Monthly Archives: September 2007

YEARLING COCKTAILS

The Virginia Tech MARE Center and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association will be hosting a cocktail party and yearling preview at the Center on Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 pm. Cocktails and heavy hors d’ouevers and other refreshments will be served, and a preview of some of the Center’s auction yearlings will begin at 7 p.m. The party and the preview will be held at the Center’s Sales Pavilion. The dress is causal. To RSVP contact the VTA by October… Continue reading

RACING THROUGH IRELAND

It started out as a golf trip to one of the Meccas of the sport – Ireland. Places like Ballybunion, Lahinch and Waterville annually make all the lists of “best ofs” when it comes to the world’s greatest golf courses. When I agreed to fill in for a buddy who had an unresolvable conflict, I was delighted to learn that the week in question was chosen for a variety of reasons including “they are racing at Listowel.”… Continue reading

INNER CITY KIDS GO COUNTRY

On September 15th, a group of children from the Washington, DC inner city experienced a day of country farm life, complete with fresh air, green grass and Thoroughbreds, thanks to the joint efforts of The Thoroughbred Network, the Bungalow Foundation, the Virginia Tech MARE Center and a group of caring horsemen.

The Thoroughbred Network and the Bungalow Foundation created a “Name the Foal Contest,” seeking donations for the opportunity to name a Thoroughbred racehorse. The proceeds of the contest are… Continue reading

JAMES RIVER TRF

Polly Bance and Bill Collins delivered the first Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation horses to James River Correctional Center’s Barn 4 last on Sept. 6, 2007. After 18 months of anticipation,
counselor and program coordinator Heather Mitchell was overjoyed at the sight of those horse trailers. The horses came from Polly’s TRF herd of ex-racehorses. Inmates, staff and volunteers were all smiles. Barn 4 looks great after its renovation, and the field allotted to the horses has good new fencing and wonderful… Continue reading

BACK FROM IRELAND

The Curragh on Goffs Million Day.


Listowel races.

Dogs allowed at Listowel described by the locals as a country meet. Darley won the first race we saw and there were 25,000 people there. Country?

GOOD NIGHT SHIRT GOOD AGAIN

(By: Joe Clancy, st-publishing.com)

Virginian (and VTA member) Sonny Via’s Good Night Shirt spent 45 days in trainer Jack Fisher’s field – playing with other Thoroughbreds, standing in the pond, rolling, running, getting dirty and swatting flies.

If that doesn’t sound like a vacation to you, it’s Club Med to a horse. Iroquois winner Good Night Shirt made his first start since May a winning one with a powerful run in the $168,400 Lonesome Glory Stakes at Belmont Park Saturday.… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

UPSET. Coming off a narrow and hard-luck loss to Lady Joanne in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, West Point Stable’s Lear’s Princess, on the outside, outduels Belmont Stakes winner Rags To Riches in Saturday’s Grade 1 Gazelle Stakes for 3-year-old filles at Belmont Park.

(Photo by Tod Marks – ST-Publishing.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THE RED MONKEY? After waiting more than a year for his much-anticipated debut, The Green Monkey, a $16 million purchase at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old-in-training sales at Calder, finished a distant third Saturday at Belmont Park, beaten 7 lengths by Roi Maudit.

(Photo by Tod Marks – ST-Publishing.com)

OFF TO IRELAND

The blog will take a brief nap while we head off to the Emerald Isle…look for future reports from The Curragh and Listowel.

EQUINE TRIVIA

Equine Trivia Nights at the Iron Bridge Wine Company

Thoroughbred Network will be holding a series of equine trivia nights every Tuesday in October from 6 to 8 pm at the Iron Bridge Wine Company in Warrenton. You must be 21 or older to participate. Pre-registration is not necessary, but space is limited to the first 12 teams to sign up. Contestants will form or be placed in teams of four to answer trivia questions on a wide range of… Continue reading