Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Virginia Derby comes our way this Saturday, July 21 st from
Colonial Downs. Three year olds will be after their share of a healthy purse of $600,000 when
they go 1 ¼ miles on Colonial Downs's turf track.
The Virginia Derby has attracted a strong field of nine for race 9 on Colonial Downs's
Saturday card. Post time is 8:38 PM. Here is a look at the nine entries that their recent
performances ahead of this lucrative Grade 2 race.
Silver Max - there is absolutely no hotter horse than Silver Max going into the
Virginia Derby! He has won six of his last seven starts including the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakesand the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes this year in wire-to-wire fashion and has added two
straight minor stakes races - the Arlington Classic and the Oliver by 6 ¾ lengths last time out at
Indiana Downs to his list of wire-to-wire scores. Silver Max hasn't really been challenged on turf
so far this season and will look to keep the role going on Saturday.
Summer Front - started with three wins and a second in his first four career
starts but has cooled slightly since. Summer Front finished an impressive second in his graded
stakes debut in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes on April 21st and followed it up with a rather
disappointing eighth in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes on May 12th. Summer Front is coming off
an impressive score last time out in the Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes, is undefeated on grass and is
definitely Silver Max's main competition in the Virginia Derby.
Lucky Chappy - has a couple of good results under his belt in Grade 3 events in
North America after starting his career in Europe - a third in the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes at
Keeneland in October and a second in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate in
February. Lucky Chappy hasn't raced since March 31st when he posted a seventh in the Grade 2
U.A.E Derby at Meydan Racecourse.
Optimizer - enters the Virginia Derby after finishing 11th in the Kentucky Derby,
sixth in the Preakness and 10th in the Belmont Stakes last time out. A return to turf should
benefit Optimizer who has a win in a Maiden Special Weight race, a second in the Grade 2 With
Anticipation Stakes and a third in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes - all on turf last year.
Easy Crossing - Chris Clement colt has placed in two stakes races - none of the
graded stakes variety. He will be making his graded stakes debut after a second in the James W.
Murphy Stakes in May and a second last time out in the London Company Stakes at Belmont Park on June 29th.
Mr. Handsome - made his graded stakes debut with a disappointing eighth in the
Grade 3 Rebel Stakes after some decent results in minor stakes races - a third in the James W.
Murphy at Pimlico and a second before that at the Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles
Town. Last time out was a third in the Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town on June 30 th.
Finnegan's Wake - Dale Romans trained colt is coming off a win last time out in
an Allowance at Churchill Downs to follow mixed results in graded stakes races - a third in the
Grade 3 Gotham in March, a 10th in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in May and a fourth in the
Grade 2 American Turf in May.
Two Months Rent - has five starts this year and is coming off a win last time out in
an Allowance race at Delaware Park on June 7th. Before that was a fifth in the James W. Murphy
Stakes at Pimlico in May and a string of disappointing finishes in Allowance Optional Claiming
Coach Royal - has 12 career starts with just one win - a Maiden Special Weight
score at Belmont last time out on June 27th. In his only other graded stakes appearance Coach
Royal was 12th in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway in March.