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Virginia Derby

Grade II race
Virginia Derby
Location Colonial Downs
New Kent County, Virginia, United States
Inaugurated 1998
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Colonial Downs
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Purse $750,000

The Virginia Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1998 at Colonial Downs race track in New Kent County, Virginia. A Grade II event, it is raced on turf at a distance of 10 Furlongs (1¼ miles) and is open to three-year-old horses.

The Virginia Derby currently provides a purse of $1 million and is the second leg of the Grand Slam of Grass which offers a $2 million bonus for any horse who wins all four races.

Records

Fastest time:

  • 1¼ miles : 1:59.62 Red Giant (2007)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Peter Vegso (2002, 2003, 2006)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a Trainer:

Winners of the Virginia Derby

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Battle of Hastings Tyler Baze Jeff Mullins Michael House 2:03.29
2008 Gio Ponti Garrett Gomez Christophe Clement Castleton Lyons 2:02.22
2007 Red Giant Horacio Karamanos Todd A. Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1:59.62
2006 Go Between Garrett K. Gomez William I. Mott Peter Vegso 1:59.74
2005 English Channel John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 2:02.57
2004 Kitten's Joy Edgar S. Prado Dale L. Romans Ken and Sarah Ramsey 2:01.22
2003 Silver Tree Edgar S. Prado William I. Mott Peter Vegso 2:01.11
2002 Orchard Park Edgar S. Prado William I. Mott Peter Vegso 2:03.10
2001 Potaro Brent Bartram Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:02.18
2000 Lightning Paces Greg Hutton John J. Robb Tulip Hill Farm 2:02.18
1999 Phi Beta Doc Ramon Dominguez Robert W. Leonard Dennis Foster/ Leonard 1:59.97
1998 Crowd Pleaser Jean-Luc Samyn Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:00.28



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