Day At The Track

Fox Stakes goes to Virgo

05:00 AM 14 Aug 2020 NZST
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Harness racing action at the Indiana State Fair
Natalie Curtiss photo

Hightstown, NJ — Virgo won the $57,235 Fox Stakes for 2-year-old male harness racing pacers and Swingforthefences captured the $33,530 Ralph Wilfong Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters Wednesday (Aug. 12) at the Indiana State Fair.

With Trace Tetrick in the sulky, Virgo was sixth through the first three-quarters of the 11-horse Fox Stakes before unleashing a :28.1 final quarter to win by five lengths over JK Going West in 1:52. TJ’s Indy Pacer finished third.

“I was very happy with him,” trainer Dylan Davis said. “He went a big trip, came from a long way back.”

Virgo is by Always A Virgin out of Star Of The Show. He was purchased for $13,000 at the Hoosier Sale and is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner American Passport. He is owned by Davis, Howard Taylor, and Jeff Billings. He was bred by Dustin Miller.

“Just looking at his videos, he’s not a real big, flashy-looking colt, but he looked very athletic, very light on his feet,” Davis said. “I’m really impressed how smart he is. I was a little worried about him getting hot most of the winter but the more he does it the more he’s relaxing. He’s got a lot of ability and he’s fast.”

Virgo has three wins and a second in four races. He has earned $52,742.

Swingforthefences won the Wilfong Memorial by 2-3/4 lengths over Breckenridge in 1:57.2. Jessie’s Swan was third.

Peter Wrenn drove Swingforthefences for trainer Melanie Wrenn and owners David McDuffee and L&L Devisser. The son of Swan For All out of Sunday Yankee was bred by Concord Stud Farm. He was purchased for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale.

Swingforthefences has won three consecutive races after a second-place finish in his debut. He has earned $57,890.

Virgo and Swingforthefences are both eligible to the Breeders Crown, which will be held at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in October.

For Wednesday’s complete charts from the Indiana State Fair, click here.

by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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