Yearly Archives: 2007

EVANS’ NIGHT LIGHT WINS N.Y. STAKE

by Jason Shandler, The Blood-Horse

Edward P. Evans’ Nite Light stalked the pace, took over at the half-mile pole and easily extended his lead in the stretch, taking the $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap by 10 comfortable lengths, and in the process denied Successful Affair’s bid to repeat in the 1 5/8-mile route on Dec. 29 at Aqueduct.

It was the third consecutive victory for the lightly-raced 3-year-old son of Thunder Gulch and his second straight stakes score. Back on Dec.… Continue reading

MINOR PURCHASES HISTORIC PROPERTY

Virginia entrepreneur, Halsey Minor has purchased Carter’s Grove Plantation — an 18th-century mansion built by one of Virginia’s founding families — for $15.3 million from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The property includes a Georgian-style mansion and 400 acres that are subject to a conservation easement, as well as 76 acres adjoining the property.

The foundation has owned the 35-room, two-story home and land since 1969. Citing financial pressure, the foundation announced plans to close Carter’s Grove to the… Continue reading

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

From everyone at the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and the Virginia H.B.P.A., the warmest wishes for this holiday season!

IS MAGNA SUICIDAL OR JUST PLAIN DUMB?

Every time I get a little bit exasperated with racing and breeding here in good old Virginia, I simply glance north to Maryland.

Last week’s news of the firing of popular track executive Lou Raffetto made we wonder if, in fact, Magna is suicidal and Maryland is simply doomed?

In a press release issues last week, the race track conglomerate that has done little lately except for hemorrhage money and alienate people, said Raffetto would leave immediately to “pursue other… Continue reading

MID-ATLANTIC STEROIDS BAN OFFICIAL

(http://www.bloodhorse.com/ – by Tom LaMarra)

As expected, states in the Mid-Atlantic region have announced they are working to implement a ban on anabolic steroids in racehorses effective April 1, 2008.

The regulations in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia will employ the model rule devised by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and endorsed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

A joint release was issued Nov. 30. It said the April 1 date was chosen… Continue reading

FIVE-TIME DERBY WINNER HARTACK DIES

(By Marcush Hersh, Daily Racing Form)

Bill Hartack, a mid-century sports icon during his heyday as a jockey, and one of only two five-time Kentucky Derby winners, died Monday at 74.

Hartack died of natural causes due to heart disease, according to Dr. Corinne Stern of the Webb County medical examiner’s office in Laredo, Texas. Stern said she had pronounced Hartack dead at about 9:30 Monday evening. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Hartack’s body was found in a cabin at a… Continue reading

DISGRACEFUL

By Gillian Gordon-Moore ( jill@dishmail.net)
The view from our bedroom window is quite spectacular with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop to an historical pre-Civil War Wickliffe Church. But this very cold night, the feeling was heart wrenching since I had just heard that there were eight horses starving to death just out of sight over the crest of a hill.

Meanwhile our fat and happy horses were casually sifting through the orchard grass to get to… Continue reading

EVANS’ HOMEBRED WINS TOP FLIGHT

(From BloodHorse.com)

A head bob determined the winner of the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap Gr.II at Aqueduct Nov. 23 when Mini Sermon prevailed by a nose over pacesetter Lady Marlboro in the one-mile race for fillies and mares.

Mini Sermon, ridden by Eibar Coa, raced on the rail in third down the backstretch. The eventual winner was in behind horses around the far turn, but Coa found running room, and swung Mini Sermon to the outside at the top of… Continue reading

MEANWHILE, BACK IN JAPAN…

Admire Moon took the lead in the stretch and then held off three rivals to win the $4.6 million Japan Cup Turf at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.


Chosan held the lead before tiring with just over 200 yards remaining, with Admire Moon taking charge and finishing a head in front of Pop Rock, who was a neck ahead of Meisho Samson. Vodka was fourth in the 18-horse field.

Admire Moon was sent off at odds of 11-1, with the 4-year-old… Continue reading

McDYNAMO RETIRED

Following the Colonial Cup, Michael Moran announced the retirement of his superhorse McDynamo. McDynamo retires sound with a record $1.3 million in career earnings from 15 wins in 25 lifetime starts over jumps for owner Moran and trainer Sanna Hendriks. The 10-year-old won five consecutive grade I Breeders’ Cup Grand National races.


“I’m happy to retire him, and proud to own him,” Moran said. “There were so many years where we felt that degree of confidence because he’s so good,… Continue reading