Great Things Foundation established the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship in 2015 for graduating high school students. The foundation, founded by philanthropists Stuart and Suzanne Grant in 2009, provides funding for projects “that can improve the life of one individual, one community or the entire world.”
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