Monthly Archives: November 2007

FIVE-TIME DERBY WINNER HARTACK DIES

(By Marcush Hersh, Daily Racing Form)

Bill Hartack, a mid-century sports icon during his heyday as a jockey, and one of only two five-time Kentucky Derby winners, died Monday at 74.

Hartack died of natural causes due to heart disease, according to Dr. Corinne Stern of the Webb County medical examiner’s office in Laredo, Texas. Stern said she had pronounced Hartack dead at about 9:30 Monday evening. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Hartack’s body was found in a cabin at a… Continue reading

DISGRACEFUL

By Gillian Gordon-Moore ( jill@dishmail.net)
The view from our bedroom window is quite spectacular with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop to an historical pre-Civil War Wickliffe Church. But this very cold night, the feeling was heart wrenching since I had just heard that there were eight horses starving to death just out of sight over the crest of a hill.

Meanwhile our fat and happy horses were casually sifting through the orchard grass to get to… Continue reading

EVANS’ HOMEBRED WINS TOP FLIGHT

(From BloodHorse.com)

A head bob determined the winner of the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap Gr.II at Aqueduct Nov. 23 when Mini Sermon prevailed by a nose over pacesetter Lady Marlboro in the one-mile race for fillies and mares.

Mini Sermon, ridden by Eibar Coa, raced on the rail in third down the backstretch. The eventual winner was in behind horses around the far turn, but Coa found running room, and swung Mini Sermon to the outside at the top of… Continue reading

PRADO WINS DASH

(From the Baltimore Sun)

Last month, Benny the Bull had all his hooves could handle in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park. Heavy rain had produced a slick and sloppy track, and the best sprinters in the world had gathered at the six-furlong course.Benny finished fourth, nine furlongs behind Midnight Lute.
But yesterday at Laurel Park in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, Benny turned the tables on Talent Search, who had finished third at… Continue reading

MEANWHILE, BACK IN JAPAN…

Admire Moon took the lead in the stretch and then held off three rivals to win the $4.6 million Japan Cup Turf at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.


Chosan held the lead before tiring with just over 200 yards remaining, with Admire Moon taking charge and finishing a head in front of Pop Rock, who was a neck ahead of Meisho Samson. Vodka was fourth in the 18-horse field.

Admire Moon was sent off at odds of 11-1, with the 4-year-old… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MAKING SURE…Virginian and horse identifier Stirling Young checks to see if McDynamo is really McDynamo.

(Photo by Tod Marks/Steeplechase Times – www.ST-Publishing.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

HOW ABOUT ONE MORE LOOK at the Colonial Cup Winner — the Via’s Good Night Shirt?

Mary McGlothlin leads Good Night Shirt to the paddock prior to the big race.

(Photo by Tod Marks/Steeplechase Times – www.ST-Publishing.com)

GOOD DAY FOR GOOD NIGHT SHIRT

Good Night Shirt faced multiple champion McDynamo three time this year, and he won two out of the three. He did it again with a late surge to win the Colonial Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course in South Carolina. In doing so, he may well have clinched the 2007 Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser.

Good Night Shirt is owned by VTA members Sonny and Ann Via of Waynesboro. A 6-year-old son of Concern, Good Night Shirt won for… Continue reading

McDYNAMO RETIRED

Following the Colonial Cup, Michael Moran announced the retirement of his superhorse McDynamo. McDynamo retires sound with a record $1.3 million in career earnings from 15 wins in 25 lifetime starts over jumps for owner Moran and trainer Sanna Hendriks. The 10-year-old won five consecutive grade I Breeders’ Cup Grand National races.


“I’m happy to retire him, and proud to own him,” Moran said. “There were so many years where we felt that degree of confidence because he’s so good,… Continue reading

BIT OF WHIMSY WINS G2 STAKE

Grade 1 winner and Colonial Downs grad Bit of Whimsy seized command in early stretch and gamely held on for a half-length win in the $174,900 Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) on November 10 at Churchill Downs.

Virginians Joyce Young’s and Gerald McManis’s Bit of Whimsy entered off a win in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) on October 13 at Keeneland Race Course. Bit of Whimsy is a Kentucky-bred by Distorted Humor, out of Kristi B. by… Continue reading