Monthly Archives: December 2007

EVANS’ NIGHT LIGHT WINS N.Y. STAKE

by Jason Shandler, The Blood-Horse

Edward P. Evans’ Nite Light stalked the pace, took over at the half-mile pole and easily extended his lead in the stretch, taking the $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap by 10 comfortable lengths, and in the process denied Successful Affair’s bid to repeat in the 1 5/8-mile route on Dec. 29 at Aqueduct.

It was the third consecutive victory for the lightly-raced 3-year-old son of Thunder Gulch and his second straight stakes score. Back on Dec.… Continue reading

MINOR PURCHASES HISTORIC PROPERTY

Virginia entrepreneur, Halsey Minor has purchased Carter’s Grove Plantation — an 18th-century mansion built by one of Virginia’s founding families — for $15.3 million from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The property includes a Georgian-style mansion and 400 acres that are subject to a conservation easement, as well as 76 acres adjoining the property.

The foundation has owned the 35-room, two-story home and land since 1969. Citing financial pressure, the foundation announced plans to close Carter’s Grove to the… Continue reading

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

From everyone at the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and the Virginia H.B.P.A., the warmest wishes for this holiday season!

IS MAGNA SUICIDAL OR JUST PLAIN DUMB?

Every time I get a little bit exasperated with racing and breeding here in good old Virginia, I simply glance north to Maryland.

Last week’s news of the firing of popular track executive Lou Raffetto made we wonder if, in fact, Magna is suicidal and Maryland is simply doomed?

In a press release issues last week, the race track conglomerate that has done little lately except for hemorrhage money and alienate people, said Raffetto would leave immediately to “pursue other… Continue reading

MID-ATLANTIC STEROIDS BAN OFFICIAL

(http://www.bloodhorse.com/ – by Tom LaMarra)

As expected, states in the Mid-Atlantic region have announced they are working to implement a ban on anabolic steroids in racehorses effective April 1, 2008.

The regulations in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia will employ the model rule devised by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and endorsed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

A joint release was issued Nov. 30. It said the April 1 date was chosen… Continue reading