Monthly Archives: August 2007

VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS

August 24, 2007
Timonium – Race 4 – Linda Harding’s Virginia-bred Side Buster wins a claiming race going 4 furlongs on the dirt. Side Buster, who was bred by Concepts Unlimited, is by Housebuster, out of Als Delight by Wayne County (IRE).

August 26, 2007
Timonium – Race 3 – Murray Rojas’ Zip the Lip wins a $25,000 claiming race going four furlongs. Zip the Lip is by City Zip, out of Southern Curse by Cure the Blues. The… Continue reading

HORSE vs. FOX

Evidently, Lloyd Debruycker, who owned racehorses for over 25 years, thought he had seen everything. But…

On August 17 at Prairie Meadows, Debruycker’s 4-year-old gelding, Marin County, was making her second start for maiden special weights going a mile on the main track. The fourth race began like any other, with the field of nine breaking evenly, but as they approached the clubhouse turn, something strange happened: A small fox streaked across the track, directly into Marin County’s path.

At… Continue reading

TRF – JAMES RIVER UPDATE

By Robin Williams

On Friday, I rode Shelby, our bombproof hunting horse, over to Barn 4 and left her for the guys to play with all day. Three of them have some horse experience and three are brand-new.

I must say, seeing their eager faces and watching them with Shelby was a huge validation of everything we have been working on. One of them had brought her an apple, another one fed her carrots from his own lunch.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Attracting and educating new fans is crucial to the success of any sport; Thoroughbred racing is no different. This year, Colonial Downs’ Marketing Director Darrell Wood implemented a new in-house simulcast television show at Colonial Downs, aimed at drawing a younger audience to the sport and educating them about racing and handicapping. Wood had dreamed up the concept of “The Beauty and The Beast”: Since Colonial Downs’ resident expert handicapper, Derby Bill, is a large, imposing man over six feet… Continue reading

GENUINE RISK – OLDEST LIVING DERBY WINNER

by David Schmitz – bloodhorse.com
With the recent death of 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Gato Del Sol, Genuine Risk’s position as the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner takes on additional importance. That’s to be expected, because the daughter of Exclusive Native is currently in her 30th year. The second of only three fillies to win the Run for the Roses, Genuine Risk resides at Bertram and Diana Firestone’s Newstead Farm near Upperville, Va., where she enjoys status as… Continue reading

ANY PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY?

While the old P.T. Barnum adage is easy to question in this day and age, there was nothing wrong with the reference to Secretariat’s Belmont that recently appeared on ESPN. The terminology threw us momentarily for a loop. We weren’t really sure what a “beatdown” was, but, upon further consideration, we bet Sham knew full well.


David Schoenfield on ESPN’s Page 2 (a great source for interesting sports’ perspective) wrote a column about the worst “beatdowns” or lopsided victories. Lo… Continue reading

CASTING SECRETARIAT

Richmond Times Dispatch columnist John Markon had this to say about casting the upcoming Secretariat movie:

Word is that Disney Studios has purchased an option to film the life story of Secretariat. Hopefully, this won’t result in Big Red being ridden to victory in the Belmont Stakes by Hannah Montana or Kim Possible.

There are enough rich roles for humans in the Secretariat saga without having to invent them. In my first act as Disney’s Director of Casting, I’m going… Continue reading

CHAMPIONS CAPOTE, LIFE’S MAGIC DEAD

Capote, the only Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner to sire a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, died at age 23 on Friday at Robert and Blythe Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky.

Capote (right in Tony Leondard photo) began showing signs of neurological problems in August 2003, which eventually were diagnosed as spinal cord compression. That forced his retirement from stud duty at Three Chimneys in November 2003.

While the farm was able to manage the problem the last few… Continue reading

VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS AT SARATOGA SELECT SALE

Hip #33, Colt by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Kootenai by Deputy Minister, Bluewater Sales LLC (bred by Dinwiddie Farm in KY) — $70,000, Dogwood Stables

Hip # 40, Colt by Not For Love, out of Li Law by Known Fact, Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Inc. (bred by Mark O’Donnell in VA) — $80,000 Sheehy Brothers

Hip #55. Colt by Giant’s Causeway, out of Mossflower by Affirmed, Whitewood Stable, Inc, Walnut Green, Agent (bred by Whitewood Stable, Inc. in KY) —… Continue reading

VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS AUGUST 3 to AUGUST 7

August 3, 2007
Race 1 – Virginia-bred (and perhaps badly named) Gruesome Slew wins a claiming race for Janice D. Barrick. Gruesome Slew by Double Helping, out of Lady Gru by Gruesome was bred by Michael P. Neff. Virginian David P. Ross claimed the second place finisher Spring Honbour from Augustin Stables.

Race 2 – VTA member Sam English picks up a win when Florida-bred Delicious wins a claming race on the inner turf. Delicious, who is trained for English… Continue reading