Monthly Archives: April 2008


(from the Blood-Horse)

Hickory Tree Stables’ Rebellion, idle since running eighth in the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT), stormed down the lane April 12 to catch longshot Elite Squadron by a head in the final strides in the $400,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO) on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Trained by Graham Motion, Rebellion was eighth and six-wide after a half-mile in the seven-furlong event. It was not until the stretch drive that the 5-year-old son… Continue reading


The folks with the Virginia State Fair that organize the Strawberry Hill races were kind enough to invite us to a reception at the races Saturday. Colonial Downs also offered us a nice invite to their infield tent as well.

Watching a steeplechase meet from the 4th floor Turf Club and sky suites was an interesting experience. It provided a great bird’s eye view of the course and the sea of tents and people that were parked on the Colonial… Continue reading

Comply Or Die Wins Grand National

Comply Or Die produced a gutsy jumping display to win the Grand National at Aintree and hand a first success in the famous steeplechase to jockey Timmy Murphy and trainer David Pipe on Saturday.

The 7-1 well-backed joint favorite triumphed by four lengths from King Johns Castle (20-1), ridden by Paul Carberry, with Snowy Morning (16-1) a further length-and-a-half back in third after the four-and-a-half mile 30-fence marathon.

Irishman Murphy, 33, was always going well on Comply Or Die and… Continue reading


Colt by St Avril out of the Citidancer mare Fancy Dancer. Foaled at Run Aweigh Stable Farmville, Va.

(Rebecca Shepherd photo)

Colt by Rubyiat out of the Allens Prospect mare Dress Fancy. Foaled at Run Aweigh Stable Farmville, Va.

(Rebecca Shepherd photo)


Stallion Prospect – No Cost Lease.

ONE TOUGH DUDE (2001) by Rubyiat-Dress Fancy By Allen’s Prospect

Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
34 9 5 7 $236,113

Raced in NY, NJ and Penn won from 6F to 1 1/16. He is fully vetted and available for viewing at Ingleside Training in Montpelier Station, Va.

This is a wonderful animal who will prove to be a great stallion,if given a chance. We simply don’t have the facilities to stand a stallion but… Continue reading


From Blood-Horse: Steven Roark, president of Jacobs Enterntainment, in a March 28 telephone interview said any potential sale of Colonial Downs and nine related off-track wagering outlets was on hold for now, and the company’s operation of the track was “business as usual.”

“Right now we are getting ready for the (July 19) Virginia Derby (gr. II) and the 2008 meet,” Roark said of the 45-day meet scheduled to run June 9- Aug. 6. “I mean if somebody came in… Continue reading