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

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

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)

DREAMING OF ANNA…

WENT WIRE-TO-WIRE utilizing the reasonable opening fractions of 24.13 and 48.08. Things got quicker from there with a six furlong time of 1:11.78 and a mile fraction of 1:35.13. The final time for the $200,000 Virginia Oaks was 1:47.38. (Photo by Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press)

COLONIAL DOWNS OWNER…

AND CHAIRMAN OF JACOBS INVESTMENTS Jeff Jacobs in the paddock with former Virginia Racing Commission Chairman Robin Williams (hat) and his Jacobs’ wife Linda.
(Photo by TarDog)

IN THE PADDOCK…

PRIOR TO THE DERBY, Anna Blair Poulson with her mom, retired Virginia Racing Commission Chairman and breeder Anne Poulson with Jill Gordon-Moore of Corner Farm of Berryville. Moore serves on Board of Directors of both the VTA and the VHBPA.
(Photo by TarDog)

CHRISTMAS IN JULY?

NOT QUITE. Edward P. Evans’ Virginia-bred Christmas Kid, with Kent Desormeaux up, finished third beaten just 2 1/1 lengths in the $200,000 Virginia Oaks.
(Photo by TarDog)

THE OAKS BETTING FAVORITE…

BIT OF WHIMSY with Edgar Prado up in the paddock. By Distored Rumor, out of Kristi B. by El Prado (IRE), Bit of Whimsy was bred in Kentucky by Virginians Bonner Young and Joyce B. Rowand. Barclay Tagg trains.
(Photo by TarDog)

PLAY BY THE RULES…

…OR ANSWER TO THIS GROUP – Racing Commissioners Mark Brown (left) and Chairman Peter Burnett (center) with Assistant Attorney General Amy Dillwerth and Dave Lermond, Jr. Director of Pari-Mutuels.
(Photo by TarDog)