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

NEW TRACK OPENS IN PENNSYLVANIA

by RANDY MOSS – ESPN/Horseracing

Quick now, and no peeking: which four American tracks are offering the most purse money for upcoming Labor Day weekend races?

If you said Saratoga, Del Mar, Philadelphia Park and Presque Isle Downs, proceed to the head of the slot machine line.

The renaissance of Pennsylvania horse racing shifts into a higher gear with Saturday’s opening of Presque Isle Downs and Monday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park, the richest race ever run in… Continue reading

31-1 SHOT PAYS $0 TO SHOW

OK, it’s a fair meet in Nebraska, but how does this happen?

When Special West finished second at 31-1 in the final race Monday night at Columbus he, unbelievably, had no money wagered on him to show. El Cyclone, the 5-2 favorite in the field of nine, won the race and returned $7.20 to win, $7 to place, and $5.60 to show. Special West paid $83.20 and $0. Third-place finisher Poor Davey paid $6.40.

Because no money was wagered to… 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

PICTURE OF THE DAY

JUMP STAKE. Footlights, ridden by Xavier Aizpuru, captures the New York Turf Writers Cup steeplechase at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

(AP Photo/New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

CORN? We plant a pepper garden annually at the VTA office. It’s a great spot that gets lots of morning sun and our production has been quite prodigious in the past. One September recently, we had 168 Habenero pepper plants on one plant — not that anybody could eat 168 Habeneros

This year we decided to dress things up with some Black Eyed Susans (primarily to hide the water meter) and some Zenias which have clearly taken over to… 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