Yearly Archives: 2008

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

LONG WAY FROM COLONIAL DOWNS. In this photo provided by Benoit Photo, Laragh and jockey Edgar Prado, right, outrun Wynning Ride, second from left, and Alpha Kitten, left, to win the Grade I $438,500 Hollywood Starlet horse race on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif.

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VA DERBY RUNNER-UP WINS HOLLYWOOD DERBY

Thoroughbred Times (edited) – Virginia Derby runner-up Court Vision completed a last-to-first rally under Ramon Dominguez to secure his first Grade 1 win in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Trained by Racing Hall of Fame member Bill Mott for owners IEAH Stables and WinStar Farm, Court Vision closed with a rush from the outside to win by three-quarters of a length over runner-up Cowboy Cal. The three-year-old Gulch colt covered 1¼ miles in 2:01.43 on… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

BIG CROWD AT JAPAN CUP. Over 100,000 racing fans watched jockey Mirco Demuro riding Screen Hero (c) win the $5.5 million Japan Cup 2008 at Tokyo Racecourse on November 30, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan.

(Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

BUMPER STICKER OF THE WEEK

…and not the one about rabbits.

Seen in Warrenton last week.

GRADED STAKES WINNER NOW A FOXHUNTER

Marshall Dowell’s retired graded stakes winner Scrappy T has found a new home, and Michael Copley of PowhatanToday.com has chronicled his new life.

Scrappy T (orange and black silks) had enough graded stakes earnings to run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) but ran in the Withers (gr. III) at Aqueduct instead, which he won. Three weeks later he was the runner up in the Preakness (gr. I) to Afleet Alex in a memorable Triple Crown race because the… Continue reading

REEVES PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE

Paintings of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat and 1972 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Riva Ridge by Richard Stone Reeves will be released as limited edition prints and sold to benefit the Secretariat Foundation.

“Meadow Champions” will be limited to 350 hand-numbered editions with the individual prints measuring 19 inches by 19 inches. Each will be signed by Secretariat Foundation founder Penny Chenery, whose Meadow Stable raced both horses.

This also will be the first and only… Continue reading

DERBY BILL & CO.

Michael Dempsey wrote a nice story about Derby Bill and Kyle Fitzgerald who were both let go recently by Colonial Downs. The original article appears on Turf ‘n’ Sport.com.

DINOSAUR?

The just closed Colonial Downs OTB on Military Highway in Chesapeake, VA. The facility was Colonial’s first here in the Commonwealth opening in early 1996.

As computer and telephone wagering become more popular, will the traditional OTB become a thing of the past?

MWLBOURNE CUP

Australia’s Melbourne Cup is the down under version of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup all rolled into one. There are parties and parades to celebrate the past winners and the main event is a major stop on the sporting calendar. Over 107,000 fans turned out to Flemington Racecourse and the race produced more than $150 million wagers. The race itself did not disappoint.

Forty-three years after he trained his first Melbourne Cup winner, Bart Cummings made it an even… Continue reading