Monthly Archives: January 2010

MORGAN’S FORD-BRED TIZAHIT TOP VA-BRED ON EXPERIMENTAL FREE HANDICAP

Grade II stakes winner Tizahit, by Tiznow, out of Never a No Hitter by Kris S. is the high weighted Virginia-bred filly on the Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap weighing in at 114lbs. The dark bay was bred by Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm in Front Royal, VA.

Tizahit was sold by her breeders for $185,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and racing for owner Jim and Susan Hill, she broke her maiden at first asking… Continue reading

QUALITY ROAD SNEEZED AT 6:47 A.M., WHAT DID YOUR HORSE DO TODAY?

Of course, were joking about the sneeze…

We received an email today noting that if one were to judge the Virginia industry by this blog one might think the only farm producing and racing horses in the Commonwealth is Spring Hill and the only horse worth watching is Quality Road. It wasn’t meant unkindly, it was simply pointing out that there is a lot of info about Evans and his horses here, and a limited amount of stuff about… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Various photos of Dubai’s new Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse as the seventh annual Dubai International Racing Carnival kicked off on January 28, 2010, the first event to be held at the new track. Meydan replaces the Nad al-Sheba track, where the Dubai World Cup was held for the previous 14 years, as the countdown begins to the Dubai World Cup on March 27, which has a $10 millino purse, the world’s highest. (Photos by AP Photos and AFP/Getty Images)
Dawnbreak… Continue reading

SUMMER RACE DAYS SET FOR COLONIAL DOWNS

At its regular January monthly meeting the Virginia Racing Commission approved an eight week 40 race day schedule at Colonial Downs this summer. The meet begins on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 29th, and runs through Wednesday, July 21st.

Racing is five days a week, Saturday through Wednesday. In a break from the past, Friday rather than Wednesday will be dark along with the usual no racing on Thursday. The weekday post time switches to 4 p.m. from the normal… Continue reading

FINAL PARI-MUTUEL FIGURES FOR 2009

While we await word from the Virginia Racing Commission regarding how much money we will have to pay year-end Breeders Awards and Stallion Awards for the Virginia Breeders Fund, we don’t anticipate good news.

The reason is pretty simple – Thoroughbred handle declined another 17.8% in 2009 making it two years in a row the industry has suffered from steep declines.

Total TB wagering (through the traditional on-track and OTB systems) was $95,957,788, down from $116,787,521 in 2008. To make… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Horses and jockeys ride to the last during the Outdoor Events Novices hurdle race run at Huntingdon Racecource on January 27, 2010 in Huntingdon, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)

Robbie McNamara and Rite Of Passage (L) clear the last flight in company with the Davey Russell ridden Grey Soldier before landing The Frank Conroy Memorial Maiden Hurdle Race run at Leopardstown Racecourse on January 24, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images Europe)
Ruby Walsh and… Continue reading

EVANS SNUBBED BY ECLIPSE VOTERS?

It strikes us as odd that Virginian Edward P. Evans did not receive a single first place vote in the category of Outstanding Breeder or Outstanding Owner for the recent Eclipse Awards.

When facing off against breeders with critical mass such as Juddmonte, Darley or Adena Springs or owners such as Godolphin, Juddmonte or WinStar, it comes as no surprise that a boutique operation like Evans (compared to those above) doesn’t generate big enough numbers to win…But, to not receive… Continue reading

QUALITY ROAD WORKS FOR DONN HANDICAP

Edward P. Evans’ Virginia-bred Quality Road worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Gulfstream Park on January 24th as he continues preparation for the $500,000 Donn Handicap Gr. I February 6th at Gulfstream Park.

The 4-year-old colt made an impressive season debut at Gulfstream on opening day, Jan. 3, when he drew clear to win the $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes Gr. III by 2 3/4 lengths going one mile under regular rider John R. Velazquez. That was his first start… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINNERS

Boone’s Babe (f, 4yo), Bop – Booneton by Boone’s Mill. B – Waln Gary Ray. Charles Town, 1 /22/2010, clmg, $13,200, 4.5 f, 0:52.45.

Catalpa (f, 5yo), Parker’s Storm Cat – Pinot Noir by Chenin Blanc. B – Aylor G. R. Dr. & Mrs. Jr. Charles Town, 1 /24/2010, clmg, $6,600, 4.5 f, 0:52.01.

Favorite Class (f, 4yo), Two Punch – Classic Contender by Buckfinder. B – Iselin C. Oliver Mrs. III. Laurel Race Course, 1 /22/2010, clmg, $5,700, 5.5… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Wall Street Wonder, Channing Hill up, wins the Paumonok Stakes at Aqueduct Race Track, NY. (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Northern Nation and Clinton Potts winning last Saturday’s $50,000 Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park. To read more, click here. (Photo by Jim McCue)
In this handout provided by Benoit, Kinsale King with jockey Martin Garcia, right, outrun Ventana with jockey Joseph Talamo, left, to win the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at Santa Anita… Continue reading