Yearly Archives: 2009

PREAKNESS NEGOTIATIONS ON GOING

According to Laura Smitherman of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland state officials and Magna Entertainment Corp. are continuing discussions about the future of the Preakness, the Maryland horse-racing event that’s the middle leg of the Triple Crown as part of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Magna is auctioning the Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park horse tracks as well as the Preakness, and the state has the right to match any bid for the race to ensure it remains in Maryland.

Monday… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Ruby Walsh and Big Bucks clear the last flight to land The Racing UK On Virgin 536 Long Walk Hurdle Race run at Newbury Racecourse on December 29, 2009 in Newbury, England. (December 28, 2009 – Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images Europe)

This file photo dated January 23, 2003 of an old Bell 47 helicopter driving a herd of Wild Mustang into a trap. A similar controversial roundup of 2,500 wild horses from public and private lands in Nevada began… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED WINNERS

April Foolishness (f, 7yo), Secret Hello – Susan Minor by Scarlet Ibis. B – Felix J. Nuesch. Charles Town, 12/26/2009, clmg, $6,600, 6.5 f, 1:21.17.

Chalice Bearer (f, 4yo), Vicar – Allison’s Duchesse by Noble Title. B – Sam E. English II. Charles Town, 12/27/2009, clmg, $14,400, 9 f, 1:55.13.

Delta Weekend (f, 4yo), Jump Start – Misty Rain by Rubiano. B – Chance Farm. Calder Race Course, 12/26/2009, clmg, $6,360, 8.5 f, 1:46.43. ($27,000, yrlg, 2006, keesep; $100,000, 2yo,… Continue reading

BERT ALLEN WINS VHBPA XMAS RAFFLE

Bert Allen, Jr., horse owner and long-time member of the Virginia HBPA (and father of trainer A. Ferris Allen, III), won the $1,000 Christmas Day raffle.

Bert’s email post card was selected at random from a box of approximately 300 email address cards that were sent to the VHBPA. The winner was drawn by Mary Lou Domres (pictured), wife of VHBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo.

The VHBPA is building a member email data base to better communicate with its members… Continue reading

MID-ATLANTIC TRACKS VS TRACKNET MEDIA

An ongoing dispute between dozens of simulcast sites in the Mid-Atlantic (including Colonial Downs) and TrackNet Media, a partnership of Magna Entertainment and Churchill Downs Inc., seems unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Last week, the two parties continued to lob rocks at one another – this time over the opening of Santa Anita.

The dispute has pitted TrackNet Media against the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative, which buys simulcast signals on behalf of sites in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania,… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Runners take a flight of hurdles in The williamhill.com – Blackjack Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle run at Kempton Park on December 27, 2009 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Proudinsky and jockey Rafael Bejarano, second from left, make the turn for home and go on to win the San Gabriel Handicap Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Arcadia, CA.
In a photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Wishful Tomcat, ridden… Continue reading

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Nehi, the teaser and Ned and Jill Gordon-Moore’s Corner Farm in Berryville, at 33″ tall has to keep a keen eye on the weather.

THE BLAME GAME, PART II

Last week, I wrote about the 800 lbs. gorillas known as ADW companies, and how they are going to impact the industry in Virginia. Some time post Xmas, I’ll address the big picture and the role ADW may play in the future of our entire industry.

Today, I want to focus on what has happened in Virginia since Colonial Downs opened and why the industry has shrunk and not grown as we all had hoped. I’m going to endeavor to… Continue reading

COLONIAL MODIFIES OTB HOURS

Colonial Downs has announced some changes in OTB hours for the month of January:

“Colonial Downs OTB Schedule Changes for January – Due to a lack of simulcasting product available at certain times in the coming weeks, the following schedule changes will take place for January only:

*OTBs will close at 7 PM on Sunday & Monday

*All OTBs will be closed on Tuesdays

*The Richmond Broad St., Hampton & Chesapeake OTBs are open 6 days a week, Wednesday thru… Continue reading

LIKE IT OR NOT, SLOTS MOVING FORWARD IN MARYLAND

The Anne Arundel council approved the zoning for a casino at the Arundel Mills Mall and not a Laurel Park as hoped by Maryland horsemen and breeders.

One day after the decision, the developer, Cordish Co., is moving forward quickly to implement 4,750 slot machines at the newly approved location.

To read more in the Baltimore Sun, click here.