Russell Road, the most accomplished West Virginia-bred to race in his home state, recorded his 18th career stakes win Nov. 17 in the A Huevo Stakes at Charles Town. Mark Russell’s 7-year-old millionaire moved into a tie for fourth on the list of career stakes wins by a regional-bred.
The list, based on North American stakes wins on the flat:
25 Little Bold John (1982, g., John Alden—Little Bold Sphinx, by Bold Ambition; bred in Md. by Hal C.B. Clagett)
22 Safely Kept (1986, f., Horatius—Safely Home, by Winning Hit; bred in Md. by Mr. and Mrs. David Hayden)
22 Curribot (1977, g., Little Current—Ameribot, by *Ribot; bred in Pa. by Mrs. J.O. Burgwin)
18 Parole (1873, g., Leamington—Maiden, by Lexington; bred in Pa. by Aristides Welch)
18 Russell Road (2006, g., Wheaton—Roberta Grump, by Verification; bred in W.Va. by Robert H. Lloyd)
18 Twixt (1969, f., Restless Native—Eveleen, by Quarter Deck; bred in Md. by Mr. and Mrs. John B. Merryman)
17 Challedon (1936, c., *Challenger II—Laura Gal, by *Sir Gallahad III; bred in Md. by William L. Brann)
17 Dave’s Friend (1975, g., Friend’s Choice—Duc’s Tina, by Duc de Fer; bred in Md. by Robert L. Beall)
17 Henry of Navarre (1891, c., Knight of Ellerslie—Moss Rose, by The Ill-Used; bred in N.J. by Lucien O. Appleby)
17 Sun Beau (1925, c., *Sun Briar—Beautiful Lady, by Fair Play; bred in Va. by Willis Sharpe Kilmer)
Note: If steeplechasers were added to the list, it would be topped by Maryland-bred Elkridge. His 31 career jump wins (1941-’51) included 27 stakes. The son of Mate was bred by Joe Flanagan and owned and trained for the majority of his career by Kent Miller.
Compiled by Cindy Deubler