Monthly Archives: June 2008

PICTURES OF THE WEEKEND

FRISKY THUNDER winning the $60,000 Daniel G. Van Clief Stakes over Pleasant Strike. (Photo by Ryan Erb)

DEBBIE SUE, a former Virginia-bred champion, finds her wining form in an allowance race. (Photo by Jeff Coady/Coady photography)

TOMMY BEACH’s River Dance, one of three Viginia-bred winners on Friday, June 27, 2008. (Photo by Jeff Coady/Coady photography)

SUMMER DOLDRUMS WINS TURF…NO…WAIT…

…that doesn’t sound right.

If you live in the Northern half of the state, you know that the Washington Post has dramatically curtailed it’s coverage of horse racing over the past 15 years. While they still employ a knowledgeable racing writer in Jon Scheinman, the editors remain ambivalent about the Sport of Kings.

On Sunday, that scenario reached an unfortunate zenith in the coverage of Sailor’s Cap victory in the $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup. Here’s what the Sunday Post had… Continue reading

COLONIAL TURF CUP DAY RACES

EAGLE POINT FARMS’ Crafty Wind wasn’t looking to cooperate in the winner’s circle. Trainer Karen Dennehy (right) steers while parents Donna and Steve Dennehy look on. Donna is the president of the VTA and on the board of the VHBPA.

Simon Hobson’s Jeffersonton (a small village near Culpeper, VA) was second.
VIRGINIAN David Ross won the second race “The Victims of Nick’s Picks” Purse with Cherokee Spirit. That’s Nick Hahn pointing at his tip sheet that touted the winner. Get… Continue reading

COLONIAL TURF CUP DAY VA-BRED AWARDS

HORSE OF THE YEAR CHRISTMAS KID: (from left) Ryan Pauley, David and Melanie Watson, Diana, Chris and Emma Baker.

CHAMPION OLDER MARE SWEETDOWNTHELANE: (from left) Peter Pegg of Pegg Thoroughbred Services and Audley Farm manager Dr. Jens Von Lepel.

CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD PLEASANT STRIKE: (from left) Erin Keely and Spring Hill Farm Yearling Manager Dave Keely.
CHAMPION OLDER MALE KONA BLEND: (from left) Frank Shipp, manager of Lazy Lane Farm and VHBPA Executive Director Frank Petremalo.

CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLDER FILLY HOW BOUT… Continue reading

FORMER BLOOD-HORSE EDITOR LAUNCHES “THE PAULICK REPORT”

For 15 years, Ray Paulick was a leading industry voice as the editor in chief of The Blood-Horse. Earlier this week, Paulick launched a next-generation online publication, The Paulick Report (www.paulickreport.com), which aims to be the Thoroughbred industry’s independent voice for news, analysis and commentary.

Modeled after the success of web-based publications including Real Clear Politics, The Huffington Post and Drudge Report, The Paulick Report will feature reporting and analysis on a wide range of topics.

The Paulick… Continue reading

EXPERTS IN DELAY?

by John Scheinman, Thoroughbred Times

Some of the leading names in Thoroughbred racing gathered Thursday before members of the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection and asked for congressional help to remedy problems of on-track deaths of horses, medication, and breeding that plague the industry.

The twin themes of the hearing in Washington were racing’s inability to execute uniform policy across its 38 governing jurisdictions as well as a sport overrun by damaging drug… Continue reading

HORSEMEN, RCI LEFT OUT OF CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

by Jeff Lowe

Horsemen’s organizations were among several industry factions whose representatives were surprised and concerned that they did not have a voice in the congressional hearing on drugs and horse racing on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International also did not receive a place at the table among 13 witnesses who were invited to testify in the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection’s hearing titled “Breeding, Drugs and Breakdowns.”

With trainer Richard Dutrow… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Colonial Downs track photographer Jeff Coady has some problems with his umbrella just before the start of the Colonial Turf Cup race Saturday.

(Photo by Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

Jockey Alan Garcia riding Sailor’s Cap is congratulated after winning the Colonial Turf Cup Saturday at Colonial Downs.

(Photo by Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

Nice hat…is that blue cheese?

A woman wearing an outlandish hat arrives at Ascot racecourse during ‘Ladies Day’ at Royal Ascot, in southern England, on June 19, 2008.

(Photo by Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)