Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness morning line favorite Orb, with exercise rider Jennifer Patterson up, gallops over the track in preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
(NEW KENT, VA---5/15/13) Colonial Downs will open its 17th season of pari-mutuel thoroughbred racing on Saturday June 8th, and the barn area will be nearly full according to Director of Racing Tyler Picklesimer. The barn area will open two weeks in advance, on Saturday May 25th, and the track will open for training that same day.
Top returning trainers include Ferris Allen with 30-plus head, Ham Smith with 20-plus, and Hugh McMahon, last year’s leading conditioner, with 30. New this year to the backstretch is trainer Wesley Ward, who will have a string of 15. Ward, a regular competitor at Gulfstream’s winter meet and at Keeneland’s spring session, has over 200 horses in training across the country.
Racing will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 PM (EDT) and Sunday afternoons at 12:55 pm. Friday racing however won’t begin until June 21st and several big race days will feature an early post at 5:00 PM.
Highlights of the meet include a pair of Grade II stakes. The $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup, which regained its graded status earlier this year, is slated for Saturday June 22nd while the 16th running of the $500,000 Virginia Derby will close out the meet on Saturday July 13th.
The $250,000 Commonwealth Turf Fest, a series of five Virginia-bred stakes worth $50,000 each, will be contested on Saturday July 6th.
Evening racing will again be a focal point of Colonial’s summer stand. In February 2012, the track repositioned nearly all of its light standards to illuminate the signature Secretariat Turf Course instead of its 1¼ miles dirt track. Since between 80-90% of the races are held on turf, the track is able to again have a later start time and not worry about running out of daylight, though first post will be an hour earlier (at 6 PM) than it was last summer (7 PM).
The 25-day meet is shorter than in past years, but Picklesimer is optimistic. “I’m looking forward to the revised schedule because it allows us to increase overnight purses, which should translate into higher quality racing.”
Stall applications, condition book #1, stakes schedules and Virginia Racing Commission license information are all available at colonialdowns.com. For more information, call the racing office at 804-966-7223, ext. 1056.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Monday, May 13, 2013
Bella's Typhoon (f, 3yo), Deputy Storm - Typhoon Tessie by Not for Love. B - Rodger L. Smith.
Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/8/2013, mdn clmg, $9,000, 4.5 f, 0:53.12.
Blue Mountain Cat (g, 4yo), Discreet Cat - Silentlea by Cherokee Run. B - Grace E. Ritzenberg.
Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/10/2013, alwc, $17,400, 4.5 f, 0:51.69.
Brassy Kaz (f, 3yo), Here's Zealous - Brassy Boots by Dixie Brass. B - Kaz Hill Farm. Penn National, 5/8/2013, mdn clmg, $10,200, 6 f, 1:13.51.
Father Jones (g, 9yo), Lemon Drop Kid - Fabulous Fame by Cherokee Colony. B - Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III. Turf Paradise, 5/6/2013, clmg, $3,683, 6.5 f, 1:14.85. ($5,000, yrlg, 2005, keesep)
Irsaal (g, 3yo), More Than Ready - Quiet Now by Tiznow. B - Edward P. Evans. Belmont Park, 5/8/2013, alwc opt clmg, $46,200, 8.5 f, 1:43.15. ($325,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)
Jazz Tune (f, 3yo), Johannesburg - Rap and Dance by Pleasant Tap. B - Edward P. Evans. Parx Racing, 5/6/2013, mdn sp wgt, $27,000, 8 f, 1:41.31. ($7,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)
Keystone Kid (g, 9yo), Service Stripe - Egret by Alwuhush. B - Keswick Stables. Fairmount Park, 5/10/2013, clmg, $3,480, 8 f, 1:42.40. ($22,000, yrlg, 2005, keesep)
Michaelmas (c, 2yo), Elusive Quality - Christmas Kid by Lemon Drop Kid. B - Estate of Edward P. Evans. Curragh, 5/6/2013, alwc, $21,316, 5 f, 1:04.58. ($525,000, Wnlg, 2011, keenov)
Moro Tap (c, 3yo), Tapit - Ghost Dancing by Silver Ghost. B - Edward P. Evans. Churchill Downs, 5/12/2013, alwc, $24,660, 9 f, 1:51.13. ($10,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep; $350,000, 2yo, 2012, keenov)
Pacmango (g, 4yo), Peak Dancer - Wish Alert by Gold Alert. B - Darlene H Bowlin. Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/10/2013, alwc, $15,600, 6.5 f, 1:20.97.
Star Holiday (f, 3yo), Harlan's Holiday - May Star by Unbridled. B - Audley Farm. Pimlico, 5/11/2013, clmg, $17,100, 5 f, 0:59.61. ($13,000, yrlg, 2011, ftmoct)
Virginia Affair (g, 5yo), Black Tie Affair (IRE) - Right on the Money by d'Accord. B - Dresden Farm. Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/12/2013, clmg, $6,600, 6.5 f, 1:22.11.
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Jacobs Entertainment already owns 18.3% of MTR Gaming Group.
In suggesting that MNTG take over his company, Jacobs stated he believes the West Virginia-based casino operator needed “to diversify the geography of its business as a result of additional competition in its current markets.”
MRT Gaming Group operates the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in West Virginia, the Presque Isle Downs Racetrack & Casinos in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Scioto Downs harness track and slots facility near Columbus, Ohio.
Being offered by Jacobs are the Gold Dust West casinos in Reno, Carson City and Elko, Nevada; the Gilpin Casino and The Lodge Casino in Blackhawk, Colorado, Colonial Downs race track and off-track betting sites in Virginia, and a slots route in Louisiana.
In the non-gaming area, Jacobs Entertainment developed and operates the Nautica Entertainment Complex in Cleveland, Ohio.
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In a move Shug McGaughey called "breathtaking," Orb worked four furlongs in 47.18. — at Belmont Park. (NYRA/FACEBOOK)
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Atajo (g, 3yo), Langfuhr - Kobla Road by Gone West. B - Edward P. Evans. Churchill Downs, 5/2/2013, clmg, $9,000, 8 f, 1:36.30. ($10,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)
Broomsage (f, 3yo), Include - Elsoma by Tri Jet. B - MORGAN'S FORD FARM. Pimlico, 5/2/2013, mdn sp wgt, $22,800, 8.5 f, 1:50.23.
Clever Answer (f, 4yo), Fusaichi Pegasus - Captain's Daughter by Captain Bodgit. B - Atkins Homes, Inc. Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/4/2013, mdn clmg, $6,600, 8.5 f, 1:52.17.
Commandingpresence (f, 7yo), Thunder Gulch - Sehra by Silver Hawk. B - Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. Kempton Park, 5/1/2013, hcp, $3,015, 6 f, 1:12.13. ($7,065, rac age, 2009, tatfeb)
Go Allie (f, 5yo), Eavesdropper - Alagaroo by Sultry Song. B - Lady Olivia @ North Cliff LLC. Pimlico, 5/5/2013, str alwc, $15,390, 5.5 f, 1:05.50.
Smoke Town (g, 3yo), Smoke Glacken - Early Mass by Pleasant Tap. B – Morgan’s Ford Farm. Belmont Park, 5/3/2013, mdn clmg, $19,200, 6 f, 1:10.09. ($100,000, yrlg, 2011, ftkjul)
Star Street (g, 3yo), Street Sense - Starr County by Ogygian. B - Edward P. Evans. Churchill Downs, 5/1/2013, mdn clmg, $15,420, 6 f, 1:10.35. ($230,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)
The Best Lawyer (c, 4yo), More Than Ready - Miss Trinidad by Kingmambo. B - Lazy Lane Farm, Inc. Bordeaux Le Bouscat, 5/2/2013, alwc, $10,556, 9.5 f, 2:06.53. ($40,000, Wnlg, 2009, keenov; $134,001, yrlg, 2010, arqaug)
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Colonial Affair, trained by Scotty Schulhofer for Centennial Farm, won the Belmont Stakes in 1993 with future Hall of Fame jockey Krone aboard, making her the first female rider to win a Triple Crown event. He recorded three other graded stakes placings as a 3-year-old that season, including a runner-up effort against older horses in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Colonial Affair went on to a successful season in the handicap ranks in 1994, scoring Grade 1 victories in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Whitney Handicap and also winning the Grade 2 Excelsior Handicap. However, an injury sustained prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic prevented him from contesting that year's running at Churchill Downs. He retired with seven wins from 20 career starts for earnings of $1,635,228.
Retired to Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky. in 1995, Colonial Affair also stood at Arrow Stud on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, before he was purchased by Haras El Paraiso and John Berendt of New York in 2003.
From 15 crops of racing age—including current juveniles—Colonial Affair sired 323 winners, including 21 stakes winners, for earnings of $18,960,942.
Out of the Nijinsky II mare Snuggle, Colonial Affair was bred in Virginia by Herman Greenberg's Rutledge Farm, who sold him to Don Little’s Centennial Farm as a yearling for $100,000 at the 1991 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale. He was broken and received his early training by Paula Parsons at the Middleburg Training Center.
Colonial Affair was elected into the Virginia Equine Hall of Fame in 2008.
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According to Equibase the Virginia Gold Cup meet at Great Meadow on Saturday handled $81,0017 in pari-mutuel wagers. It was the first time the famous Virginia timber race offered pari-mutuel betting and the first to do so since Morven Park did back in 1991 and 1992.
The betting windows and kiosk saw long lines throughout the day prompting Gold Cup consultant Mike Pearson to speculate that handle might have been “$182,000 instead of almost $82,000” if the lines had moved quicker.
The wagering platform was just the first step in the Virginia Gold Cup Association’s plan to offer pari-mutuel wagering at all of their meets. The plan for the fall race – the International Gold Cup – is for the wagering to take place on cell-phones and handle held devices such as an iPad which should resolve any issues with lines and make the product easier for patrons to access.
The Gold Cup winner, Grinding Speed, paid $12.00 to win.
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-- Rosie Napravnik, only the third woman jockey to ride in the Derby.
A New Jersey native, Napravnik began her career at Pimlico in 2005 as a 17-year-old. She was a regular rider in Maryland through 2008 and topped the jockey standings there in 2006 and 2008.
Regarding the Preakness, Napravnik said, “There’s no other race I would rather be in and win.”
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…and connected to Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
This foal was bred by James Falk, Sr. He is by Fairbanks, out of Sweet and Hot. His female family traces back to Laughter and the family of Ruffian, Icecapade, Buckfinder and now Orb.
He was born at Shamrock Farm in Woodbine, Maryland.
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Virginia Gold Cup winner Grinding Speed and Mark Beecher. (Douglas Lees Photo)
The water jump in the Virginia Gold Cup. L-R: Heron's Well, second place finisher Straight To It, fourth place finisher Foyle and the winner Grinding Speed. (Douglas Lees Photo)
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