Monthly Archives: June 2009

KARAMANOS RETURNS WITH A WIN

Horacio Karamanos, the leading all time rider at Colonial Downs, made his 2009 season debut at the New Kent track Monday evening and he immediately made his presence felt.

After riding in Argentina for the first three weeks of Colonial‘s annual summer stand, Karamanos, nicknamed “Special K” in the Commonwealth, earned a third aboard Ferris Allen’s Bellatrix O in his first start back. He followed with another third atop Lord Smellington, a long shot in the fifth that paid $13.40… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINNERS’ PHOTOS JUNE 19-22

All winner’s photos are courtesy of Jeff Coady and Coady Photography.

Click on image for a better view of the photo.

To get a copy of a Coady photography/Winner’s Circle photo go to the Coady website by clicking here.

“INTERNATIONAL HARMONIZATION” – WELL, IF YOU PUT IT THAT WAY, WE’RE ‘ALL IN’

From the Jockey Club (edited):

Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will discuss the importance of and need for international harmonization of medication policies when he delivers the keynote address at The Jockey Club’s 57th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday, August 23.

Romanet has served as chairman of the IFHA since its creation in 1993. As the single representative body… Continue reading

WELFARE AND SAFETY SUMMIT COMMITTEE RELEASES FREE EDUCATIONAL DVD ON HOOF CARE

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit’s Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee is now offering a free educational DVD entitled, “The Hoof: Inside and Out” that examines the physiology of the equine hoof and demonstrates proper care and shoeing techniques.

“The hoof is the foundation of equine performance so it is imperative that those entrusted with the well-being of racehorses possess the knowledge necessary to properly care for and maintain this core component of equine locomotion,” said WinStar Farm… Continue reading

MORE LIKE NASCAR, LESS LIKE THE CIRCUS?

Bobby Jones, the manager of BryLynn Farm near Ocala wrote a column for the Blood-Horse’s “Final Turn” recently called Get In The ‘Zone.’

He was describing his experience at the Daytona 500 which included the “NASCAR Experience” located in the infield in an area called the “Fan Zone.” Here for a set price, fans get to go to the garage and watch the cars get ready to race and grab an autograph or two. Add to that a rock band,… Continue reading

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

POETRY IN MOTION. A crowd watches the Lipizzan ballet at the Imperial Palace in Vienna on June 25, 2009. For 430 years, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna has practiced and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition.

The hall was outfitted by baroque architect Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach between 1729 and 1735. It was originally built to provide aristocratic youths with the opportunity to take riding instruction.

(Photos by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

ANOTHER LOOK AT A CHAMP. Undefeated Zenyatta, Mike Smith up, wins Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA.

(Photo by Anthony Andrews/Horsephotos.com)

VIRGINIA-BRED CHAMPIONS HONORED

M. Tyson Gilpin Virginia-bred Horse of the Year – Winchester: Mark Deane accepts the trophy on behalf of owners/breeders Mr. and Mrs. Bert Firestone from VTA President Donna Dennehy.

The Horse of the Year Award was sponsored by Randy Rouse.

Collecting the complete set – decanter, ice bucket and a set of glasses for each Virginia-bred Champion – on behalf of Edward P. Evans is Denis Byrne, Kenny Edwards, Lisa Reynolds and Meredith Park.

Champion Virginia-bred Older Mare – Debbie… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

Coupe De Ville (c, 5yo), Trempolino – Best Victory (FR) by =Cadoudal (FR). B – Eldon Farm LLC. Colonial Downs, 6 /28/2009, mdn clmg, winner’s share of purse $17,700, 18 f, 4:17.05.

Enjoyable (f, 7yo), Holy Bull – Tears Of Joy by Mt. Livermore. B – Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone. Colonial Downs, 6 /23/2009, clmg, winner’s share of purse $18,560, 5 f, 0:59.44.

Hideaway (g, 5yo), Out Of Place – Untouchable Gold by Dixieland Band. B – Lazy… Continue reading

HICKORY TREE FEATURED IN NEW MID-ATLANTIC THOROUGHBRED

We’ve know about Hickory Tree Farm for years especially while James P. Mills, Sr. was still alive and stallions such as Hagley called the Middleburg farm home.

What we didn’t know was some of the history revealed in a feature article in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred this month. The farm, which is now owned by Jim and Mary Lea Treptow, transplanted Texans, was developed into a horse property by William Ziegler, Jr. the heir to the Royal Baking Powder fortune. He used… Continue reading