Monthly Archives: August 2011

VA OWNER/BREEDER DAVID P. REYNOLDS DIES AT 96

David P. Reynolds, former CEO of Reynolds Metals Co. died at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond on Monday after a period of declining health.  He was 96.
The youngest of four sons of company founder Richard S. Reynolds, Mr. Reynolds led the development of Reynolds Wrap household aluminum foil and the aluminum beverage can for beer and soft drinks over a 50 year career.

He earned a reputation as an environmentalist and was an industry leader in consumer… Continue reading

LAZY LANE BREEDS SARATOGA GRADED STAKES WINNER FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

HOT SUMMER (NYRA Photo)

For the second straight year Joe Allbritton’s Lazy Lane Farm has produced a graded stakes winner at Saratoga – last year the Upperville nursery produced Position Limit who won the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes Gr.II and this year homebred Hot Summer captured the $102,000 Victory Ride Stakes Gr.III on Saturday’s Travers undercard.

Hot Summer, by Malibu Moon out of stakes placed Summer Delight by Quiet American,  passed six opponents in the final quarter-mile to gain the… Continue reading

VA-BRED SILVERSIDE WINS GROUP 2 STAKE IN GERMANY

SILVERSIDE (Galoppfoto.de)

Germany’s  top sprint, the Goldene Peitsche (Golden Whip) G2 at Baden-Baden, ended with a surprise on Sunday as the French trained outsider Silverside  strode clear in the final furlong.

Virginia-bred and Spanish-owned, 17-1 shot Silverside scored by 2½ lengths over Smooth Operator, with British challenger Rose Blossom just grabbing fourth on the line.
Silverside has been running all over, and trainer Sanchez said: “He may have been an outsider but his win was no surprise to… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINNERS

Classy Zip (f, 3yo), City Zip – Hanna’s Harmony by Stormin Fever. B – David Ross. Penn National, 8/27/2011, stk, $30,000, 5 f, 0:57.17.
Dr. D R (c, 3yo), Borrego – Celtic Raven by Miesque’s Son. B – Erika Keller Rozell & Russell N. Calder Race Course, 8/26/2011, clmg, $6,780, 8 f, 1:42.60. ($13,500, yrlg, 2009, ftkfeb; $8,500, yrlg, 2009, obsaug)
Hot Summer (f, 3yo), Malibu Moon – Summer Delight by Quiet American. B – Lazy Lane Farms Inc. Saratoga,… Continue reading

CLASSY ZIP WINS PENN NATIONAL TURF STAKE

CLASSY ZIP

Virginia-bred Classy Zip, winless in three previous tries on turf, drew clear in the stretch to collect her first stakes victory in Saturday’s  $50,000 Allison McClay Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Penn National.

Based in Maryland with trainer Mike Pino, Classy Zip ($14.60) began her career by winning three straight races on Polytrack at Woodbine while racing for a claiming tag. Her best performances on grass prior to Saturday came when she finished third in an overnight… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Acclamation and jockey Pat Valenzuela hustled to the front and held off Twirling Candy in a tight stretch duel to win the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) by a head on Sunday at Del Mar.  (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Jockeys race along the beach during the annual beach horse race at Sanlucar de Barrameda, near Cadiz, on August 27, 2011. (Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP)

Champion Uncle Mo battled gamely in the closing strides of his first start since April… Continue reading

VBF YEARLING FUTURITY CANCELLED

Hurricane Irene is still off the coast of Florida after literally raising cane in the Caribbean but she can already claim another victim – the 2011 Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity scheduled for this Sunday has been cancelled.
“We started getting calls from concerned exhibitors on Tuesday,” said VTA Executive Director Glenn Petty. “We don’t think it makes much sense to ask breeders to take a yearling on its first trip off the farm in the rain – hurricane or… Continue reading

FIELD OF TEN HEADING INTO $1 MILLION TRAVERS

BY WAY OF CLN, MAGGIE WOLFENDALE
(Eric Miller/The Saratogian)

Preakness winner Shackleford, Belmont winner Ruler On Ice, Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty and Haskell winner Coil were among the top choices when post positions were drawn and morning line odds established for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers.

All are considered top runners in the division, and a Travers victory added to any of their resumes would put him ahead of the class in what’s been a rollercoaster year.

PICTURES OF THE DAY

In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Bigger Is Bettor, with Abel Lezcano aboard, captures The Albany horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Socialsaul, with Javier Castellano aboard, finished in second place. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association)

This photo released by Benoit Photo shows Kretz Racing’s John Johny Jak and jockey Joel Rosario, second from right, storming by Red Sun (Joseph Talamo), right, and Leroy’s Dynameaux (Garrett Gomez), left,… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINNERS

Boston Pops Band (c, 5yo), Bowman’s Band – Boston Princess by Hay Halo. B – Sally Ann Yeckley & Gerald B Yeckley Jr. Penn National, 8/16/2011, clmg, $7,200, 8.5 f, 1:46.45.
Daytime (c, 4yo), Seeking Daylight – Maria’s Crown by Maria’s Mon. B – Falk James H. Sr.  Charles Town, 8/19/2011, mdn clmg, $9,000, 6.5 f, 1:21.88.
Keystone Kid (g, 7yo), Service Stripe – Egret by Alwuhush. B – Keswick Stables. Fairmount Park, 8/16/2011, clmg, $2,760, 8.3 f, 1:47.20.… Continue reading