For a special personal challenge, visit all the parks. You can find a unique challenge hiking the highest andlowest points in Virginia. Beaver Lake Trail – A half-hour from the state capital,Pocahontas State Park has 11 hiking trails over 5 miles long. At 2.3-miles,Beaver Lake Trail is a moderate loop with slight elevation changes. For anadditional challenge, head over to the 4 miles Co-op Trail. With views of SwiftCreek Lake, you’ll see why this is quickly becoming the most popular trail inthe park. Stroll along the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia’s lowest point in False Cape State Park. The West Dike, Barbour Hill, Sand Ridge Beach Loop is an 8.9-mile hike through remote sand along the Atlantic Ocean. This is not a hike for beginners, but it delivers. Carry plenty of water. Trails are closed Nov. 1 – March 31. Mount Rogers is Virginia’s highest point at 5,729 feet. And Old Rag is 3,284 feet. But between them, Virginia’s second-highest point is in Grayson Highlands State Park, at an elevation of more than 5,000 feet. Spend the night in a yurt and enjoy the park’s 13 hiking trails leading to panoramic vistas, scenic waterfalls and a 200-year-old pioneer cabin. The park also offers access to the Appalachian Trail and trails in the surrounding Jefferson National Forest. When it comes to hiking, regardless of your experience level, you’ll find an adventurous and challenging hiking trail in a Virginia State Park. Douthat State Park is another mountain park with fun and challenging hikes. Mountain Side Trail is narrow and mountainous; it’s not for children or the inexperienced. From the 1.2-mile trail, take the equally difficult 2.4-mile Mountain Top Trail. Serious hikers strap on a pack and hike the 16 miles of trails on the park’s perimeter. Travel across Virginia and you’ll find a Virginia State Parkalong the way. Every region offers distinctive state parks — from the mountainsto the Atlantic Ocean, from the Valley to Southside Virginia. Find your parkand find your adventure. You’ll earn five different and attractive pins. Get one foryour first park visit and others after visiting 5, 10, 20 and all 38 parks. Areyou up for the challenge? Shenandoah River State Park offers 24 miles of trails from one edge of the park to the other. On the park’s west side, take Culler’s Trail, to Shale Barrens Trail, to the Bear Bottom Loop for a stimulating 8-mile hike. Enroll in the Virginia State Parks Trail Quest program and be rewarded when you visit parks. More than 160 miles of the park system’s 626 miles of trails are reserved for hiking, and hiking is allowed on more than 397 miles of multiuse trails.
John Sadler38 7 15 5 $240,633 2nd 40% 2 18% 6 Vann Belvoir12 59% 0 5 27% $271,665 Drayden Van Dyke41 28% 17% 3 45% J. Keith Desormeaux15 5 $390,424 25% 9 25% 8 Win% 12% 3 33% 10% $76,503 43% 5 Bob Baffert26 3 $395,699 Money Won $452,342 10 8 5 2 7 CLOCKER SEES BRIGHT MIDNIGHT IN BC WORKERS 7 $805,516 4 4 23% ITM% 3 Jeff Mullins25 3 46% 50% 0 Evin Roman37 38% 12 1st 4 ARIZONA INVADER IN SALTY AUTUMN MISS STAKES 13% $227,262 1 11 $792,204 3 55% $414,142 Martin Garcia43 47% $220,060 Mike Smith24 $304,992 Jorge Velez69 Win% 3rd 33% 9 19% $224,026 (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 20) 3rd John Shirreffs10 58% 14 Peter Miller27 2 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Money Won 17% 20% $756,613 Simon Callaghan14 16% 2 22% 4 2 60% ITM% 12 Richard Mandella23 1 Andrew Lerner14 $102,375 2nd 3 6 8 21% 4 11 Abel Cedillo89 TrainerSts 3 12% Richard Baltas39 3 1 $329,487 18 Craig Anthony Lewis13 11 68% $47,882 Geovanni Franco42 4 59% Rafael Bejarano50 3 $649,313 43% Jack Carava17 JockeyMts 57% 50% 5 6 4 48% $185,286 Mark Glatt30 3 3 17% 50% 0 $210,242 $248,782 $584,738 MIDNIGHT BISOU SPARKLES AMONG BC BREEZERSGary Young has observed Breeders’ Cup horses up close and personal on a professional level since the inception of the championship events at Hollywood Park in 1984.The respected private clocker and bloodstock agent is back on the beat in his Club House perch at Santa Anita these days, scrutinizing daily workouts by the best of the best readying for the Breeders’ Cup that will be held Nov. 1 and 2 at The Great Race Place for a record 10th time.Of the Breeders’ Cup workers he’s seen thus far at Santa Anita, Midnight Bisou has made the most indelible impression.“Considering what a strenuous campaign she’s had, she looks terrific,” Young said of the five-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, undefeated in her seven races this year, all graded stakes, three of them Grade I’s.“Steve Asmussen (her trainer) has had success bringing horses in here early, sometimes three weeks in advance, rather than right on top of their races. It worked with him for Gun Runner (2017 Classic winner at Del Mar) and others.“I liked the way Mitole (Sprint) has worked (five furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 58.80, handily from the gate for Asmussen). If you didn’t like that, you don’t like ice cream.“Catalina Cruiser has trained terrific for the Sprint, and with (Jorge) Navarro’s horse (Shancelot), Imperial Hint and Mitole, off of his last workout, there might not be a meltdown, but a very serious pace that might help a closer and the logical one would be Catalina Cruiser.“I couldn’t knock McKinzie’s work for the Classic (seven furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 58.80 from the gate), but I would like him better going a mile and an eighth rather than a mile and a quarter (Classic distance).“This is nothing against Mongolian Groom (who defeated McKinzie by 2 ¼ lengths in the Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28), but McKinzie was beaten by a horse that was not going to be one of the favorites in the Classic (25-1 when he won the Awesome Again).“Where I go in the Classic, I don’t know. There are still a lot of horses that probably will ship in right on top of the race and I won’t have a lot of time to observe.“The two-year-old races (on Nov. 1) look like an interesting battle of east versus west. Usually the west has more than held its own when the races are run here, but I don’t know if this year’s crop is going to be that strong.“Omaha Beach (Dirt Mile) worked well (five furlongs Wednesday in a bullet 59.60), but he had a hard race off a layoff (winning the Santa Anita Sprint Championship by a head over Shancelot on Oct. 5), and he’s running back in three weeks.“He’s a very, very good horse and a mile might be good for him, but the post will be very important in that race as it always is, because the race starts close to the Club House turn.”“That said, I’m happy the Breeders’ Cup is here, I don’t have to travel, and I hope everything goes well. I remember the first one at Hollywood Park, and it was really big and it’s continued to grow.“I’m glad it’s back at Santa Anita, even though it’s been a tumultuous year.”IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:Mike Smith is understandably high on Midnight Bisou, since he has ridden her in 14 of her 18 career starts, winning 10. He’ll be back aboard in the $2 million Longines Distaff Nov. 2 and anticipates continued success.“She’s been working well,” the 54-year-old Hall of Fame member said. “She’s just getting prettier every day. It’s crazy, man. She’s just starting to blossom and she’s only four.”Among Breeders’ Cup candidates expected to breeze Friday morning are American Theorem and Storm the Court (Juvenile); Lazy Daisy, Comical, Donna Veloce and Two Sixty (Juvenile Fillies); Legends of War (Turf Sprint); War of Will (Classic); and Encoder (Juvenile Turf Sprint).The Arcadia weather forecast on Nov. 1 and 2 calls for sunny skies, a high temperature of 81 degrees and zero percent chance of precipitation, in other words, perfect.METZ BRINGS IN ‘BIG’ LONGSHOT FROM ARIZONA FOR AUTUMN MISSAfter two straight wins against restricted competition in Arizona, Free My Soul tackles Grade III company Saturday in the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes, a salty event at a mile on grass that drew a full field of 12 plus one also eligible.It will be the first start in eight months for the Kentucky-bred daughter of Hard Spun, who last raced on Feb. 16.“She’s a real big filly, almost 17 hands,” said trainer Jeff Metz of the bay, winner of three races at Turf Paradise, including the Arizona Oaks on the main track and the JJ Coady Sr. Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.“We wanted to run at a mile to give her plenty of distance, although it is a tough spot for a comeback race. But with a three-year-old filly that’s kind of out of conditions, this is a last chance to run against three-year-olds.“We took the summer off with her and brought her here to run in the spring, but races were canceled, so we turned her out and freshened her up . . . she came around quicker than we anticipated, she’s a big filly, drew the outside post and Martin Garcia’s been working her.”The Autumn Miss, race seven of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Apache Princess, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Alittlelesstalk, Tyler Baze, 30-1; Hidden Message, Flavien Prat, 5-2; K P Slickem, Jorge Velez, 20-1; Keeper Ofthestars, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Solent, Mike Smith, 8-1; Great Sister Diane, Jeffrey Sanchez, 6-1; Holly Hundy, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Mucho Unusual, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Giza Goddess, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Strike At Dawn, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Free My Soul, Martin Garcia, 30-1; and also eligible Raymundos Secret, Geovanni Franco, 4-1.FINISH LINES: Restrainedvengence, who missed registering a 43-1 upset victory by a head in the Grade II City of Hope Mile on Oct. 5 under Martin Garcia for trainer Val Brinkerhoff, worked five furlongs this morning with Garcia up in 1:00.20 for the $70,000 Lure Stakes next Thursday . . . Fans can support a worthwhile cause during Bash at the Breeders’ Cup, a fundraiser for Thoroughbred aftercare on Friday, Nov. 1. Join Breeders’ Cup at The Langham in Pasadena for one of a kind memorabilia. All proceeds benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. For tickets, please visit breederscup.com.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Thursday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 23rd, 2019Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for October 25th, 2019FEATURES:Candid Conversation With Hall of Famer Mike Smith: Part 1 – The BeginningCandid Conversation With Hall of Famer Mike Smith: Part 2Breeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Leads All the Way in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesBreeders’ Cup Memories: Goldikova Accelerates to Victory in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup MileBreeders’ Cup Memories: Zenyatta Blows Away Her Competition in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup DistaffBREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Blue Chipper (Young) 10-24-19Croughavouke (Yellow Cap) (Mullins) 10-24-19La Force (Gallagher) 10-24-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-23-19Wrecking Crew (Miller) 10-23-19Wicked Whisper (Black Cap) and Shoplifted (Blue Cap) (Asmussen) 10-23-19Seeking the Soul (Stewart) 10-22-19McKinzie (Baffert) 10-22-19Yoshida (Mott) 10-22-19Bast (Inside) and Hot Sean (Baffert) 10-22-19Mitole (Asmussen) 10-22-19 3 3 3 $92,743 18% 3 15 10 29% 6 9 17% 6 18% 10% 5 48% J.C. Diaz, Jr.41 Philip D’Amato41 3 3 44% Doug O’Neill64 5 7 6 $564,116 2 1 30% 60% 21% 57% Hector Palma17 7 34% 7 24% $110,555 32% 1st 2 3 9 2 Flavien Prat56 10 3 $974,623 20% 21% RESTRAINEDVENGENCE WORKS FOR LURE STAKES $67,117