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Researcher (horse)

Researcher
Sire Two Smart
Dam Wild Magnolia
Grandsire Two Punch
Damsire Apalachee
Gender Gelding
Foaled 2004
Country USA
Color Bay
Breeder Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.
Owner Rutledge Farm
Trainer Jeff Runco
Record 26: 13-6-2 (as of April 17, 2010)
Earnings US$1,400,129
Summary
Researcher is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Wild Magnolia by Two Smart. He was born around 2004 in USA, and was bred by Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc..
Major wins
Charles Town Classic (2010)
Charles Town Classic (2009)
Awards
2009 Champion Virginia-bred Older Male
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Researcher (foaled May 5, 2004, in Virginia) is a Thoroughbred racehorse competing mostly in the United States. Bred by the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.

A horse from the most humble beginnings [1], Researcher was bought by Rutledge Farm (Mr. Hermen Greenberg) as a $5,000 charitable donation [2] to the Virginia Tech Foundation's M.A.R.E Center, in Middleburg, Virginia. April 16, 2010, Mr. Zohar Ben-Dov (Kinross Farm) bought Researcher from Mr. Greenberg's estate, for an undisclosed sum. (Mr. Greenberg passed away February 28, 2010.)

A rare combination of stamina and speed, "Researcher is every horseman's dream." Researcher is a "push button" horse[3], known for his adaptability.

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Millionaire Status

"Researcher" became a "millionaire" on April 17, 2010, when he earned $600,000 for winning the 2nd Annual $1 Million Charles Town Classic. (He had previously earned $800,129.)

As of April 20, 2010, "Researcher" is listed as 2010's 4th Leading Money Earner[4] in North America.

2009's Highest Speed Figure

Researcher earned a record 133 Equibase Speed Figure in 2009's Inaugural Charles Town Classic.

His 133 Speed Figure was higher than any other horse competing in any other 2009 race in North America. (2009 Breeders' Cup Classic champion Zenyatta only scored a 127, and Rachael Alexandra only scored a 121 in both the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and Haskell Invitational.)

No horse, in 2009, 2008, 2007, or 2006, has run a faster Equibase Speed Figure.

Charles Town Classic

Researcher was the lone local horse, in a 10-horse field, when he beat legendary Commentator to steal the show[5] at Charles Town Races and Slots, winning the 1st Annual Charles Town Classic, on April 18, 2009.

On April 17, 2010, Researcher defended his title[6], in the 2nd Annual $1 million Charles Town Classic by winning over a game Awesome Gem. His time was just a fraction off the record he set in 2009.

Awards

The late Hermen Greenberg’s Researcher was named 2009 Champion Virginia-bred Older Male on the strength of his wins in the 2009 $500,000 Charles Town Classic Stakes (L) and his second place finish in the 2009 $100,000 Queens Country Handicap Gr. III at Aqueduct. By Two Smart, out of Wild Magnolia by Apalachee, Researcher won four other West Virginia stakes races while earning $492,859 for 2009.[7]

Major Wins and Track Records

  • APRIL 17, 2010 video
    • 2nd Annual $1 Million Charles Town Classic
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:49.94
    • Won by 1 3/4 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 108
    • Equibase Speed Figure - 113
  • APRIL 18, 2009 video
    • 1st Annual Charles Town Classic
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:49.86
    • Won by 2 1/4 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 107
    • Equibase Speed Figure - 133
  • MARCH 28, 2009 -- (A New Track Record)[8]
    • $40,000 Allowance Race
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:49.76
    • Won by 22 1/4 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 106

Hometown Hero (Charles Town)

The $1 Million Charles Town Classic is a newer race, inaugurated in 2009. That means that it's only been run twice. Outstanding is that "Reseacher" has won both times.

It's hard to beat the king in his own castle. (Charles Town.)

Overall Charles Town Racing Record (as of 4-17-2010)

14:12-2-0 (14 starts: 12 wins - 2 places - 0 shows)

2010 (6 Years Old)

Race Record -- 2:2-0-0 (as of 4-17-2010)

  • APRIL 17, 2010
    • 2nd Annual Charles Town classic
    • $1 Million
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:49.4
    • 1st by 2 1/2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 108
  • MARCH 27, 2010
    • Optional Claiming (Prep Race)
    • $50,000
    • 1 1/16 mile - 1:45.1
    • 1st by 6 1/2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 106

2009 (5 Years Old)

Race Record -- 3:3-0-0

  • OCTOBER 16, 2009
    • HBPA Governor's Cup
    • $51,000
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:51.1
    • 1st by 14 1/2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 108
  • APRIL 18, 2009
    • Inaugural Charles Town Classic
    • $615,000 (Tiered purse, Grade 1 Winners get $1,000,000, on down to non-graded winners who get $500,000.)
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:49.4
    • 1st by 2 1/4 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 107
  • MARCH 28, 2009
    • Allowance
    • $40,000
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:49.3
    • 1st by 22 1/4 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 106

2008 (4 Years Old)

Race Record -- 3:2-1-0

  • OCTOBER 17, 2008
    • HBPA Governor's Cup
    • $51,000
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:51.2
    • 1st by 14 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 101
  • MAY 3, 2008
    • Handicap Race
    • $40,000
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:53.2
    • 1st by 7 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 82
  • MARCH 8, 2008
    • Allowance
    • $35,000
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:55.0
    • 2nd by 1 1/2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 96

2007 (3 Years Old)

Race Record -- 4:3-1-0

  • DECEMBER 29, 2007
    • Optional Claiming
    • $25,000
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:50.2
    • 1st by 6 1/4 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 97
  • NOVEMBER 30, 2007
    • Optional Claiming
    • $25,000
    • 1 1/8 mile - 1:53.4
    • 2nd by 2 1/2 lengths
    • Speed Figure - 78
  • OCTOBER 5, 2007
    • Allowance
    • $27,000
    • 6 1/2 furlongs - 1:19.4
    • 1st by 2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 78
  • MARCH 15, 2007
    • Allowance
    • $27,000
    • 6 1/2 furlongs - 1:22.1
    • 1st by 12 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 37

2006 (2 Years Old)

Race Record -- 2:2-0-0

  • DECEMBER 31, 2006
    • Allowance
    • $27,000
    • 7 furlongs - 1:27.2
    • 1st by 2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 63
  • DECEMBER 1, 2006
    • Maiden Special Weight
    • $25,000
    • 7 furlongs - 1:29.3
    • 1st by 8 1/2 Lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 54

Profile and Statistics

  • Blood Horse Profile - [9]

Pedigree

Pedigree Query

Pedigree of Colonial Affair
Sire
Two Smart (USA)
1994
Two Punch (USA)
1983
Mr. Prospector (USA)
1970
Raise A Native (USA)
1961
Gold Digger (USA)
1962
Heavenly Cause (USA)
1978
Grey Dawn (FR)
1962
Lady Dulcinea (USA)
1963
Dancing Smart (USA)
1985
Smarten (USA)
1976
Cyane (USA)
1959
Smartaire (USA)
1962
Dancing Dame (USA)
1977
Dancing Count (CAN)
1968
Dorit (USA)
1971
Dam
Wild Magnolia
1985
Apalachee (USA)
1971
Round Table (USA)
1954
Princequillo (IRE)
1940
Knights Daughter (GB)
1941
Moccasin (USA)
1963
Nantallah (USA)
1953
Rough Shod (GB)
1944
Red Tape (USA)
1988
Red Ryder (USA)
1976
Raise a Native (USA)
1961
Gold Digger (USA)
1962
Over The Side (USA)
1975
Candy Spots (USA)
(1960)
Pitch And Roll (USA)
(1964)

Videos

  • Charles Town Classic 2010 Video, Charles Town - April 17, 2010
  • Charles Town Classic 2009 Video, Charles Town - April 18, 2009
  • Queens Country Handicap Video, Aqueduct - December 13, 2008
  • HBPA Governor's Cup Video, Charles Town - October 16, 2009
  • HBPA Governor's Cup Video, Charles Town - October 17, 2008

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