KENT, Va.--Graham Motion saddled two first time stakes winners at Colonial Downs on Aug. 28, both on the turf, while Rodney Jenkins also had a Stakes winner at Colonial Downs, his on Aug. 23.
Wootton Asset.owned by Madaket Stables LLC, won the G3, $250,000, 1 1/8 mile Virginia Derby for 3-year-olds on the outer turf by 3/4 lengths over Slicked Back, but there was a nervous waiting period before the results became official after the second placed jockey, Fernando De La Cruz,claimed foul against Jose Ortiz, Wootton Asset's rider.
A rerun of the race showed no foul had occurred, and the result finally became official.
"I don't know what that was about," said Motion. "But Jose was really confident that he hadn't done anything wrong. Wootton Asset won very decisively."
"I'd like to run him against 3-year-olds one more time, possibly at Keeneland," said Motion. "I'll run him only one or two more times this year and then give him some time off. I think he'll be a fun horse to have next year."
AL SHAQAB'S Tuned, a 5-year-old mare, won the $150,000, 1 1/16 mile Old Nelson Stakes for fillies and mare 3 and up on the inner turf course by a neck.
"This was Tuned's first Stakes win," said Mation. "She's from a really nice mare."
Tuned is by Toronado out of Zagora, by Green Tune.
"We always though Tuned had stakes potential," said Motion. "She's been knocking on the door. Her last two races have been her best. I have a feeling that she appreciated the hard ground, which is what she got at Colonial Downs. She'll be retired as a broodmare at the end of the year."
Tuned now has four wins, two seconds and two thirds from 13 starts and earnings of $238,575.
"It was a great day," said Motion of the pair of stakes win.
Motion also saddled Calumet Farm's English Bee to win an $80,000, 1 1/16 mile Allowance Turf race at Colonial Downs on Aug. 24.
English Bee vied for the lead on the backstretch, battled through the stretch and won by a head.
Then on Aug. 29, Motion saddled Newcal Stable's Chulainn to win an $80,000, 1 1/16 mile turf Allowance race at Saratoga.
Chulainn was five wide on the turn and closed fast to win by 2 1/2 lengths.
JENKINS saddled Hillwood Stable LLC's Maryland-bred, 6-year-old gelding Cordmake to win the $100,000, 1 1/16 mile Victory Gallop Stakes at Colonial by 2 1/4 lengths.
"We bought him as a yearling," said Jenkins, who bid him in for Hilllwood Stable for $150,000. "The older he gets, the better he gets. He's a nice mannered horse. He's easy to do things with."
Jenkins, who has 19 horses in training, said that there are a number of Maryland-bred races coming up that Cordmaker might run in.
Cordmaker now has 10 wins, four seconds and seven thirds from 31 starts and earnings of $673,640.
BERNIE HOUGHTON had a winner for Robin Perry at Penn National on Aug. 18.
Tribal Notion won a $14,000, 5 furlong Claiming race by 1/2 length.
RICKY HENDRIKS also had a Claiming race winner, Debra Kachel's Voting Control at Mountaineer Racetrack on Sept. 1.
Voting Control won a $14,200, 1 mile Claiming race by 3/4 length after running second until shaking clear in upper stretch.