Monthly Archives: May 2009

RACHEL ALEXANDRA OUT OF BELMONT, BOREL TO GO FOR PERSONAL TRIPLE CROWN ON DERBY WINNER

Rachel Alexandra will pass on the Belmont and Calvin Borel will go for a first ever jockey Triple Crown.

“While she is in great shape … we feel Rachel deserves a well-earned vacation,” the Preakness-winning filly’s co-owner Jess Jackson said a statement issued late Friday afternoon.

Calvin Borel will get back on Mine The Bird with a chance to become the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont on different horses.

Mine That Bird, meanwhile, will… Continue reading

CHARITABLE MAN TO BREEZE IF WEATHER ALLOWS

Continued wet weather in the New York metropolitan area has left the final serious works of several contenders for the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 6 up in the air. Most importantly, the list includes Virginia-bred Charitable Man.


Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Charitable Man, winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes, might wait until Sunday or even Monday to breeze.

“We always leave a window of a day or so,” said McLaughlin,… Continue reading

QUALITY ROAD BACK IN TRAINING

Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Quality Road (pictured here as a foal), who came off the Triple Crown trail with a right front quarter crack sustained before the Kentucky Derby, has resumed training, said trainer Jimmy Jerkens.


The bay son of Elusive Quality, owned and bred by Edward P. Evans, galloped Thursday and Friday morning after having the quarter crack patched on Tuesday.

“He seemed glad to get out,” said Jerkens of Virginia-bred Quality Road, who had been confined to… Continue reading

OPINION: RACHEL ALEXANDRA SHOULD SKIP THE BELMONT

Why?

Short answer: History. Long Answer: Keep reading.

Exactly what does Rachel Alexandra have to prove by winning the Belmont Stakes?

We say absolutely nothing.

Two weeks ago, she became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness off a stunning 20.25 length victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

How would winning another jewel of the Triple Crown over the archaic, and now little used, distance of 12 furlongs, add to her value? Simply put, it wouldn’t.

Her appearance… Continue reading

WAGERING UP AT PIMLICO SPRING MEET

The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course last weekend, posting average wagering figures that were 8.9 percent higher than comparable dates from 2008.

The spring meet featured just 20 live racing dates, 11 fewer than a year ago. When comparing the 41 days of the stand (20 live and 21 simulcast) with 2008, the average daily handle rose from $6.293 million to $6.854 million.

Increased wagering for the May 16 card headlined by Preakness Stakes… Continue reading

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You’ve got to respect Charitable Man, he’s a monster on that racetrack,” Chip Woolley said when asked about who he fears in the upcoming Belmont Stakes. Woolley said you have to respect all of the competitors in the race.


The comment was made today during an NTRA conference call.

ARE MULTI-STATE CIRCUITS THE ANSWER?

Virginia Racing Commissioner Trip Ferguson tipped us off to this story today.

Bill Finley writing for ESPN.com thinks horseracing needs fewer days of live racing and racing circuits to solve the horse population problem and to create a better live racing product.

He may well be right, but Virginia wasn’t part of any of his hypothetical circuits. He seems to think that Maryland and Delaware should form a circuit, but no mention of Colonial Downs.

To read the article, click here.

ARLINGTON CLASSIC WINNER HAS NO VIRGINIA TRAVEL PLANS

According to the Daily Racing Form, Giant Oak who won the Arlington Classic last weekend isn’t considering the big turf stakes at Colonial Downs…

Chris Block is an Arlington Park kind of guy, and there is little doubt where Giant Oak will make his next start after impressively winning the Arlington Classic here last Saturday. Sure, there are scads of 3-year-old turf money out on the table at Colonial Downs, which has two rich races, the Colonial Turf Cup and… Continue reading

NEW CLINIC AT BELMONT

An $18 million equine hospital named for the superstar filly Ruffian has opened near Belmont Park, and will specialize in diagnostics and orthopedic surgery for horses of all breeds and disciplines.


Before the Ruffian Equine Medical Center opened, horses that required evaluation or surgery were usually shipped three hours away to the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, or five hours to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The medical practice will be led by Dr. James Hunt and chief surgeon… Continue reading

WASHINGTON POST: VIRGINIA’S VANISHING BREED

For the past three weeks, we have been working with Washington Post reporter Tara Bahrampour on a story about the decline of Thoroughbred breeding industry in Virginia. Obviously, we were trying to send a message to the Virginia General Assembly about what’s wrong and how to fix it…

The story spent some time on the front page of WashingtonPost.com — right up until President Obama released his Supreme Court nominee…

The story got legs during Quality Road’s Kentucky Derby preparations… Continue reading