Monthly Archives: November 2007


(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


By Gillian Gordon-Moore (
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



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


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


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


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


VTA member, Dr. Francis Bush of Richmond has just released his third book titled Famous Horsewomen of Virginia. The 165 page coffee table book features the accomplishments of 23 women associated with Thoroughbred horse racing. The book shares their stories and recognizes their respective contributions to the industry.

Dr. Bush has also written a book about horse racing in Virginia and one about Paul Mellon.

A book release celebration reception will be held on Novermber 27 at 6 pm at… Continue reading


Sales at Keeneland’s November breeding stock auction remained higher than last year after Thursday’s session, where $4.6 million was paid for 259 horses, a 20.9 percent climb from the comparable session in 2006.

The day’s top price went for Whole Emblem, a 3-year-old filly by Our Emblem sold as a broodmare prospect. She sold for $130,000 to Big D Stables and was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as agent. The filly is a half-ssiter to Grade II Monmouth Breeders’… Continue reading


A FIELD OF GREYS…A field of all grey thoroughbreds breaks from the gate in the annual Grey Ghost Starter Handicap at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. on Halloween night.

(AP Photo/Equi-Photo, Bill Denver)