Monthly Archives: December 2008

VA DERBY WINNER WINS AGAIN

Multiple graded stakes winner Gio Ponti, who won this year’s Virginia Derby (G2), closed with a rush in the final furlong to win the $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes in his synthetic surface debut at Santa Anita Park.

The three-year-old Tale of the Cat colt raced in last place for the first half of the one-mile race, then closed from fourth in early stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:34.92 on the synthetic Pro-Ride surface.

The race was moved… Continue reading

TURKISH “EMPEROR” RETIRES AT 66

ISTANBUL – Turkish horse-racing bid farewell to its greatest ever jockey as Süleyman Akdı called it a day after a magnificent career that spanned 44 years.

The 66-year-old Akdı’s contribution to the sport was hailed during a farewell night organized by the Turkish Jockey Club, or TJK.

This was the first time the club held a farewell event for a jockey, which indicates the importance of Akdı, nicknamed the Emperor because of his brilliant career.

“Looking back, it has been… Continue reading

COLONIAL SEEKS SHORTER MEET

By Andee Sears/Richmond Times Dispatch

Published: December 18, 2008

The monthly meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission (last Wednesday) turned into marathon session dealing with disagreements over satellite signal sales and the annual argument over racing dates.

A work session was held after the regular meeting in an attempt to avoid the most acrimonious debates between Colonial Downs management and Virginia horsemen over how many days of live racing the track will host.

Last month, the Standardbred horsemen announced that… Continue reading

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

Two things dominate recent conversations on Garrett Street – 1) the upcoming session of the General Assembly and the 2) the ongoing problem of ADW (telephone and internet wagers) being conducted here in the Commonwealth without the Breeders Fund getting compensated.

The stakeholders with the support of the Virginia Racing Commission will offer an omnibus bill in the 2009 General Assembly. Tentatively named the Secretariat Thoroughbred Industry Revitalization Act, the bill deals with a number of issues facing the industry.… Continue reading

RESEARCHER WINS GRADED 3 STAKES

Mr. and Mrs. Hermen Greenberg’s Rutledge Farm’s Virginia-bred Researcher charged from off the pace to win the $108,400 Queens County Handicap (G3) by a half-length on Saturday at Aqueduct and earn his fourth consecutive victory. Researcher was bred by the Virginia Tech Foundation’s M.A.R.E. Center in Middleburg.


The four-year-old Two Smart gelding won an allowance/optional claiming race at Laurel Park on September 10 and the HBPA Governor’s Cup Handicap at Charles Town Races on October 17. Researcher made his graded… Continue reading

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Sir Barton, pictured on the Audley Card, was America’s first Triple Crown winner. He started his breeding career at Audley in 1921 and stud there for over decade.

This statue, designed by Jan Woods, was unveiled on September 5,2008 as part of celbration marking 30 years of family ownership.

RACETRACK COMMERCIAL PRAISED

Sam Houston Race Park’s “Here’s to Racing: Restroom Race” television commercial has been selected as one of the “Funniest Commercials of the Year” by national cable super station, Turner Broadcasting System (TBS).

The commercial, available to view at http://www.shrp.com/News_Media.html, will air as part of a special, hosted by Saturday Night Live legend, Kevin Nealon, featuring the funniest commercial spots from 2008 on Tuesday, December 23 at 9 p.m. .

UNWANTED HORSE COALITION SURVEY

From the American Horse Council:

You are likely aware of the problem of thousands of unwanted and abandoned horses in the United States. Some say the problem is an epidemic, however, much remains unknown. The first step toward a solution is to gather and examine the facts.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is launching a nationwide survey of the problem and we’re asking for participation from horse owners, equine associations, veterinarians, breeders, state and local law… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NICE HATS. Olivier Peslier on Doctor Dino waves to the crowd after winning the fourth race at the Hong Kong International Races in Hong Kong on December 14, 2008. French jockey Olivier Peslier, who in 2007 rode Good Ba Ba to victory, won the $14 million Hong Kong Vase for the second year on Doctor Dino, in the most dramatic finish of the day.

Trained by Briton Richard Gibson in France, Doctor Dino pipped Purple Moon in the last dip… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NICE HATS. Olivier Peslier on Doctor Dino waves to the crowd after winning the fourth race at the Hong Kong International Races in Hong Kong on December 14, 2008. French jockey Olivier Peslier, who in 2007 rode Good Ba Ba to victory, won the $14 million Hong Kong Vase for the second year on Doctor Dino, in the most dramatic finish of the day.

Trained by Briton Richard Gibson in France, Doctor Dino pipped Purple Moon in the last dip… Continue reading