WHAT THE BEEP AND LARGENT SHARE WEDNESDAY SPOTLIGHT AT COLONIAL DOWNS
What the Beep pulled off an upset with a one-length victory over heavy favorite Tan and Tight in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired fillies and mares. The homebred daughter of Great Notion was ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Karen Godsey who bred and broke the 5-year-old mare on her Eagle Point Farm.
“This is very emotional for me,” said a tearful Godsey. “Her mother (Toccoa) was my first winner. To win a race like the Camptown, which my grandfather helped to start, is important to me. We mainly race here and the rest of the year I am breaking horses on the farm.”
What the Beep won the M. Tyson Gilpin Stakes here last summer but hasn’t raced since an off-the-board finish in an allowance race at Laurel last October.
“She got a little cut on her leg and we almost missed that last race,” Godsey explained. “So she came home and got to spend the whole winter being a horse, hanging out, and ran around an 80-acre field with all her brothers. It’s nice she gets to do that, come back here and run like this. It’s kind of what her momma did. I would take her home every winter and come back here and win every summer. She’s a happy horse.”
The bay mare led every step of the way getting the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:02.95 after setting fractions of 22.38 seconds, 44.37 seconds and 56.31 seconds.
The Camptown was the fourth victory in 16 starts for What the Beep who could race next to defend her title in the M Tyson Gilpin Stakes. She earned $36,000 for the tally to boost her bankroll to $189,503 and paid $15.20, $4 and $2.20.
Tan and Tight, the 2-5 post-time favorite, stalked the pace and made a mild rally in the stretch but was no threat to the winner returning $2.20 and $2.20. Bella Aurora ($2.20) finished third in the six-horse field, followed by Solarte, Determined Love and Chasing Midnight to complete the order of finish.
A compact field of four went to the gate in the $60,000 Edward P. Evans Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired runners with heavily favored Largent, owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. The son of Into Mischief covered the mile over firm turf in 1:36.14. He was trained by Todd Pletcher who picked up his third victory in the first two nights of racing at Colonial this season. Tyler Conner had the winning ride.
“I wanted to be a little closer than I was (early in the race),” Conner said. “I let him settle where he’s happy. My man Trevor (jockey McCarthy) had me in a little tight. I didn’t want to take back and go around. So I just went with the momentum and hoping he’s split somewhere and I could get through.”
Largent’s tally was his fourth in six starts and the $36,000 winner’s share boosted his bankroll to $134,670. He paid $2.40 and $2.10. There was no show wagering in the race.
Embolden, the 2019 Jamestown winner, was beaten just a length in the mile race and paid $2.10. Carbon Data and River Deep completed the order of finish.
Also of note on the card was the 3rd race, a first-level allowance race won by Robert LaPenta, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Chrysalis Stable’s Farmington Road, who was making his turf debut after racing on the Triple Crown trail earlier this year. Pletcher and Conner partnered here as well with the son of Quality Road who had last raced in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, finishing eighth in a 10-horse field.
Colonial Downs will race a special make up card this Sunday at 5:30 PM.
Photo caption: Eagle Point Farms’ What The Beep prevails in the Camptown Stakes Wednesday at Colonial Downs. Photo by Coay Photography.
Contact: Darrell Wood (804-338-4632)