Monthly Archives: July 2007

VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS JULY 20 to 24

July 20, 2007
Race 9 – Virginia-bred Seasmart wins a maiden claiming race on the dirt for owner/trainer John McCormack. Homebred Seasmart is by Malibu Moon, out of Smart Rosy by Smarten.

July 21, 2007

Race 1 – Virginia-bred Frisky Thunder wins a $26,500 maiden special weight for breeder Braeburn Farm. The winner of the opening race on the Virginia Derby card, is by Thunder Rumble, out of Port St. Mary (GB) by Seattle Slew. Frisky Thunder is trained by… Continue reading

V75 POOL CARRYOVER REACHES $15.1 MILLION

Carryover? $15.1 million? Say what?

And, of course, you say what is a V75 Pool? Excellent question. It’s a pick 7 pool from Sweden and we aren’t sure if its harness or flat racing. Like that helps.

With no winners of even the minimum five races last Saturday, there will be a carryover pool of $15.1 million going into this Saturday’s Swedish V75 races.

The V75 races are run every Saturday in Sweden, with wagering available at worldwide outlets —… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

READY OR NOT. Ready’s Image ridden by John Velazquez captures The Sanford stakes at Saratoga Race Course on July 26, 2007.

(Photo by AP Photo/NYTA)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NOT SO SUBTLE. Subtle Aly, ridden by Edgar Prado, races ahead of Blitzing, with Shaun Bridgmohan riding, (8), during the Schuylerville stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

(Photo by Adam Coglianese/NYRA/AP Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NO J-WALKING. Traffic is stopped as trainers take horses for a morning workout at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Wednesday, July 25, 2007. The 139th horse racing season at Saratoga opened Wednesday.

(Photo by Mike Groll/AP Photo)

ATTENDANCE AND HANDLE SKYROCKET

Without the burden of competition from events like the Delaware Oaks and the National Claiming Crown, Virginia Derby day shattered records for both attendance and handle. Last year 6,615 folks showed up at the New Kent track and they bet $484,629 (according to Equibase). This year, 8,695 made the trip and they pushed $645,364 through the mutuel windows. That’s an increase of 33% in on track handle and 31% in attendance.

Simulcast wagering from Virginia OTB’s increased 29% from $124,667… Continue reading

AND DOWN THE STRETCH…

THEY COME. Red Giant (purple silks) drives down the lane in the center of the rack in route to winning the $1,000,000 Virginia Derby Gr. II at Colonial Downs.
(Photo by Diane Cebula, Daily Press)

ATTENDANCE AND HANDLE…

INCREASED DRAMATICALLY at this year’s Virginia Derby. At the same time a big crowd was at the track in New Kent, millions of Americans watched the live national television broadcast of the race on CBS. Here Aidan Ryan of Alexandria enjoys the elevated view from the shoulders of his dad Scott.
(Photo by Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press)

JOLLY RED GIANT…

WINS THE HEAD BOB with Strike A Deal who also lost the $750,000 Colonial Turf Cup by the same margin. Red Giant was one of three horses entered by trainer Todd Pletcher and the longest shot in the field. He paid $76.00 for the win and set up a $338.60 exacta, a $5,114.40 triple and a $9,695.00 superfecta.

Yike.

(Photo by Jeff Coady/Coady Photography)

RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE…

FOR THE REST OF THE KITTEN’S JOY FIELD as Stronarch Stables’ Jungle Fighter captured the second running of the $60,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes. The race is named after the winner of the 2005 Virginia Derby. (Photo by TarDog)