2023 Virginia Derby & Virginia Oaks Recap

Integration and Thirty Thou Kelvin cause shocks in the 2023 Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks.

With the curtain coming down on this season’s Colonial Downs racing action, the best was saved for last, with the renewals of the Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks. 

In the Virginia Derby, the Claude McGaughey trained Integration set a new record time as he swooped late to narrowly prevail over race favorite Program Trading.

Not to be outdone, the Virginia Oaks served up a thrilling finish as Thirty Thou Kelvin battled bravely up the rail to hold off both Alpha Bella and Mission of Joy.

Breeders Cup Odds

Virginia Derby

Grade 3, 1 mile and an eighth, turf, open to horses aged three. Total prize pool: $500,000

  1. Integration +800
  2. Program Trading +350
  3. Runaway Storm +1200

Winning time: 1:46.41

In just his second career start, Integration won the first graded prize of his career when narrowly prevailing over race favorite Program Trading. 

Raced just over a mile, the action was relatively sedate until the field hit the home turn. 

It was one of the race outsiders, Runaway Storm, who had led the field throughout and he rounded the final turn holding a narrow lead.

Under the urgings of jockey Colby Hernandez, he tried to kick for home but had run out of steam. 

With Runaway Storm starting to paddle, Program Trading shifted gears and hit the front. 

2023 Virginia Derby Race Video


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With most of the chasing pack struggling, Integration was running the race of his life. Clearly, with plenty left in the tank, he burst out of the pack and set off after the leader. 

With the posts looming, he drew alongside Program Trading and swooped to the front. With Program Trading unable to muster a response, he would go on to win his first major prize by just over a length. 

2023 Virginia Derby Race Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlace Show
2Program Trading$2.40$2.60
3Runaway Storm$8.00

Virginia Oaks

Stakes, 1 mile and an eighth, turf, open to three-year-old fillies. Total prize pool: $250,000

  1. Thirty Thou Kelvin +1200
  2. Root Cause +1000
  3. Alpha Bella +200

Winning time: 1:48.04

Thirty Thou Kelvin produced a brave front-running display to hold off the fast-finishing Alpha Bella and Root Cause. 

Comfortable out in front, she and jockey Trevor McCarthy were able to cleverly dictate the fractions and ensured that the pace was quick. 

Keen to ensure that Thirty Thou Kelvin didn’t get too far ahead, was race favorite Alpha Bella who was tracking her rivals every move. 

Hitting the home straight in unison, both horses looked set to battle all the way to the line. First to crack was Thirty Thou Kelvin, who after such a big shift at the front looked to have hit the wall.

With Alpha Bella hitting the front, many thought the race was over, but Thirty Thou Kelvin wasn’t done yet.

Digging in deep, and with the rail to guide her, she found something extra and remarkably drew back alongside his rival. 

2023 Virginia Oaks Race Video


Thirty Thou Kelvin takes the 2023 Virginia Oaks #Horseracing #Horsesoftiktok #Horses #FYP #Sports #Horsetok

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With the line approaching and each horse eyeballing the other, it was Thirty Thou Kelvin who found that something extra and finished strongly to claim a memorable victory. 

Amazingly, Root Cause ran a blinder to steal second from the flagging Alpha Bella who was desperately unlucky to finish third. 

2023 Virginia Oaks Race Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlace Show
1Thirty Thou Kelvin$25.80$10.40$5.60
2Root Cause$15.40$7.20
3Alpha Belle$4.00

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