Monthly Archives: October 2007

RESULTS FROM OAK RIDGE

The $5,000 The VHBPA Starter Allowance Flat, about 1 1/4 miles on the turf: 1) Xtra Smart, Carl Rafter, Tim White, Alix White, $3,000; 2) Meshwaar, Alan Rice, William Aylor, Jr., Doris J. Brooks, $900; 3) Silver Wheat, Jeff Murphy, Teddy Mulligan, Northfield Farm, LLC, $500; 4) Remy Christine, Richard Boucher, Lilith Boucher, Lilith Boucher, $250; 5) Karoke Joe, Rylee Zimmerman, Brad MacKinnon, J.V.M. Stable, $200; 6) Summerville, Russell Hayes, Bruce Haynes, Anne Haynes, $150.

AR: Smart Colony, Mine… Continue reading

VTA SPONSORS RIDE

The VTA recently helped sponsor the Friends of the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol Beach Ride. The event took place on October 21, 2007 and riders traveled a newe route through Fort Story, past the historic lighthouse and onto the beach.

The organizers advertised the event as BYOH — Bring Your Own Horse.

It looks like fun…

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SLOPPY IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT…Big rain plagued the Breeders Cup, but Curlin, who excelled in the going, was unfazed.

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

$3,000,000 WORTH OF MUD, and a bunch of it is on Curlin’s face…Robby Albarado crosses the finish line aboard Curlin on his way to winning the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Monmouth Park.

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

IS HE SMILING? The horse, that is…English Channel the 2005 Virginia Derby winner all alone and cruising to victory in the $3,000,000 John Deere Breeders Cup Turf Gr.I.

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

LIKE OLD TIMES…Kip Deville (8), with jockey Cornelio Velasquez, runner up to Showing Up in the 2006 $1,000,0000 Colonial Turf Cup, runs just inside of 2005 $200,000 Virginia Oaks winner My Typhoon (10), early on during the $2,000,000 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Ironically, Kip Deville would finish first, and My Typhoon would finish last.

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

BREEDERS CUP ON TV

Timarwa, riden by Mick Kinane, during morning workouts October 26, 2007 in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

ESPN will broadcast the action on both Friday and Saturday. The races will be on ESPN2 on Friday and on ESPN on Saturday.

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, ESPN2, 4 – 6 p.m. ET
Races:
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

SATURDAY, Oct. 27, Monmouth Park, ESPN, 12 – 7 p.m.… Continue reading

BOOK SIGNING

On Thursday evening, Nov 1, the Galloping Grape will be hosting a book signing and wine tasting with author and ABC Person of the Week Marianne Du Toit. Du Toit is promoting her travel/adventure book, titled Crying with Cockroaches- Argentina to New York with Two Horses. Marianne’s route took her through various parts of Virginia including both Warrenton and Middleburg.

Crying with Cockroaches tells the story of an undertaking against the odds: a journey considered by many to be a… Continue reading

CAREER CHANGE

Looks like Virginia-bred stakes winner Run The Light is headed for a career change. As stakes winner in 2006 at Colonial Downs for his breeder Edward P. Evans, Run The Light has been sold to well known steeplechase owner Kinross Farm. Kinross’s connections, Zohar and Lisa Ben-Dov along with their trainer Neil Morris, are no strangers to the winner’s circle at jump races all up and down the east coast.

Run the Light, who won the $60,000 Daniel G. Van… Continue reading

TELEPHONE WAGERING

Telephone wagering in Virginia is booming. This year $30 million will be wagered through various licensed Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies such as TVG, Xpress Bet, Twin Spires and Colonial Downs’ EZ Horseplay.

This month Colonial is offering a $50 free match if you open a new EZ Horseplay account. Just in time for this weekend’s Breeders Cup. In addition, the VTA receives a small percentage of each wager from the Colonial platform for reinvestment in the industry.