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2009 Virginia Derby (G2)

Date/Track:
7/18/2009, Colonial Downs
Distance:
1 1/4 m (Turf)
Age/Sex:
3 M
Time:
2:03.29

What the Nation is saying about the 2009 Virginia Derby (G2)...

In a carbon copy of last month's Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT), Battle of Hastings (shown at Churchill Downs) dug in late to head his rival Straight Story and win the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) (VIDEO) on the Colonial Downs turf July 18.Read More
  • cigar · Good finish but these horses still do not impress visually. I'll have to be proven wrong down the road. · 1817 days ago ·
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  • arazi · Agree... no monsters in there... · 1817 days ago ·
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The attendance for the Virginia Derby day at Colonial Downs was 7,618, down from a record crowd of over 9,000 last year. the on track handle was $569, 665. The OTB handle was $119,320 and the big money came from out of state wages — $2,065,263. However, all figures were down from the previous year.Read More
In the Colonial Turf Cup I kind of overlooked Straight Story because I had bet Take the Points ATB and was trying to will him home to 3rd but it didn't happen. I won't overlook Straight Story again after watching him in the Va. Derby today. I picked Battle of Hastings for my win bet, but thought he had been beaten watching live. I was surprised when he was announced as winner. I was, however, very dissappointed with Hold Me Back. Take the Points looked better than he has in sometime. He was actually right there on the rail with a shot to win. Great race.
According to the Blood-Horse, trainer Michael Matz said Nicanor "injured his left hind leg during a gallop the other day." He was likely going to enter the gate as the favorite in Saturday's race.Read More
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  • GBeret · With Nicanor scratching from this race, if I were going to bet, my win bet would be Battle of Hastings based on his recent performance in the Colonial. I would also bet Hold Me Back to hit the board. He's done well in most of his races except for the Kentucky Derby which I think you can through out because a lot of good horses either ran poorly or had bad trips in the Kentucky Derby. · 1818 days ago ·
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  • ruby · Don't forget about Straight Story... · 1818 days ago ·
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With Nicanor scratching I believe given his recent performance at Colonial that Battle of Hastings may be the horse to beat. Also, don't count out Hold Me Back who has done pretty well in most of his 3 yr. old races. I think you can through out the Ky. Derby on him because a lot of good horses got bad trips in the Derby.
Nicanor, the full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, is one of ten three-year-olds entered in the $750,000 Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs on Saturday. Read More
  • cigar · Nicanor will be ridiculously underlaid in this spot... probably a good race to spread. Check out Hold Me Back's middle move in the Derby. I think they thought the half-mile pole was the finish. · 1819 days ago ·
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From the time he was named, the moniker of “Nicanor” has been on the lips of many a Thoroughbred racing fan. The full brother to the heroic Barbaro was born in the year that was both fantastic and tragic for his brilliant sibling. In the spring of 2006, shortly after Nicanor’s birth, Barbaro blew th...Read More
Colonial Downs will hold the post position draw for the 12th running of the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) July 13th and an impressive list of probable starters is taking shape.Read More
Nicanor, the 3-year-old full brother to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, continued to work toward his next start when he breezed five furlongs in 1:01 at Fair Hill Training Center July 7. The time was co-fastest of the day among five working that distance on the fast main track.Read More

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