London Lane’s Colonial Turf Cup

June 22, 2013: 50-1 shot London Lane (#4) passes the field to win the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.

Colonial Downs is a small but nicely built track in New Kent, VA. It’s the closest track to where I live, so I try to make it for their “big” racing days each summer. One of those days is in June, when they run the $300,000 Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup and the $100,000 Grade 3 All Along Stakes. This year the day started out rainy, but the clouds disappeared quickly and the rain stayed away after an initial downpour. There was live music, a bunch of food trucks, and good company to be had!

The Colonial Turf Cup field included Air Support, who was second in the race last year and who runs for the same connections as Kentucky Derby winner Orb. Atigun, 3rd in the 2012 Belmont Stakes, made the trip for Kenny McPeek who was in town to saddle him. The field was rounded out by longshot London Lane, General Logan for Graham Motion, the Ramsey’s Hyper, and stakes winners Roadhog, Swift Warrior, and Two Notch Road.

A friend of mine decided to place a $5 win bet on London Lane because she had visited London on vacation. I mean, why not? So you can imagine how loudly we were screaming at the top of the stretch as London Lane passed them all and won by almost a length. He went off at odds of 50-1, so that $5 win bet paid her $251 in return. Not bad for a hunch play!

London Lane is a 6-year-old gelding by Langfuhr out of the Miswaki mare Travelling. One of the things that makes this win special is that he was bred by his owners, so they’ve had him his entire life. It’s nice to see that sort of a win. Horacio Karamanos rode him to victory, and he has since become the winningest jockey to ride at Colonial Downs. Love it!

June 22, 2013: London Lane heads out of the paddock at Colonial Downs.

June 22, 2013: London Lane and jockey Horacio Karamanos head into the winner’s circle with their happy connections after his win in the Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup.

June 22, 2013: Air Support bounces into a paddock he knows well at Colonial Downs. He was 2nd in the 2012 Colonial Turf Cup and won the 2011 Virginia Derby here.

June 22, 2013: This handsome gelding is Roadhog, a multiple stakes winner by the sire Bowman’s Band.

June 22, 2013: This adorable guy is Two Notch Road. He spent most of the time gawking at the crowd and stopping to stare at everything going on. Even on the way to get unsaddled after the race, his head was up in the air staring at all the people. He ran last, but he was the most entertaining! He had almost 3 years off from racing between 2010 and 2013, but he was actually 3rd in the Colonial Turf Cup in 2010 and 4th in the 2010 Virginia Derby, both behind Paddy O’Prado .

June 22, 2013: Atigun went off as the betting favorite, but ended up finishing 7th of 8. And those white spots on his chest aren’t lather, they’re just… spots!

Hyper at Colonial Downs

June 22, 2013: Hyper ran a solid 2nd, which shoudln’t be any surprise. The Ramseys have been on fire lately! Hyper is a son of Victory Gallop, and a homebred for the Ramseys.

June 22, 2013: London Lane and his happy people head back to the barn after the race.

 

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