Monthly Archives: March 2009

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

THE KENTUCKY DERBY – Edward P. Evans’ QUALITY ROAD made a big statement about his ability winning the Gr.1 Florida Derby in track-record time over the previously undefeated high-dollar yearling Dunkirk.


Looks like Churchill Downs may be the next stop for the talented three-year-old. The last Virginia-bred to win the Derby was Sea Hero who wore the blanket of roses back in 1993.

Sea Hero’s win was the first for for jockey Jerry Bailey and trainer MacKenzie Miller. It was… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

G. B’s Girl (f, 5yo), Aaron’s Gold – Fancy Mix by Cherokee Colony. B – Charles Grimsley. Laurel Race Course, 3 /25/2009, mdn clmg, winner’s share of purse: $6,840, 7 f, 1:27.22.

Jenkin Jones (g, 7yo), Malibu Moon – Cautionary Tale by Caveat. B – Country Life Farm. Charles Town, 3 /26/2009, clmg, winner’s share of purse: $12,900, 7 f, 1:27.38.

Jinxy (c, 4yo), Gilded Time – Ecstatic Girls by Mr. Greeley. B – South Gate.Penn National, 3 /25/2009, mdn… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED QUALITY ROAD WINS FLORIDA DERBY

By Jason Shandler/The Blood-Horse (Edited)

Virginia-bred Quality Road turned back a bid from even-money favorite Dunkirk in upper stretch and drew away for a sensational 1 3/4-length victory in the $750,000 Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28 at Gulfstream Park. The son of Elusive Quality set a new 1 1/8-mile course record in 1:47.72.

A homebred of Edward P. Evans, Quality Road earned his second consecutive graded stakes win and established himself as one of the top contenders for the… Continue reading

GOOD NIGHT SHIRT OPENS 2009 WITH WIN

By Joe Clancy (Edited)

Looking as powerful as ever, two-time defending steeplechase champion Good Night Shirt overwhelmed Preemptive Strike in the stretch to win the $75,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup at a rain-drenched Springdale Race Course Saturday.

Owned by Virginian Sonny Via and trained in Maryland by Jack Fisher, Good Night Shirt ran his winning streak to seven, dating back to November 2007, and announced that he has no intention of vacating the titles he captured the past two seasons.… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

BIG PAYDAY. Jockey Aaron Gryder gives a big pat to Well Armed, owned by WinStar Farms LLC, as they win the 6-million-dollar Dubai World Cup race in the Gulf emirate on March 28, 2009.

Well Armed improved from third last year to run out the easy winner of the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race.

Trained by Irish-born, US-based Eoin Harty, Well Armed led from start to finish to ease home ahead of French runner Gloria de… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

A FAMILIAR CELEBRATION: Jockey Lanfranco Dettori celebrates after leading US contender Two Step Salsa, owned by Emirati Vice President and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, to win the Godolphin Mile race at the Dubai World Cup in the Gulf emirate on March 28, 2009.

The Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest horse race with prize money totalling $21.25 million.

(Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

EVANS-BRED FUSAICHI AUSTER LEADING VA-BRED EARNER FOR 2008

FUSAICHI AUSTER (left), 2002, h., by Stormin Fever, out of Gender War by Green Dancer, $464,981, WON: Miyako Oji Stakes, Yonago Stakes. Bred by Edward P. Evans.

SIR WHIMSEY (below), 2004, h., by Jump Start out of Apogee by Star De Naskra, $287,834, WON: Gulfstream Park H. Gr.2, 3rd Maryland Lottery Pimlico Special Handicap Gr.1, Ben Ali S. Gr.3, Count Fleet Stakes. Bred by Chance Farm.

WINCHESTER, 2005, c. by Theatrical (IRE), out of Rum Charger (IRE) by =Spectrum (IRE),… Continue reading

EXPEL WINS SECOND RACE IN VIRGINIA SERIES

Northfield Farm, LLC’s Expel captured his second win the VHBPA Virginia-Bred/Sired Series when he captured the $2,000 restricted event at the Piedmont Hunt Point-to-Point. The five-year-old gelding by Expelled, out of Kentwood Miss by Our Native covered the ten furlongs in 2:06 over the firm turf.

Expel grabbed the lead from runner-up Roseville Run in the last furlong and cruised home for a 1 ½ length victory under rider Jeff Murphy.

COMPLETE ORDER OF FINISH: 1) EXPEL (rider – Jeff… Continue reading

COLONIAL DOWNS PARENT COMPANY POST 2008 LOSS

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. (“JEI”), an owner and operator of multiple gaming properties, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $81.4 million compared to $82.9 million in the fourth quarter of the previous year. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $2.9 million compared to net loss of $1.1 million in the same quarter of the previous year.

Net revenues for the year… Continue reading

TOBA NAMES VIRGINIA COUPLE “MEMBERS OF THE MONTH”

Virginians Len and Ellen Kill Kelley are TOBA’s newest members of the month. TOBA members since 1994, the Kill Kelleys own and operate their 25-acre Sea Jay Farm in Nokesville, Va.

The Kill Kelleys purchased their first Thoroughbred in the early 1980s and today, Sea Jay Farm is home to nine horses. The Kill Kelly’s board and foal their eight mares at Windmill Farm near Versailles, KY and have five horses in training with Lori Bourne who runs them at… Continue reading