Monthly Archives: May 2008

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.

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

WHAT CAN BIG BROWN DO FOR YOU?

UPS will be the exclusive marketing partner of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Big Brown’s team of jockey Kent Desormeaux and owner IEAH Stables.

The agreement was made shortly after Big Brown’s dominating 4 3/4-length victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 3 at Churchill Downs. Desormeaux carried the UPS logo during the 134th Kentucky Derby aboard Big Brown. Desormeaux, IEAH Stables, and Big Brown will continue to carry the UPS colors throughout the Triple Crown.

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FRANK Y. WHITELEY, JR.

In this May 15, 1965 file photo, trainer Frank Y. Whiteley Jr., right, is congratulated after Tom Rolfe, left, won the Preakness horse race at Pimlico race course in Baltimore, Md. Whiteley, a Hall of Famer who trained two Horse of the Year winners and ill-fated filly Ruffian, died Friday, May 2, 2008. He was 93.

Whitely’s Preakness winner was bred by Raymond R. Guest, the father of longtime member of the Virginia General Assembly Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr.… Continue reading

SECRETARIAT 35th ANNIVERSARY ARTWORK

Internationally acclaimed artist LeRoy Neiman has created a dynamic image to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the great Secretariat winning the 99th Kentucky Derby on May 5, 1973.

Neiman’s vibrant portrayal captures the speed, beauty and grace of Secretariat and jockey Ron Turcotte as they near the finish line beneath the legendary Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. Secretariat’s brilliant final time of 1:59 2/5 for the 99th Run for the Roses established a track record that still stands today.

Neiman’s… Continue reading