Monthly Archives: August 2009

PHOTO GALLERY: VBF $15,000 Yearling Futurity

Full results and more photos of the winners tomorrow. Click on pictures for a better view.

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

New York Holiday (g, 4yo), Harlan’s Holiday – Sequins by Northern Fashion. B – Keswick Stables. Saratoga, 8 /29/2009, clmg, winner’s share of purse: $24,000, 9 f, 1:52.93. ($125,000, yrlg, 2006, ftsaug)

Oneforlove (f, 5yo), Not For Love – One Account by Private Account. B – Paisley Thomas J Dr. Penn National, 8 /28/2009, clmg, winner’s share of purse: $7,800, 6 f, 1:13.87. ($30,000, wnlg, 2004, ftmdec)

Prized Edition (c, 2yo), Prized – Rekindled Romance by Relaunch. B – Hackman… Continue reading

AUGUST VHBPA MEETING SUMMARY

The Virginia HBPA Board of Directors met Tuesday, August 25th, for its regular monthly meeting. The Board reviewed the just completed summer race meet at Colonial Downs and discussed the need to increase purse money for next year’s meet.

The Board also discussed better coordination with the VTA on a program of Virginia restricted races to promote breeding in the state.

An election of all 14 Board members was scheduled for December 15th. Members serve three year terms. Any one… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

In this photo released by the New York Racing Association, Icon Project, with jockey Julien Leparoux, captures the Personal Ensign stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009.

In this photo released by Benoit Photo, R.D. Hubbard’s Spring House and jockey Alex Solis, left, overpower Sir Dave and jockey Joel Rosario, right, to win the Grade II Del Mar Handicap horse race by a narrow margin, on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Del Mar… Continue reading

THE BELMONT BIRD WINS TRAVERS – VA-BREDS FINISH THIRD, FOURTH

The Belmont Stakes winner, Summer Bird, splashed his way to victory in the $1 million Travers Stakes at rain-soaked Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. Hold Me Back, who made his last start in the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs was second, followed by Virginia-breds Quality Road and Charitable Man.

In completing the Belmont-Travers double, Summer Bird joins his sire, Birdstone, who did it in 2004. Summer Bird is the 30th horse to win both races.

A crowd of 34,221 (down… Continue reading

TRAVERS UNDERCARD SUMMARY RESULTS

KINGS BISHOP: Capt. Candyman Can was declared the winner of the $300,000 King’s Bishop Stakes after first-place finisher Vineyard Haven was disqualified by the stewards for interference in the stretch. Vineyard Haven, ridden by Alan Garcia, bumped Capt. Candyman Can several times as they dueled for the lead.

BALLERINA: Music Note ($13.60) outdueled Indian Blessing in the stretch and splashed her way to a 5 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Ballerina Stakes for older fillies and mares. Informed Decision, who… Continue reading

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

Our Edge, with jockey Alan Garcia, goes airborne as he jumps a large puddle at the start of the Travers. (Skip Dickstein / Times Union)

Fans stand along the rail with umbrellas before the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Virginia-bred Quality Road, the likely favorite in today’s $1 million Travers Stakes Gr.I, keeps an eye out for the competition.

(Photo by Nicole Buttis)

YOU CAN HAVE MY HORSE, BUT DON’T TOUCH MY HAT

If it’s her you want

I don’t care about that
You can have my girl
But don’t touch my hat
– Lyle Lovett

Some folks, like Lyle Lovett, are serious about their hats. I’m one of those people. I suppose it could have something to due with a lack of hair. I have uncounted baseball caps and I typically wear one at some point each day. My wife is constantly after me to throw some away, and once, in a… Continue reading

VIRGINIANS UPSET $100,000 SARATOGA STEEPLECHASE STAKE

Virginians Jim Carter, and his wife Melinda, own Randleston Farm in Bluemont. They started out some years ago with the modest goal of maintaining a few broodmares, but, as often happens, the barn filled up with a string of flat runners and steeplechasers.

How fortuitous.

Yesterday, the Carters and Virginia-based trainer Jimmy Day of Berryville teamed up with Spy In The Sky and jockey Liam McVicar to upset the $100,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Gr.I at Saratoga.

In doing… Continue reading