2021 New Kent County Virginia Derby

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Colonial Downs Press Release
Updated: August 30, 2021

A field of 12 will go to post in the 18th running of the Grade 3 New Kent County Virginia Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Tuesday August 31 at Colonial Downs , featured event of five stakes on the card and eleven races in all.

The Derby carries a purse of $250,000 and will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the track's signature Secretariat Turf Course.

Programmed as the tenth race, it will be the final leg of an All-Stakes, All-Turf Pick-5 wager covering races 6-10 that kicks off with the $150,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Old Nelson Stakes and continues with the $100,000 Woodford Reserve Kitten's Joy Stakes, the $100,000 Exacta Systems Rosie's Stakes and the $150,000 Woodford Reserve Virginia Oaks. First post Tuesday is 1:45 PM and the Derby itself is at 6:14 PM.

2021 New Kent County Virginia Derby Field & Odds

Race 10 at Colonial Downs on Tuesday, August 31 - Post 6:14 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Search for Truth 8-1 Joseph Rocco, Jr.
119 Lbs
Michael Dickinson
2 Indian Lake 5-1 Ruben Silvera
121 Lbs
Jamie Ness
3 Eye of the Cat 15-1 Horacio Karamanos
119 Lbs
Wayne Catalano
4 Slicked Back 12-1 Fernando De La Cruz
119 Lbs
Brad Cox
5 It Can Be Done 10-1 Jose Ferrer
121 Lbs
Gregory Sacco
6 Wootton Asset (FR) 5-1 Jose Ortiz
119 Lbs
H. Motion
7 Experienced 7-2 Manuel Franco
119 Lbs
Jonathan Thomas
8 Hard Rye Guy 10-1 Chris Landeros
119 Lbs
Ian Wilkes
9 Doubleoseven 12-1 Johan Rosado
119 Lbs
Jeremiah O'Dwyer
10 Shady McGee (IRE) 15-1 Victor Carrasco
119 Lbs
Michael Maker
11 Draft Capital 15-1 Sheldon Russell
119 Lbs
Doug Matthews
12 Hidden Enemy (IRE) 8-1 Feargal Lynch
119 Lbs
Steven Asmussen

Among the Derby dozen is Indian Lake (Gap View Stables and Jagger Inc.), a gate-to-wire winner in the Bald Eagle Derby at Pimlico most recently. The 3-year-old Daredevil gelding has finished in-the-money in 16 of 17 career starts and has earnings of $222,408, highest of any in the field.

The Jamie Ness trainee has a trio of allowance wins this year, a runner-up in the Jersey Derby and a third in the Sussex Stakes.

Wootton Asset (Madaket Stables), third place finisher in the Bald Eagle Derby, is trained by Graham Motion who won the 2019 Virginia Derby with English Bee. The 3-year-old Wootton Bassett colt also took third in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes July 3 and finished second by a nose in the Laurel Futurity last October. He has bankrolled $100,245, all of which has come from nine turf starts.

Gallagher's Stud's Search For Truth dominated a Colonial maiden special weight race by 11 1/2 lengths August 10 at the 1 1/8 miles distance. The Michael Dickinson trainee's only other start came over a soft turf at Delaware where he rallied from fifth at the top of the stretch to finish second.

Draft Capital (Savesnine Corp.) brings a four-race win streak into Virginia. The Uncle Mo colt's margin of victory in the four-pack - all contested at Arlington - has increased with each start. The Doug Matthews trainee started his streak with a maiden claiming triumph June 19 by a nose and most recently prevailed by four in an off-the-turf allowance. He has earned $55,694.

It Can Be Done (Red Oak Stables) has bankrolled $177,330 from ten starts which includes a win in the Nownownow Stakes at Monmouth last October. The Temple City gelding finished a solid second last out in the Tale of the Cat Stakes and lost by a neck March 27 in the Cutler Bay at Gulfstream. The Greg Sacco trainee has competed in six stakes thus far.

With only two lifetime starts, Augustin Stable's Experienced was a solid runner-up in the Bald Eagle last out which followed a maiden special weight score over the Delaware turf June 21. Jonathan Thomas conditions the Temple City gelding. Augustin Stable will be seeking a Derby hat trick of sorts after wins in the 1998 inaugural edition with Crowd Pleaser and three years later with Potaro.

Hidden Enemy (L and N Racing) only has one win from ten starts, but has faced tough competition in some. The Steve Asmussen trainee was fourth in the Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill May 1, part of the Kentucky Derby under card, then finished ninth in the $1 million, Grade I Belmont Derby July 10. The Irish-bred son of Galileo broke his maiden March 21 at Fair Grounds.

Rounding out the Derby field is McCarty Racing LLC's Doubleoseven, Bourbon Lane Stable's Hard Rye Guy, Deuce Greathouse's Shady McGee (IRE), Jerry Marks Stables LLC's Slicked Back and Carmen Catizone's Eye of the Cat.

Six of seven weeks in the 2021 Colonial Downs summer meet have been completed. The final race week includes a ten race card Monday August 30, the Derby program Tuesday August 31, and an eleven race Virginia Breeder's card September 1 which features five $100,000 stakes for Virginia-bred/sired horses.

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