Monthly Archives: August 2009

NY TURF WRITER’S CUP WINNER HAS BLUE BLOOD

According to Joe Clancy of the Steeplechase Times/Saratoga Special, students of pedigree would have taken note of the Spy In The Sky…

Spy In The Sky didn’t start life as an underdog. Bred by Gainsborough Farm, he hails from a rich family.

His dam Monaassabaat is a half-sister to the dams of Grade I winner Storming Home and 2009 Ballerina starter Music Note. Spy In The Sky’s granddam It’s In the Air was a champion for Harbor View Farm and… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

David and Liz Lis got the opportunity to meet the great filly Rachel Alexandra after winning a drawing called the Triple Crown Connection.
(Skip Dickstein /Albany Times Union)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Ashley Herriman places the silks for the jockey who will be aboard Quality Road at post position No. 4 during the 140th running of The Shadewell Travers Stakes on Saturday at the Saratoga Race Course.

(Photo by Erica Miller/The Saratogian)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

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BOARD/BORED OF THE FLIES

The August Virginia Racing Commission meeting was interesting. An owner, who is also an attorney, was there to appeal a disqualification. His was the first item on the agenda and the stewards presented their reasons for the DQ, and then the owner presented his appeal endeavoring to explain why the stewards were wrong.

When the commissioners left the room to deliberate, Iain Woolnough, the former GM of Colonial Downs who now runs… Continue reading

VTA AUGUST BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING SUMMARY

The Board of Directors of the VTA met on Tuesday, August 25. This was the first meeting for the nine new board members now serving two year terms.

Directors Present: William Backer; Chris Baker; Robert Bouse; Dr. Maurice Casey; Wayne Chatfield-Taylor; James H. Falk, Sr.; Jill Gordon-Moore; Dr. E. C. Hart; Leanne Hester; Joan Jones; Louisa Lenehan; Jim Morris; Ernest M. Oare; O. J. Peterson, III; Brooke Royster; Mignon C. Smith; Dr. Jens Von Lepel.

Also Attending: Glenn Petty; Heather… Continue reading

EVANS EXACTA IN THE TRAVERS?

Virginia breeder and owner Edward P. Evans is having an amazing year. While he has consistently stood alone atop the breeders list in the Commonwealth by earnings for all of this decade, this year he has bred and/or raced six Grade I stakes horses (by our count, and we may have missed one!).

(Evans is content to run his Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, VA with the help of manager Chris Baker with a minimal amount of public fanfare. Here,… Continue reading

MINOR’S ATTEMPTS TO BECOME RACETRACK OWNER THWARTED

Virginia-bred millionaire internet entrepreneur Halsey Minor’s endeavors to gain control of both Hialeah and the Magna racetracks have hit various roadblocks.


In Florida, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge has denied Minor’s ’s efforts to prove John Brunetti does not own the famed South Florida racetrack.

Regarding purchasing Magna’s available racetracks, it appears Minor has given up in frustration due to the lack of cooperation from MEC bankruptcy officials.

He recently told the Paulick Report all about it.

NEWS FLASH: KY DERBY BIRD OUT OF TRAVERS

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will not run in Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes Gr.I as his connections remain leery about running him just 11 days after undergoing throat surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis.


“We’ve decided to err on the side of caution: we’re going to pass this race up and aim down the road at the Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Chip Woolley announced at 8:45 Wednesday morning.

“There’s one little spot underneath the epiglottis kind of pushing… Continue reading

VIRGINIA HORSES CAN’T CAPTURE ALABAMA

There was a concern that Rachel Alexandra might enter the Alabama and literally run off from the other three-year-old fillies. That is exactly what happened, but it wasn’t Rachel that cruised to a 11 length victory, but Delaware Oaks Gr.II victor Careless Jewel.

Trained by Josie Carroll, Donna and Vern Dubinsky’s Careless Jewel acted up while loading in the starting gate, then had to be steadied by Robert Landry as she went wide on the first turn. Despite the antics,… Continue reading

ONE-QUARTER OF TRAVERS FIELD COULD BE EVANS’ VA-BREDS

With Rachel Alexandra declaring that her next start will be the Woodward Stakes Gr.I against older horses on September 5 at Saratoga, a field of eight seems to be taking shape for the140th running of the $1,000,000 Shadwell Travers Stakes Gr.I this Saturday at the… Continue reading