V.E. Day edges clear of Wicked Strong to win the G1 Travers Stakes in 2014.
Magalen O. Bryant’s V.E. Day, who captured the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in 2014, finished third in his French racing debut July 7.
It was the first start of the year for the 5-year-old son of English Channel, who is now trained by Andre Fabre.
V.E. Day was one of nine runners in a 10-furlong conditions race on the turf at Clairfontaine Race Course. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, V.E. Day broke alertly and was settled into fourth by jockey P.C. Boudot through the early stages of the race.
V.E. Day made up ground on the leaders in the final furlong but was no match for the winner, Duke of Dundee, who flew up the nearside rail to win going away by 4 1/2 lengths. Lumberjack finished second, V.E. Day another half-length further back.
V.E. Day was bred in Kentucky by Bluegrass Hall, and was purchased for $ 135,000 at the 2013 OBS March sale. By English Channel, V.E. Day is out of unraced Deputy Minister mare, California Sunset.
V.E. Day was trained by Jimmy Jerkens in the U.S. In addition to the G1 Travers, V.E. Day captured the Curlin Stakes and was second in the 2015 G2 Brooklyn Invitational.
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