Monthly Archives: February 2009

CASH BROKER

Richard P. Harris, Jr.’s homebred Cash Broker got the VHBPA Spring Point-to-Point series off to a fast start winning the $2,000 VHBPA Virginia Bred/Sired Flat race at the Casanova Hunt Point-to-Point on Saturday.

(Photo by Douglas Lees)

JOCK: THE MOVIE

Ocala native Jason Neff is raising funds for JOCK, a feature-length documentary that will explore how horseracing’s first female jockeys (including Barbara Jo Rubin, pictured left) broke down barriers forty-years ago.

The Florida State grad is hoping to complete the film next year and have it appear in movie theaters in time celebrate the 40th anniversary of Diane Crump’s history-making ride at Hialeah on February 7, 1969.

JOCK about the first generation of female jockeys who in the late… Continue reading

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

The folks in Switzerland think it’s a great idea to run races and play polo in the ice and snow. We’ve go no beef with that, but what would worry us is the simple fact that they do it on a frozen lake.

Here, polo players for the Cartier (red) and Maybach teams compete in the “Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow” which is held on the frozen Lake of St. Moritz.

Franco Moro, pulled by Peredur, right, and Harald… Continue reading

2009 COLONIAL LIVE MEET SET(?)

On last Wednesday, the Virginia Racing Commission assigned 40 days of live racing to Colonial Downs for 2009. The track had requested 25, and the Virginia H.B.P.A. had countered with a 45 day request (the same as in 2008).

The VRC, at its meeting in January, had suggested two possible compromises. While Colonial Downs did not embrace either compromise, they are required to run the mandated days. The agreement calls for the VA HBPA to provide the “gap funding” which… Continue reading

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

Maybe it would be better titled “What the hell is going on here?”

Simply put, Halsey Minor is suing the city of Hialeah.

At first blush, that doesn’t make much sense. However, a closer look reveals an interesting strategy by the entrepreneur and horse racing fan.

Minor, the techo-millionaire who owns and operates Carter’s Grove Plantation in Williamsburg, has been unable to make a deal to purchase Hialeah Park from owner John Burnetti, so now he’s suing the city of… Continue reading

VTA STALLION AUCTION PROGENY

Russel Road winning the $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel in January.

His breeder, Robert H. Lloyd, purchased a season to Wheaton in the 2005 VTA Stallion Season Auction, and the resulting foal won five out of six races last year and $202,530.

In his only start at three, Russell Road won the Dancing Count to up his total career earnings up to $232,905.

(Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

NICE MUG

Colonial Downs’ all-time leading trainer, Ferris Allen, is featured in the Breeders Fund’s full page ad in the February Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Riders jump a fence during the Williamhill.com Play Poker Graduation Steeple Chase during the race meeting at Kempton Racecourse on February 7, 2009 in Sunbury-on-Thames, England.

(Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

JOCKEYS DEBUTS FRIDAY NIGHT

This is a great example of guerrilla marketing. Here is a spoof handicapping video put up on YouTube by Animal Planet to promote the series “Jockeys.”

“Jockeys” premieres Friday, February 6 at 9 pm e/p.

NO CHARITY CASE

Edward P. Evans’ homebred Charitable Man, by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado, is the highest ranked Virginia-bred (117 lbs.) on the Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap.

Charitable Man raced twice in 2008, breaking his maiden impressively at Saratoga and then winning the $250,000 Belmont Futurity Gr. 2. He finished the year with earnings of $187,200.

(Photo by Adam Coglianese/NYRA photo)