Researcher (horse)

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Researcher
Sire Two Smart
Grandsire Two Punch
Dam Wild Magnolia
Damsire Apalachee
Sex Gelding
Foaled 2004
Country USA
Colour Bay
Breeder Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.
Owner Rutledge Farm
Trainer Jeff Runco
Record 27: 13-6-2
Earnings $1,379,379
Major wins
Charles Town Classic (2009, 2010)
Awards
2009 Champion Virginia-bred Older Male

Researcher (foaled May 5, 2004, in Virginia) is a Thoroughbred racehorse competing mostly in the United States. Bred by the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.

A horse from the most humble beginnings [1], Researcher was bought by Rutledge Farm (Mr. Hermen Greenberg), in 2005, as a $5,000 charitable donation [2] to the Virginia Tech Foundation's M.A.R.E Center, in Middleburg, Virginia. One year after winning the 1st Charles Town Classic, and only a few days before winning the 2nd Charles Town Classic, April 16, 2010, Mr. Zohar Ben-Dov (Kinross Farm) bought Researcher from Mr. Greenberg's estate, for an undisclosed sum. (Mr. Greenberg died February 28, 2010.)

A rare combination of stamina and speed, "Researcher is every horseman's dream..."—a "push button" horse [3], known for his adaptability.

Millionaire Status[edit]

"Researcher" became a "millionaire" on April 17, 2010, when he earned $600,000 for winning the 2nd Annual $1 Million Charles Town Classic. (He had previously earned $800,129.)

As of April 20, 2010, "Researcher" is listed as 2010's 4th Leading Money Earner [4] in North America.

2009's Highest Speed Figure[edit]

Researcher earned a record 133 Equibase Speed Figure in 2009's Inaugural Charles Town Classic.

  • No horse, in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, or 2006, has run a faster Equibase Speed Figure. (note: Equibase Speed Figures are only available, as far back as 2006, online.)

Charles Town Classic[edit]

Researcher was the lone local horse, in a 10-horse field, when he beat Commentator to steal the show [5] at Charles Town Races and Slots, winning the 1st Annual Charles Town Classic, on April 18, 2009.

On April 17, 2010, Researcher defended his title [6], in the 2nd Annual $1 million Charles Town Classic by winning over a game Awesome Gem. His time was just a fraction off the track's record he set on 3/28/2009. (As of 3/2/2012, the record still holds.Track Records)

Awards[edit]

The late Hermen Greenberg’s Researcher was named 2009 Champion Virginia-bred Older Male on the strength of his wins in the 2009 $500,000 Charles Town Classic Stakes (L) and his second place finish in the 2009 $100,000 Queens Country Handicap Gr. III at Aqueduct. By Two Smart, out of Wild Magnolia by Apalachee, Researcher won four other West Virginia stakes races while earning $492,859 for 2009.[7]

Major Wins and Track Records[edit]

  • APRIL 17, 2010 [8]
    • 2nd Annual $1 Million Charles Town Classic
    • 118 mile - 1:49.94
    • Won by 134 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 108
    • Equibase Speed Figure - 113
  • APRIL 18, 2009 [9]
    • 1st Annual Charles Town Classic
    • 118 mile - 1:49.86
    • Won by 214 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 107
    • Equibase Speed Figure - 133
  • MARCH 28, 2009 -- (A New Track Record)[10]
    • $40,000 Allowance Race
    • 118 mile - 1:49.76
    • Won by 2214 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 106

Hometown Hero Repeat (Charles Town)[edit]

The $1 Million Charles Town Classic was inaugurated in 2009. "Researcher" repeated to win both the 1st and 2nd years of the Classic (2009 and 2010).

It's hard to beat the king in his own castle. (Charles Town.)

Overall Charles Town Racing Record (as of 4-17-2010)[edit]

14: 12 - 2 - 0 (14 starts: 12 wins - 2 places - 0 shows)

Race Record (as of 4-17-2010)[edit]

2010 (6 Years Old)[edit]

Race Record—2: 2 - 0 - 0 (as of 4-17-2010)

  • APRIL 17, 2010
    • 2nd Annual Charles Town classic
    • $1 Million
    • 118 mile - 1:49.4
    • 1st by 212 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 108
  • MARCH 27, 2010
    • Optional Claiming (Prep Race)
    • $50,000
    • 1116 mile - 1:45.1
    • 1st by 612 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 106

2009 (5 Years Old)[edit]

Race Record—3: 3 - 0 - 0

  • OCTOBER 16, 2009
    • HBPA Governor's Cup
    • $51,000
    • 118 mile - 1:51.1
    • 1st by 1412 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 108
  • APRIL 18, 2009
    • Inaugural Charles Town Classic
    • $615,000 (Tiered purse, Grade 1 Winners get $1,000,000, on down to non-graded winners who get $500,000.)
    • 118 mile - 1:49.4
    • 1st by 214 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 107
  • MARCH 28, 2009
    • Allowance
    • $40,000
    • 118 mile - 1:49.3
    • 1st by 2214 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 106

2008 (4 Years Old)[edit]

Race Record—3: 2 - 1 - 0

  • OCTOBER 17, 2008
    • HBPA Governor's Cup
    • $51,000
    • 118 mile - 1:51.2
    • 1st by 14 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 101
  • MAY 3, 2008
    • Handicap Race
    • $40,000
    • 118 mile - 1:53.2
    • 1st by 7 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 82
  • MARCH 8, 2008
    • Allowance
    • $35,000
    • 118 mile - 1:55.0
    • 2nd by 112 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 96

2007 (3 Years Old)[edit]

Race Record—4: 3 - 1 - 0

  • DECEMBER 29, 2007
    • Optional Claiming
    • $25,000
    • 118 mile - 1:50.2
    • 1st by 614 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 97
  • NOVEMBER 30, 2007
    • Optional Claiming
    • $25,000
    • 118 mile - 1:53.4
    • 2nd by 212 lengths
    • Speed Figure - 78
  • OCTOBER 5, 2007
    • Allowance
    • $27,000
    • 612 furlongs - 1:19.4
    • 1st by 2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 78
  • MARCH 15, 2007
    • Allowance
    • $27,000
    • 612 furlongs - 1:22.1
    • 1st by 12 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 37

2006 (2 Years Old)[edit]

Race Record—2:2 - 0 - 0

  • DECEMBER 31, 2006
    • Allowance
    • $27,000
    • 7 furlongs - 1:27.2
    • 1st by 2 lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 63
  • DECEMBER 1, 2006
    • Maiden Special Weight
    • $25,000
    • 7 furlongs - 1:29.3
    • 1st by 812 Lengths
    • Beyer Speed Figure - 54

Profile and Statistics[edit]

  • Blood Horse Profile - [11]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Colonial Affair
Sire
Two Smart (USA)
1994
Two Punch (USA)
1983
Mr. Prospector (USA)
1970
Raise A Native (USA)
1961
Gold Digger (USA)
1962
Heavenly Cause (USA)
1978
Grey Dawn (FR)
1962
Lady Dulcinea (USA)
1963
Dancing Smart (USA)
1985
Smarten (USA)
1976
Cyane (USA)
1959
Smartaire (USA)
1962
Dancing Dame (USA)
1977
Dancing Count (CAN)
1968
Dorit (USA)
1971
Dam
Wild Magnolia
1985
Apalachee (USA)
1971
Round Table (USA)
1954
Princequillo (IRE)
1940
Knights Daughter (GB)
1941
Moccasin (USA)
1963
Nantallah (USA)
1953
Rough Shod (GB)
1944
Red Tape (USA)
1988
Red Ryder (USA)
1976
Raise a Native (USA)
1961
Gold Digger (USA)
1962
Over The Side (USA)
1975
Candy Spots (USA)
(1960)
Pitch And Roll (USA)
(1964)

Videos[edit]

  • Charles Town Classic 2010 Video, Charles Town - April 17, 2010
  • Charles Town Classic 2009 Video, Charles Town - April 18, 2009
  • Queens Country Handicap Video, Aqueduct - December 13, 2008
  • HBPA Governor's Cup Video, Charles Town - October 16, 2009
  • HBPA Governor's Cup Video, Charles Town - October 17, 2008

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