Monthly Archives: April 2013

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

Excessiveness (f, 3yo), Exchange Rate – Vicki Vallencourt by Regal Classic. B – Audley Farm. Keeneland, 4/25/2013, str alwc, $17,400, 8.5 f, 1:46.50. ($75,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)

Misty in Malibu (f, 4yo), Malibu Moon – Misty Rain by Rubiano. B – Chance Farm. Pimlico, 4/27/2013, alwc, $23,940, 8.5 f, 1:44.63.
Pauper’s Queen (f, 5yo), Royal Academy – Regallino by Robellino. B – Atkins Homes, Inc. Atlantic City, 4/25/2013, str alwc, $9,000, 8.18 f, 1:42.55.
Razzo Succo (g, 4yo), Indian Charlie… Continue reading

VIRGINIANS WIN MARYLAND HUNT CUP

By Joe Clancy, www.ThisIsHorseRacing.com


(L) PROFESSOR MAXWELL (Douglas Lees Photo)
For a day with only one race, the Maryland Hunt Cup packs more drama than a week of Law and Order episodes. Run for the 117th time Saturday, the timber classic delivered again.


In his third try at the race, Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Professor Maxwell ran and jumped near the front throughout, emerged with a clear lead from a near-melee at the 21st fence… Continue reading

TWO NEW RACING WEB PAGES

Two new racing web sites are now available.

www.thisishorseracing.comis the cyber version of Steeplechase Times and the old STPublishing web site. 

Joe and Sean Clancy began their writing odyssey in 1994 when they started Steeplechase Times (ST) and later the Saratoga Special.  They developed those two products and the Thoroughbred Racing Calendar for some nine years before launching the new web site. Former Thoroughbred Times employee Tom Law joined the brothers thisyar.

In addition, the team can… Continue reading

NEW BOOK ON BATTLESHIP OUT

St. Martin’s Press “Battleship: A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America’s Horse” by Dorothy Ours.

The Rail: The New York Times Horse Racing Blog:
Is there life after college? If the only horse race you watch is the Kentucky Derby, you might not think so.
Developmentally, the beautiful babies who run for the roses every first Saturday in May aren’t grown up enough to be college graduates. The Derby winner is more like the Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel,… Continue reading

VA-OWNED DAYDREAMIN GRACIE WINS PIMLICO STAKES

DVAYDREAMIN GRACIE (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Charlottesville-based PTK LLC’s Daydreamin Gracie swept by the pacesetter and stormed to victory in the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes, the first of two stakes on Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.  Daydreamin Gracie is a Maryland-bred by Domestic Dispute, out of Matti’s Pic by Piccolino.

Garry Cruise was at the reins for trainer Dane Kobiskie for the first time as the daughter of Domestic Dispute beat seven other Maryland-bred fillies and mares in… Continue reading

QUOTE OF THE DAY

CODE WEST (AP Photo/Churchill Downs, Reed Palmer)

“He could be in the Derby, but I don’t think he would be competitive enough to run one, two, three … so we’re going to hold off on him.”
— Trainer Bob Baffert on Virginia-bred Code West.  Baffert has been pointing the son of Lemon Drop Kid toward the June 8 Belmont Stakes all Spring.

KENTUCKY DERBY DOINGS

Trainer Shug McGaughey fields questions from the media after the morning excercise session in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Marvin Abrego rides Frac Daddy during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Gary Stevens rides Oxbow during the morning exercise session… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

My Meadowview Farm LLC’s Abstraction (Leandro Goncalves) was bottled up most of the way, but when he finally angled out for clear sailing, he spurted to the lead and drew away to win the $75,750 Federico Tesio Stakes for three-year-olds at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. (Jim McCue/MarylandJockey Club).

Stephen Baster riding Friday Hussy crosses the line on the inside to win Race 1 BMW Handicap during Melbourne racing at Caulfield Racecourse on April 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

Bella the Princess (f, 4yo), Chapel Royal – Toe in the Water by Bertrando. B – Audley Farm. Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 4/20/2013, clmg, $6,600, 7 f, 1:28.89. ($4,500, yrlg, 2010, ftmoct)

Class Launch (f, 7yo), Waquoit – Class Babe by Class Secret. B – Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud LLC. Tryon, 4/20/2013, mdn clmg, $6,000, 19 f, 4:47.00.
Country Lyric (c, 3yo), Stephen Got Even – Caramel Custard by Chief Honcho. B – Mr. & Mrs. Bertram… Continue reading

VLADYKOV WINS AGAIN

(Liz Callar Photo)

As the old song went “Hey, when you’re hot, you’re hot,” and who’s been hotter than Sara Collete’s Vladykov who won his third Virginia-bred/sired flat race at Blue Ridge on Sunday.  Add, to the Silver Train’s gelding’s win skein the $2,000 Woodley Cup.


Vladykov, with Jacob Roberts up, rallied to catch Prima Facie and Eilidh Grant after the latter had opened up a big lead. The now-three time winner in the series won off handily by… Continue reading