Monthly Archives: November 2008

BUMPER STICKER OF THE WEEK

…and not the one about rabbits.

Seen in Warrenton last week.

GRADED STAKES WINNER NOW A FOXHUNTER

Marshall Dowell’s retired graded stakes winner Scrappy T has found a new home, and Michael Copley of PowhatanToday.com has chronicled his new life.

Scrappy T (orange and black silks) had enough graded stakes earnings to run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) but ran in the Withers (gr. III) at Aqueduct instead, which he won. Three weeks later he was the runner up in the Preakness (gr. I) to Afleet Alex in a memorable Triple Crown race because the… Continue reading

REEVES PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE

Paintings of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat and 1972 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Riva Ridge by Richard Stone Reeves will be released as limited edition prints and sold to benefit the Secretariat Foundation.

“Meadow Champions” will be limited to 350 hand-numbered editions with the individual prints measuring 19 inches by 19 inches. Each will be signed by Secretariat Foundation founder Penny Chenery, whose Meadow Stable raced both horses.

This also will be the first and only… Continue reading

DERBY BILL & CO.

Michael Dempsey wrote a nice story about Derby Bill and Kyle Fitzgerald who were both let go recently by Colonial Downs. The original article appears on Turf ‘n’ Sport.com.

DINOSAUR?

The just closed Colonial Downs OTB on Military Highway in Chesapeake, VA. The facility was Colonial’s first here in the Commonwealth opening in early 1996.

As computer and telephone wagering become more popular, will the traditional OTB become a thing of the past?

MWLBOURNE CUP

Australia’s Melbourne Cup is the down under version of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup all rolled into one. There are parties and parades to celebrate the past winners and the main event is a major stop on the sporting calendar. Over 107,000 fans turned out to Flemington Racecourse and the race produced more than $150 million wagers. The race itself did not disappoint.

Forty-three years after he trained his first Melbourne Cup winner, Bart Cummings made it an even… Continue reading

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

Colonial Downs veterans Strike a Deal (above) with jockey C C Lopez, captures The Red Smith Stakes (G2)at Aqueduct on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 and Alien Farm’s homebred Nistle’s Crunch (below) finally broke through on Sunday in the $112,900 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.

(AP Photo/NYRA and Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs)