Monthly Archives: June 2008

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

The Prince of Wales stakes at Ascot racecourse during ‘Ladies Day’ at Royal Ascot, in southern England, on June 19, 2008.

At least it wasn’t raining…

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

COLONIAL TURF CUP

Adriano (chestnut) returns to turf Saturday June 21 as the probable favorite in the $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. III) at Colonial Downs, the first leg of the $5 million-plus Jacobs Investments Grand Slam of Grass.

Adriano burst into the national consciousness with a dominant 6¾ length win in a turf allowance at Gulfstream in January. The A.P. Indy colt failed in his dirt debut, the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream but rebounded in the Lanes’s End… Continue reading

ALL ALONG STAKES

Rutherienne (left) headlines a tough field of ten fillies and mares in the $200,000 All Along Stakes (gr. III) Saturday June 21 at Colonial Downs.

Rutherienne comes into the 1 1/8 miles All Along off a rare loss in the Grade I Gamely Handicap. The 4-year-old Pulpit filly is nine for 12 lifetime, including a two length win in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. I) last summer over likely second choice Valbenny. Rutherienne won the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. II)… Continue reading

OAKLEY STAKES

Edward P. Evans’ Ghost Dancing lived up to her billing with a 1¼-length victory in the $60,000 Oakley Stakes Sunday June 15 at Colonial Downs.

(Photo by Jeff Coady/Coady Photography)

FIRST VA-BRED STAKES WINNER OF THE 2008 MEET

The $60,000 John D. Marsh was won by Frisky Thunder. It was his fourth win from 15 lifetime starts and pushed his bankroll past the $100,000 mark.

James Murphy trains Frisky Thunder for Virginia-based Braeburn Farm.

(Photo by Jeff Coady/Coady Photography)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Curlin, right, under jockey Robby Albarado, draws away from Barcola, center, and Einstein, far left, to win the Stephen Foster Handicap horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Jun. 14, 2008.

(AP Photo/Garry Jones)

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

The first Virginia-bred to make the most of the new 100% bonus was Steve Long’s Louzeeanna Swing, by Louis Quatorze, out of Class Sing by Class Secret. The three-year-old filly was bred by Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud and trained by Ferris Allen.

Louzeeanna’s victory in the $7,500 claiming race with a published purse of $10,500 turned out to be an impressive $11,970.

(Photo by Jeff Coady/Coady Photographer)

THE BELMONT STAKES EXPLAINED

Well, “explained” is a bit misleading.

How about, a few theories espoused…?

First off, we don’t think the quarter crack was a factor.

The steroid – Winstrol – that the trainer had used in April and May leading up to the race probably wasn’t to blame either. The mainstream media would have you believe that if you took Winstrol, you’d turn into Brian Urlacher and then when you stopped you would suddenly be Alfred E. Newman. That’s not exactly how… Continue reading

BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

Former Blood-Horse editor Ray Paulick now writes for ESPN. Here’s his piece on Saturday’s Belmont:


Trainer Rick Dutrow said he was “numb” as he watched his failed Triple Crown runner, Big Brown, stagger across the finish line far behind the rest of the field in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
Weren’t we all.
Many of us had numbed ourselves into rooting for the horse to become the sport’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. We pulled for him, even though… Continue reading

COLONIAL DOWNS: WEATHERING UPS AND DOWNS

Dave Fairbank of the Newport News Daily Press wrote a good article last Friday:

Turns out the only thing that Colonial Downs is isolated from is people.

The equine palace off of I-64 opens its 12th season Monday amid as rich and interesting a backdrop as the track has ever experienced.

Historic achievement, soaring gas prices, reasonably priced entertainment, a soft economy, dead animals and antagonistic legislators. Oh, and by the way, the owner has the joint up for sale.… Continue reading