Regan  wade trophy beholder mile by benoit photography
Adrian Regan and John Wade (at left) receive the trophy after A Mo Reay's victory in the Beholder Mile at Santa Anita. BENOIT PHOTOGRAPHY

RACING: A Mo Reay wins for Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Farm got its first Grade 1 stakes win as an owner when A Mo Reay took the Beholder Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday. The 4-year-old filly, purchased for $400,000 last fall, closed relentlessly under Flavien Prat over a main track labeled good to get up by a head for her own first Grade 1 trinket. She paid $17.80 to win. 

Hunter Valley, located in Versailles, Ky., is owned by Irishmen Fergus Galvin, Tony Hegarty, Adrian Regan and John Wade. Since the purchase, A Mo Reay is perfect in three starts under trainer Brad Cox, all stakes wins. 

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“It is the first (Grade 1) in our colors, so, it’s special,” Regan said. “It is just unbelievable, really.

“When I saw the rain in the forecast, I was kind of happy,” Wade said. “She performed well over a muddy track (before), so we were happy enough.”


Carl O’Callaghan had himself a week at Penn National, notching three victories. Two came on Thursday, in consecutive races. First-time starter Lizzies Red Velvet, a 4-year-old homebred filly, battled all the way in this maiden claiming sprint and went on to score by four lengths under Angel Rodriguez for a $11.80 mutuel payoff. 

Then, in the fourth race, a starter optional claiming sprint, Kefi and Rodriguez also managed to win by four lengths. This one returned $17.80 to win, with the O’Callaghan double coming back $53.40. Both winners are owned by St. Patricks Racing Stable.

The Friday nightcap at Penn also went to an O’Callaghan runner. Cuenca, a 4-year-old filly, stalked early and then went on to win by four lengths under Rodriguez in a first-level Penn-bred allowance route. She paid $26.00 to win. 

Naoise Agnew also had a productive week at Penn. He got a maiden-breaking win out of Blackstone Farm homebred Justice Or Appeal in Wednesday’s fifth race. The 3-year-old filly led from flagfall to finish under Leonardo Corujo and paid $9.20 to win in her third career start. 

Then, in Friday’s sixth race, he nearly blew out the circuitry in the tote board with Tom Coulter’s Out of Ammo. The 3-year-old filly closed stoutly but the finish line came too soon for her and she settled for second money. The 75-1 shot paid $70.60 to place and $9.80 to show. 


Declan Cannon brought in a winner a day at Turfway Park. He rallied aboard Condone in the Thursday nightcap for a $12.60 win payoff. On Friday, he had the touch in the finale again, this time urging Irish-bred Dark Side to break his maiden in a photo finish. The Brendan Walsh trainee paid $6.92 to win. On Saturday, he got up in the second race aboard Classic Mark, another Walsh maiden that won a photo. The win mutuel came back $3.66. 

Cannon is seventh in the Turfway jockey standings. He’s won 18 races from 137 mounts, a 13 percent strike rate. 

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