Monthly Archives: January 2009

JOCKEYS: ANIMAL PLANET

Premiering Friday, February 6, at 9 PM ET/PT, Animal Planet presents JOCKEYS, a docu-soap chronicling the lives and careers of seven 112-pound jockeys and their 1,200-pound horses. See who crosses the finish line first in the quest to win a share of more than 35 million dollars in purse money at the prestigious Oak Tree Meet. Sixty-eight years ago at Oak Tree, the infamous Seabiscuit saw his final victory, and now, these seven jockeys and their horses aspire to make… Continue reading

CURLIN NAMED HORSE OF THE YEAR

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Rather than retire, Curlin repeated as Horse of the Year.
The Dubai World Cup winner took the top honor at the Eclipse Awards once again Monday night. Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was chosen 3-year-old Male of the Year.

A year ago, Curlin co-owner Jess Jackson decided to bring his horse back as a 4-year-old. Curlin set a North American record with career earnings of $10.5 million before being retired in November.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Eclipse Award winner Good Night Shirt and Mary McLaughlin

(Photo by Catherine French)

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

Colonial Downs and the Virginia H.B.P.A. are at an impasse over racing dates. The track wants to run 25 days while the horsemen seek 45 days. A logical compromise would seem to be 35 to 40, but so far that idea hasn’t been embraced by either party either. So what is really going on here?

As best we can tell, the horsemen are trying to hold the line in hard economic times while the racetrack is trying to upgrade its… Continue reading

VA DERBY WINNER GO BETWEEN DIES

(by Ron Mitchell – The Blood-Horse)
Peter Vegso’s homebred Go Between, winner of the 2008 Pacific Classic (gr. I), died Jan. 12 following a workout at the Payson Park Training Center as the result of a heart problem.

“It’s a devastation, really,” Vegso said Jan. 13. “It’s a real blow. He was terrific. He was the epitome of the highs and lows of the breeding business.”

A 6-year-old son of Point Given trained by Bill Mott, Go Between won… Continue reading

VTA BOARD MEMBER OFF TO U.A.E.

VTA Director George Rowand and his wife Rita and son Michael have packed up from their home in Fauquier County and headed off to the United Arab Emirates – specifically Ras Al Khaimah, which is in the 7th Emirate, bordering on Oman.

Rita has a job there with George Mason University, and George will also be working on campus as a writer in residence and director of the writing center. We suspect he will also be looking for economic and… Continue reading

ICONIC HIRSCH DEAD

Joe Hirsch, the longtime columnist for the Daily Racing Form known as the dean of American turf writers, has died. He was 80.

Hirsch’s career spanned more than 50 years, and he chronicled the road to the Kentucky Derby with his detailed reports on prep races in Florida, California, Kentucky and New York.

According to Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form, “Hirsch was one of the most respected, honored figures in American racing, and the scope of his accomplishments… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MUSH! Participants of a skijoering race compete in Elbach, southern Germany. Skijoering is a winter sport originating from Scandinavia, where a horse pulls an athlete on skis. More than 5,000 spectators came to see the event.

(Photo by Oliver Lang-AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MUSH SOME MORE! Vroni Ruhsamer screams as she takes a curve with her Pony “Bert” during a fun sledge race in the Bavarian village of Elbach.Every year farmers from the region meet with their horses for the traditional race.

(Photo by Michael Dalder-Reuters)

ECLIPSE AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Matt Goins of Lexington won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Photography Achievement for his photo of jockey Frankie Dettori leaping off Donativum (GB) in the winner’s circle following his victory in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park on October 25.

The photograph appeared in Al-Adiyat, the Dubai-based racing publication, on November 6.