Donegal Racing’s Paddy O'Prado,
third in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I),
has once again shown his top grass form, running again on the turf with
a vengeance, taking the $600,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) over firm turf at Colonial Downs July 17.
Trained by Dale Romans, Paddy O’Prado was unhurried early under
regular rider Kent Desormeaux, racing sixth in the seven-horse field
for the first mile of the 10-furlong Virginia Derby. He trailed the
pacesetter, Two Notch Road, by 11 lengths approaching the second turn. With a quarter mile to run, he still had seven lengths to make up.