Monthly Archives: June 2011

NICK’S PICKS, THURSDAY, JUNE 30TH AT COLONIAL DOWNS

SELF-SADDLERS

If you happened to be hanging around the winner’s circle looking for the owner and trainer of yesterday’s winners, chances are you were coming up a man short.  Four of yesterday’s winners were saddled by their owners.  Starting with the bomb that opened the evening’s racing, Fred Tuller 123-1 shot Gavan’s Repent,  paid $248.20 on a $2 win ticket.  The win sent Colonial officials scrambling through their archives to see if it was the largest… Continue reading

WHOSE PICTURE IS NEXT?
(HEY, WE MADE IT BEFORE POST TIME)

Take a look at today’s compelling fields at Colonial.  First race, 14 entered, choice 5-2; 2nd race, 8 entered, choice 2-1; 3rd race, 14 entered, choice 7-2; 11 entered, choice 7-2.  I can make a case to go deep in today’s fields and comfortable reach for longshots.  This composition of racing is working for Colonial, at least it’s what I want from racing in Virginia. … Continue reading

“PATTI” NAMED MISS TRF

MISS TRF PATTI

After sorting through over 11,000 votes, Colonial Downs and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) at James River officials announced that Patti was the winner of the first ever “Miss TRF” equine beauty competition Saturday evening at Colonial Downs.

Nine mares entered the competition, and thru on line votes accumulated over a week’s time, the top three vote getters advanced to Colonial Downs as a finalist in Saturday’s “Ladies Night” event.
The top three included Patti, and eleven-year-old… Continue reading

COUNTRY COUSIN WINS ZEKE

COUNTRY COUSIN (Susan M. Carter Photo)

Nicole Perry’s Country Cousin came from twelve lengths back after clearing the final hurdle to pass front-running Your Sum Man and capture the 14th running of the $50,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase Stakes (NSA Gr. III) Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs.

Country Cousin sat mid-pack in the six horse stakes field through the top of the stretch, content to let betting choice Your Sum Man cut early fractions. Halfway through, fifth place… Continue reading

SATURDAY AT COLONIAL DOWNS

SUPREME (Coady Photography)

For the second straight year, an all female amateur riders race and a $50,000 fillies and mares stakes headlined Ladies Night festivities at Colonial Downs.

Sandee Beattie, a trainer based at Penn National, rode her horse Silver Brew to a tight victory in a thrilling Amateur Riders Club of America (ARCA) race. The $5,000 claiming event for fillies and mares on turf saw Silver Brew and Home Grown Lass run neck and neck down the stretch. Beattie’s… Continue reading

JOHN HENRY ROUSON – EQUINE ARTIST OF DISTINCTION

John Henry Rouson (1908-2000) was highly regarded worldwide as a painter of racehorses. He painted several Triple Crown Winners and Racing Hall of Fame members, including Secretariat, as well as a number of magnificent racing scenes. His paintings have graced the cover of Turf magazine multiple times, as well as several other publications.

Rouson also painted the Canadian Horse of the Year and Queen’s Plate winner for the Canadian Jockey Club for many years. His paintings hang in honor at… Continue reading

PICTURES/VIDEO OF THE DAY

A view of the damaged barn 23 used by trainer Steve Margolis at Churchill Downs after an apparent tornado struck the track in Louisville, Kentucky, June 23, 2011.  No injuries were reported. (Reuters Photo)

William Buick riding Lemon Drop Red win The Janes Solicitors Handicap Stakes at Brighton racecourse on June 28, 2011 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Malibu Pier, right, and jockey Brice Blanc win the Grade III, $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap Sunday, June… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

Beacon Hall (c, 3yo), Yes It’s True – Pink Champagne by Awesome Again. B – Audley Farm.
PRX, 6/20/2011, clmg, $13,200, 6 f, 1:09.59. ($20,000, yrlg, 2009, keesep)
Big D (c, 4yo), Tapit – Beguile by =Prince Sabo (GB). B – Donna M Hayes. PRX, 6 /20/2011, clmg, $16,200, 8.3 f, 1:42.86. ($17,000, yrlg, 2008, ftmoct)
Bright Green (f, 3yo), Pleasantly Perfect – Green Light by Sheikh Albadou (GB). B – Evans edward P. Colonial Downs, 6/23/2011, mdn clmg, $8,410,… Continue reading

VA-BRED BUSTER’S READY WINS GRADE 1 MOTHER GOOSE

(Horsephotos.com/NTRA)

Virginia-bred Buster’s Ready dominated the Grade 1, $250,000 Mother Goose for 3-year-old fillies, beating Joyful Victory, the 4-5 favorite, by 4 1/4 lengths on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The race got off to a strange start as the extremely rank Alseera broke on top. Her jockey, Alan Garcia, struggled for control before the filly bolted to the outside fence down the backstretch.
That unexpected event left Salty Strike and Buster’s Ready, with John Velazquez aboard, dueling for the lead.… Continue reading