Monthly Archives: March 2011

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Regina Mayer takes her cow Luna overa  jump in Laufen, Germany.  When Regina’s parents dashed her hopes of getting a horse, the 15-year-old trained her cow to jump over homemade hurdles made of beer crates and painted logs.  (Photo by Kerstin Joensson/AP Photos)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm…
Well, you never know what Frank Stronach and company will do next and the last few years the Preakness infield, long a critical component of Maryland Jockey Club profitability, has been the subject of change, scrutiny, criticism…you name it.
This is what the Baltimore Sun’s Jill Rosen had to say about the 2011 Preakness infield mascot…
Half-man, half-horse and altogether drunk, the Preakness’ newest pitchman, introduced Tuesday, is a “party manimal” with one job: reassuring young people that this… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Runners race down the back straight at Taunton racecourse on March 29, 2011 in Taunton, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

    Good news ACC football fans: The season gets underway in a scant five months.  Spring practices are underway, and ESPN’s Heather Dinich is already cranking out the links. 

    HAY, OATS AND WATER? RCI LEADERS CALL FOR PHASE OUT OF DRUGS

    (Edited press release via TDN) Both the outgoing and incoming chairmen of the Association of Racing Commissioners International Inc. have challenged the racing industry and member regulators to embrace a strategy to phase out drugs and medication in horse racing.

    Outgoing RCI Chair Dan Hartman of the Colorado Racing Commission said that Aa five-year phase-out is reasonable to bring North American racing policies in line with what is going on in  other parts of the world like Europe and… Continue reading

    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Robert Thorton riding Araldur wins the Free Bets At gg.com Novice Hurdle to record his 1,000th winner of his riding career at Towcester racecourse in England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

    VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

    American Wildcat (c, 3yo), Forest Wildcat – Gingham And Lace by Kris S. B – Lazy Lane Farms Inc. Santa Anita, 3 /25/2011, clmg, $18,000, 8 f, 1:37.72. ($115,000, yrlg, 2009, keesep)

    Bean (g, 7yo), Will’s Way – Mexicali Rose by El Gran Senor. B – Backer William M. Fonner Park, 3/26/2011, clmg, $4,800, 6 f, 1:15.20.
    Camp Victory (c, 4yo), Forest Camp – Victory Trick by Clever Trick. B – Atkins Danny Mark 1. Santa Anita, 3 /27/2011, alwc,… Continue reading

    FOREST BELL WINS AGAIN

    Will Russell’s Forest Bell with regular rider Liam McVicar on board won the $2,000 VHBPA flat race for Virginia-bred and Virginia-sired runners at the Piedmont Point-to-Point.  The five-year-old Forestry gelding went to the front with old rival Love Colony in close pursuit.  With about a quarter mile to run, Forest Bell pulled away to win by 1 ¾ lengths.  Rockmani closed strongly to gain the place.
    Forest Bell is out of the Kingmambo mare Mambo Bell… Continue reading

    2011 Colonial Downs Stake Schedule

    From Colonial Downs: 

    Colonial Downs will host 18 stakes races, including the 14th running of the Grade 2 Virginia Derby, during the 2011 summer thoroughbred meet which runs from June 8 – July 31. A total of $2,050,000 will be doled out in stakes purses over the eight week, 33 day season.
    There are several notable changes in this year’s stakes program, including a new condition for the Colonial Turf Cup, a bundling of stakes to create a… Continue reading

    PICTURES OF THE DAY

    Animal Kingdom heads to the winner’s circle with jockey Alan Garcia aboard after capturing the $500,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park race course in Florence, Ky., Saturday, March 26, 2011.

    In this photo provided by Gulfstream Park, All Due Respect with jockey Javier Castellano, right, captures the Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

    In this photo provided by Benoit Photo, jockey Corey Nakatani guides Church Camp to the winner’s circle after their victory… Continue reading