Monthly Archives: May 2008

BIG BROWN HAS QUARTER CRACK

Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown has developed a “slight” quarter crack on the inside of his front left hoof, but his connections remain confident he will be 100% for the $1-million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 7.

“It scares us this happened, but this has nothing to do with his ability to finish what he started,” trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said Sunday morning. “If it were two weeks [in between the Preakness Stakes (G1) and the Belmont] I’d be nervous.… Continue reading

CONFIDENCE

You gotta love Dutrow…

We love Barclay Tagg, but he did not enjoy the media frenzy that accompanied Funny Cide’s Triple Crown attempt.

Dutrow is the anti-Barclay.

He loves the media attention and his comfort with the media and his bravado are just what the sport needs right now. While his attitude is a throwback to Joe Namath’s famous Super Bowl guarantee, it is also very pop culture as it mirrors common threads found in the NBA and NFL.

GOOD NIGHT SHIRT WINS IROQUOIS FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

Virginian’s Harold Via, Jr.’s Good Night Shirt is all grown up. The 2007 Eclipse Award winner as champion steeplechaser put on a clinic to capture his second consecutive Iroquois Steeplechase May 10 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.

Going right to the front under regular jockey Willie Dowling, Good Night Shirt set a relaxed pace and turned aside several challenges to win by 4 1/2 lengths over Best Attack with Sweet Shani third in 5:47 3/5 for the 3… Continue reading

VA-OWNED WINS THE VERY ONE STAKES

A Virginia-based brother-sister act hit pay dirt on Sunday when the $75,000 The Very One Stakes was moved from the turf to the dirt. Charles A. Smith, Jr.’s Concepts Unlimited Stable and Catherine J. Smith’s All Giving charged through a gaping hole along the rail to wrest command and draw away to win the race at Pimlico for fillies and mares named after Helen Polinger’s top Maryland-bred mare The Very One.


All Giving, 4-for-4 in her lifetime starts on off… Continue reading

FOAL PHOTOS

By Partner’s Hero, out of Cassy Wag’er by Elocutionist owned and bred by A la Carte Thoroughbreds (Ted Randolph).

By Noles, out of Succubus by Cozzene owned and bred by Sarah Warmack.

By Mighty Forum (GB), out of Girlie Attitude by Slavic owned and bred by Sarah Warmack.

A LOOK BACK AT TEDDY

With folks all around looking for change in the breeding industry the buzz words seem to be stamina and substance. Where are we supposed to get that? Well, history tends to repeat itself so here is a look back at French import Teddy who came to Virginia late in his stud career.

From TbHeritage.com:

In the first decades of the Twentieth Century, racing and breeding took on a truly international flavor. When gambling was outlawed in New York in 1908,… Continue reading

CLASS VS. SASSY

Baltimore Sun writer Kevin Van Valkenburg compares the Derby to the Preakness to determine which is best. Of course, since Van Valkenburg works for the Sun we would expect him to weigh in on the side of the Black-Eyed Susans primarily because the Second Jewel offers the Kentucky Derby winner and the hope of a Triple Crown. Something the folks at Belmont Park are also currently enjoying.

The whole story can be found here:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/horseracing/bal-horseracing0512,0,2836763.story

Here’s a preview:

The Kentucky… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

FIRST ONE TO THE SUNSHINE WINS…Big Brown emerges first out of the Pimlico grandstand’s shadow and on to the sun-drenched finish line as he wins the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Can Big Brown end the 30-year drought and lead the industry out of the storm caused by the Eight Belles breakdown in Louisville?

(Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

SHIPPING OUT…Groom Ramiro Gonzales leads Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown from the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course to a waiting van, Monday, May 19, 2008, in Baltimore. Big Brown is shipping to Belmont Park in New York for the third leg of the Triple Crown. At left is exercise rider Michelle Nevin.

(AP Photo/Rob Carr)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

TRIBUTE…Jockey Pablo Morales wears boots with a tribute to Eight Bells in the 11th race on Preakness Day. Jockeys were wearing the boots all day.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)