Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It’s not exactly an easy spot.
Others include: Awesome Gem ($1,695,682), Colonel John ($1,629,012), Einstein (BRZ) ( $2,903,324), Gio Ponti ($2,253,800), Mine That Bird ($2,196,581), Regal Ransom ($1,747,200), Summer Bird ($2,023,040 G1) and undefeated Zenyatta ($2,774,580).
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Pletcher said Quality Road, who won the Florida Derby Gr.I when trained by Jimmy Jerkens in March, has become more settled over the course of the summer. Pletcher received the horse in early June after owner Ned Evans made a trainer change.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here’s what Brian had to say over at Zipse At The Track:
Who was the best American turf horse of the 1990s? A tough selection to be sure, but I know whom I would pick…Paradise Creek. A model of consistency, the Creek ran 24 times on the lawn spanning four marvelous seasons. Keeping the very best company, he won 14 times and finished 2nd in seven others. There was only one occasion, in these 24 turf races, where Paradise Creek did not prove a major factor. It is always a joy to root for a horse that you know will fire every time, and Paradise Creek was one of those rare horses...
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Broken Fever (f, 2yo), Stormin Fever - Broken Halo by Saint Ballado. B - Edward P. Evans. Philadelphia Park, 10/24/2009, mdn clmg, $13,200, 8 f, 1:41.53.
Dillon Said (g, 5yo), In Case - Star Ruby by Rubiano. B - Albert O. Poe. Fort Erie, 10/20/2009, clmg, $4,896, 5 f, 0:58.07. ($3,000, yrlg, 2005, ftmoct)
Giant Mover (f, 3yo), Giant's Causeway - Gold Mover by Gold Fever. B - Evans Edward P. Meadowlands, 10/23/2009, alwc, $25,200, 8.5 f, 1:43.80.
Glenwood Ace (g, 5yo), Officer - Misty Rain by Rubiano. B - Chance Farm. Suffolk Downs, 10/24/2009, clmg, $5,160, 6 f, 1:12.35. ($47,000, yrlg, 2005, keesep)
Hammering Buckeye (c, 2yo), Stormin Fever - Biding Time by Seeking The Gold. B - Edward P Evans. Belmont Park, 10/22/2009, mdn clmg, $11,400, 6 f, 1:11.14. ($7,000, yrlg, 2008, keesep; $110,000, 2yo, 2009, ftmmay)
Hard Rockin (f, 4yo), Hay Halo - Hard Headed Woman by Hagley. B - Hamilton Smith.Laurel Race Course, 10/22/2009, clmg, $10,260, 8.5 f, 1:47.51.
In The Rough (f, 2yo), Stormy Atlantic - Old Fashion Girl by Arch. B - Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. Meadowlands, 10/24/2009, mdn sp wgt, $22,800, 8.3 f, 1:42.15. ($40,000, yrlg, 2008, ftmoct
Malibu Legacy (f, 2yo), Malibu Moon - Lady's Legacy by Matchlite. B - McNeely C. Wilson Mrs. III. Hawthorne, 10/25/2009, alwc, $15,600, 5.5 f, 1:04.81. ($160,000, yrlg, 2008, keesept)
Marital Court (g, 3yo), Vindication - Marital Spook by Silver Ghost. B - Evans Edward P. Charles Town, 10/25/2009, mdn clmg, $6,600, 4.5 f, 0:54.76. ($325,000, yrlg, 2007, ftsaug)
Outrageous Sadie (f, 4yo), Outflanker - Purely Fabulous by Capote. B - Manning Diane Louise Mrs. Penn National, 10/23/2009, clmg, $14,400, 8.3 f, 1:47.60.
Powder Mountain (c, 3yo), Whywhywhy - Gone To Utah by Salt Lake. B - Carolyn Nicewonder Beverly. Laurel Race Course, 10/22/2009, clmg, $9,120, 8 f, 1:39.62.
Shady Lady Saidie (f, 6yo), Charismatic - Shady Lady Dancer by Woodman. B - Lazy Lane Stables, Inc. Finger Lakes, 10/19/2009, clmg, $6,180, 6 f, 1:11.59. ($2,500, yrlg, 2004, keesep)
Spec House (f, 5yo), Housebuster - Berta's Silver by Silver Ending. B - Mrs C W McNeely III. Finger Lakes, 10/24/2009, clmg, $5,000, 5.5 f, 1:06.11. ($7,000, yrlg, 2005, ftmoct)
That'sthequestion (c, 2yo), Holy Bull - What Do I Do by Two Smart. B - R. Larry Johnson. Laurel Race Course, 10/23/2009, mdn sp wgt, $13,680, 5.5 f, 1:06.09.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The five-year-old Love Colony, by Not For Love, out of Soaring Colony, by Pleasant Colony earned $12,500 for owner Debra Kachel, trainer Ricky Hendriks and jockey Jake Chalfin.
The same owner/trainer team provided the runner-up as Secret Style ($3,600) was second while Godie Key’s Virginia-bred veteran, I’m A Hokie ($2,000) was third. Daybreak Stables’ Roseville Run ($1,000) was foruth while Mede Chaba Stable and Stud LLC’s Class Band ($800) was fifth. The frield was rounded out by Seeking Allie ($600), River Magic, Smartes One and That Dream Cat.
The winner was bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III and the race was sponsored by Edward P. Evans of Spring Hill Farm.
(Photo by Douglas Lees)
Huff, co-founded the event with longtime partner Carol Holden in 1987. According to an article in the Northern Virginia Daily, "The miserable weather be damned, Huff made certain he was in the winner's circle to pose for every picture, shake every hand, offer each an individual congratulation."
To read the entire story about Huff's ties to the racing industry, click here.
Chalice Bearer (f, 4yo), Vicar - Allison's Duchesse by Noble Title. B - Sam E. English II. Charles Town, 10/16/2009, clmg, $6,600, 7 f, 1:28.38.
Crazy Like A Fox (f, 5yo), West Acre - Mindgames by Believe It. B - Donna M. Hayes. Laurel Race Course, 10/16/2009, clmg, $6,840, 5.5 f, 1:05.73.
Internalaccounting (c, 2yo), Pleasantly Perfect - Chasing Yield by High Yield. B - Evans Edward P. Keeneland, 10/15/2009, mdn clmg, $12,600, 8.5 f, 1:46.60. ($35,000, yrlg, 2008, keesep)
Nan's Real Love (g, 4yo), Not For Love - Real Concern by Concern. B - Iselin Mary S. Meadowlands, 10/17/2009, clmg, $8,400, 5.5 f, 1:03.34. ($30,000, yrlg, 2006, ftmoct)
Researcher (f, 5yo), Two Smart - Wild Magnolia by Apalachee. B - Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. Charles Town, 10/16/2009, stk hcp, $31,620, 9 f, 1:51.25.
Storm The Field (c, 4yo), Stormin Fever - Biding Time by Seeking The Gold. B - Edward P. Evans. Philadelphia Park, 10/12/2009, str alwc, $15,000, 8.3 f, 1:43.75. ($100,000, yrlg, 2006, keesep)
Union Soldier (c, 3yo), Dixie Union - Mather Miss by Black Tie Affair (IRE). B - Audley Farm. Santa Anita, 10/17/2009, str alwc, $14,400, 8.5 f, 1:43.93. ($70,000, yrlg, 2007, keesep)
Tom Queally and Twice Over (pink cap) land The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes on October 17, 2009 in Newmarket, England. (October 16, 2009 - Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images Europe)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Last night Robert Grump, by Verification, did just that when Russell Road (Wheaton) won the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Cup Classic and Natures Annuity (Valiant Nature) and Shesagrumptoo (Luftikus) took the place and show in the race prior – the $500,000 West Virginia Jefferson Security Bank Cavada Breeders’ Classic Stakes.
The fillies couldn’t match Cavada winner My Sister Margaret, but Russell Road answered all the questions about his ability to go 9 furlongs against older horses. Travis Dunkelberger (a two-time winner on the card) took the Wheaton gelding back early and made a bold move at the 3/8ths pole. He cruised/splashed home to win by eight lengths.
Russell Road is a product of a VTA Stallion Auction season purchased by his breeder Robert Lloyd of Berryville. He is trained by James Casey, also of Clarke County, and owned by Mark Russell of Winchester, VA.
Russell Road has 11 wins from 14 starts. He has won his last four at Charles Town and six additional starts at the West Virginia oval. Russell Road also has won the Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel and last night’s win worth $234,000 boosted his earnings to $648.165.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
According to Oakley: "Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA was the first street in America to receive a Historic Landmark distinction. The street is notorious for its cobble stones, wide houses, and unabashed reverence for Confederate officers…
I propose the erection of a monument commemorating Secretariat, the legendary Triple Crown winner, to be placed near Strawberry Street, between the preexisting Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee monuments."
To join the group and sign the petition, click here.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
In addition, the stallion season used to produce the now multiple stakes winner was purchased from a VTA Stallion Auction…
The Northern Virginia Daily recently did a story about all four. To read it, click here.
Meanwhile, two potential Maryland buyers - developers David S. Cordish and Carl Verstandig - reiterated their interest in bidding on the tracks and the Preakness Stakes.
Magna Entertainment Corp., the Canadian firm that owns the racetracks and the Preakness Stakes and filed for bankruptcy protection in March, said the auction should be held quickly because Maryland law gives the state 60 days to review a deal and the right to match any bid.
The sale procedures also would require potential buyers to keep the Preakness, the middle leg of racing's Triple Crown, in Maryland, satisfying concerns of the state and others in the horse industry who had feared losing the state's single largest sporting event.
Potential bidders have until Nov. 2 to submit proposals to Magna. They must provide a 10 percent deposit, as well as evidence that they have the money to complete the deal.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Short answer: Money.
When the Disney scouts came calling, the VTA helped organize their trip around the Commonwealth to scope out potential sights for shooting. Obviously, Virginia had history on its side boasting not only pretty locations but the actual historic sites where the events took place.
Well, as anybody who watches T.V. or the movies knows, reality and accuracy are not always top priorities in tinsel town. Who can forget the horses nickering in the starting gate during one scene in Seabiscuit? Like that happens…
Anyway, long story short, while the Virginia Tourism Corporation has a film division, the General Assembly chooses to under fund their efforts. While our film folks offered the actual sites and beautiful farms as stand ins for the real McCoy, Kentucky eventually landed the movie with cash -- $800,000.
Richmond Biz Sense tells the tale. For even more, click here.
The three-year-old bay Virginia-bred Elusive Quality colt has placed in all six of his starts this season, winning three races for owner-breeder Edward P. Evans of Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Virginia.
If Quality Road is not entered in the Classic, he most likely would be entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).
“I'll discuss it further with his owner, Mr. Evans, but the Classic is the most likely scenario," Pletcher said.
Pletcher also said that Evans’ Virginia-bred Grade 3 winner Nite Light, the runner-up in the Brooklyn Handicap Gr.II on June 5 at Belmont, would be entered in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
(Photo by Nick Aquilino via Flickr)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sea The Stars was retired Tuesday after becoming the first horse to complete a sweep of three top European races in the same season.
The 3-year-old Irish colt’s victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this month followed triumphs in the English 2000 Guineas and Derby to make it six Group 1 wins in a row.
“We feel it is unfair to keep him going any further given his unprecedented record of achievement in the last six months,” trainer John Oxx said. “He’s come out of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in his usual good form. He is fit and healthy and has been cantering since the race.”
During two years on the track, Sea The Stars lost just one of his nine races — in his debut—and earned around $7 million in prize money.
Going in the other direction is Mine That Bird (a gelding). In spite of a disappointing sixth in the Goodwood Stakes over the weekend, the Kentucky Derby winner’s connections say they still plan to go in the Breeders Cup Classic.
(Photo by Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)
Monday, October 12, 2009
Glenwood Ace (g, 5yo), Officer - Misty Rain by Rubiano. B - Chance Farm. Suffolk Downs, 10/7 /2009, clmg, winner's share of purse: $5,160, 6 f, 1:12.75. ($47,000, yrlg, 2005, keesep)
Sandys Gold (g, 7yo), Swiss Yodeler - Starighaway Whirl by Island Whirl. B - Valerie Harris E.Charles Town, 10/7 /2009, clmg, winner's share of purse: $6,600, 4.5 f, 0:53.54. ($10,000, wnlg, 2002, keenov; $17,000, yrlg, 2003, obsjan; $50,000, 2yo, 2004, ftmmay)
Side Buster (g, 5yo), Housebuster - Als Delight by Wayne County (IRE). B - Concepts Unlimited. Charles Town, 10/9 /2009, clmg, winner's share of purse: $11,160, 4.5 f, 0:52.44.
(photos by Z)
Friday, October 9, 2009
In addition, the NSA has entered into a 3-year multimedia deal with NBC Universal Sports to televise five hours of live coverage of the event, as well as to provide online and broadband coverage, beginning at noon (Eastern). The agreement also includes coverage of additional NSA events in 2010.
“We’re very excited to add this great new event to the Universal Sports stable, and to promote U.S. Steeplechase competition to our wide audience,” said Carlos Silva, President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Sports. “We look forward to having a long-term relationship with the NSA for years to come.”
Far Hills will conduct a six-race program headlined by the $250,000 Grand National. The six races from the International Gold Cup will be highlighted by the 3 1/2 mile International Gold Cup. The races will be run on an alternating basis at 20-25 minute intervals from meet to meet with the first race at Far Hills scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m.
The 89th annual Far Hills Race Meeting draws more than 50,000 spectators to Moorland Farms in central New Jersey. The 72nd International Gold Cup Race Meet is expected to bring more than 35,000 fans to the northern Virginia countryside.
Two of the sport's premier race callers known throughout North America and Europe will be on hand to call the races for Universal Sports. Mark Johnson, the renowned announcer from Europe, who now handles those duties at Churchill Downs, will be at Far Hills to call all the action. Dave Johnson, famous for his "And down the stretch they come!" call will handle the mike at the Gold Cup. Dave Johnson called the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes on ABC Sports from 1987-2000.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The final numbers represent a decline of just under 32% for the gross and 14.6% for the average. Buy backs did decline from 2008’s number of 270.
The top price for a Virginia-bred on Tuesday was Hip #341, a colt by Include, out of Early Mass by Pleasant Tap. Early Mass was a placed at two to four earning $56,349 and she is a half-sister to stakes winners The Texas Tunnel and Kris’s Prayer. Her second dam is Katonka, the dam of the graded stakes winners Give Me Strength, Talakeno and others.
Jay Em Ess Stable purchased the colt consigned and bred by Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm for $50,000. It was the twelfth highest price of the second session which was topped by a $300,000 Harland’s Holiday colt.
"I say five years later, it's a good thing for Vinton," said Chris Lawrence, town manager.
Colonial Downs came to Vinton in the fall of 2004 after a battle between concerned citizens and the town. Eventually the town won out saying revenue from admissions and meals taxes would equal big bucks.
In numbers News7 received from Vinton, tax revenue from the OTB has hovered around $50,000, a far cry from initial expectations.
"Money-wise it's meeting our expectation now. We've adjusted our expectation a little bit," said Lawrence.
Five years ago, the town of Vinton hoped that Colonial Downs would bring in about $100,000 a year. Those numbers never really materialized, but town manager Chris Lawrence says the off-track betting site has been a good neighbor.
"They pay taxes. They're a source of entertainment and they keep their property up very nicely," said Lawrence.
As for Colonial Downs, it says all of its tracks and sites are taking a hit, especially in this economy.
"We are pleased with the Vinton site, bodies continue to come in there, per capita wagering down a little bit, but that's to be expected with the current economy," said Darrell Wood, with Colonial Downs.
Colonial Downs says the gamble is paying off and the odds are in their favor to stay right where they are.
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