Rutledge Farm is a thoroughbred breeding farm in Middleburg, Virginia owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hermen Greenberg. It was built in the mid 1700s.
Trained by the 1992 U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Scotty Schulhofer, Colonial Affair is best known for his win in the 1993 Belmont Stakes, as the 13-1 longshot. Colonial Affair's 1993 Belmont triumph is also in the record books, because it was the first time that any female jockey (Julie Krone) won any of the three races of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
Colonial Affair was also only 3 votes shy (out of a possible 247) of winning the 1994 Eclipse Award for American Male Champion Older Horse.
Sur La Tete
Bred Sur La Tete, a Steeplechase star, who won eight stakes races between 2003 and 2006, and who was also a finalist for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Eclipse Award Steeplechase Horse of the Year.
Sur La Tete retired in 2007, as the fourth-leading earner in the history of the National Steeplechase Association.
Purchased and raced by Kinross Farm, Sur La Tete retired with $664,050 in steeplechase earnings and nine victories, including six Grade 1 wins. Other significant "in the money" finishes included two Grade 2 second place finishes, three Grade 3 third place finishes, and one Grade 3 win.
Shortly before that race, March 28, 2009, on the same track, and at the same 1 1/8 mile distance, Researcher set a A New Track Record, when he won a race by 22 1/4 lengths.
A horse from the most humble beginnings, Researcher was bought by Rutledge Farm (Mr. Hermen Greenberg) as a $5,000 charitable donation to the Virginia Tech Foundation's M.A.R.E Center, in Middleburg, Virginia.
North America'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.
One of North America's Leading Money Earners
As of April 20, 2010, Researcher's $618,6000 earnings for 2010, ranks him as North America's 4th leading money earner.
- Blood Horse - Researcher Goes For CT Classic Repeat
- BrisNet.com - Sur La Tete Retired
- Blood Horse - Researcher Right At Home In CT Classic
- Thoroughbred Times - "Researcher Outshines Commentator at Charles Town"
- Daily Racing Form - Researcher Does Hokies Proud
- Equibase - 2009 Leading Speed Figures