Yearly Archives: 2008

OLD MAN MIDWATCH DOES IT AGAIN

On Derby day, Edgar Prado scored a front running victory aboard Jim Falk’s Midwatch in the $60,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes.

Midwatch set a pressured pace in the 1 1/16-mile turf test before opening up a 2½ length lead in midstretch. The 9-year-old Sea Hero gelding had to dig deep in the final furlong to hold off Hunting Print’s furious late rally by a slender nose.

Midwatch likes big days. He previously won an overnight stake on the same card as… Continue reading

VA CONNECTIONS ON DERBY DAY

Kinross Farm’s Poplar Grove broke his maiden on Virginia Derby day. Trained by Neil Morris, the gelding by Albert the Great out of Cactus Bell by Gone West won by two lengths.

(Photo by Dee Leftwich – Coady Photography)

DA HOSS STAKES

Marshall Dowell’s Mint Slewlep closed stubbornly to wear down 8-5 favorite Salinja for a sharp win in the $60,000 Da Hoss Stakes July 5th at Colonial Downs.

(Photo by Coady Photography)

CHASING THE PRIZE JUST MISSES TRACK RECORD

David A. Ross’ Chasing the Prize just missed earning the honor of track record holder by a fifth of a second with a dominating allowance win at Colonial Downs on July 7th.

Chasing the Prize ran the six furlongs on Colonial’s main track in 1:08.76, just a tick off Satan’s Code record 1:08.48 clocking.

Chasing the Prize willingly rated off a brisk early pace set by longshot Frankie W, who spurted to the lead through a quarter in :21.86 while… Continue reading

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

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

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)