Monthly Archives: March 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SECRETARIAT!

Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the birth of Virginia-bred Triple Crown winner Secretariat.

Bill Millsaps, retired executive editor of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, was a reporter, columnist and editor for the sports department of the newspaper from 1966 through 1991.

He was asked to write about his memories of Secretariat. To read more, click here.

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

Blues Doctor (g, 4yo), Makin – Mystery Blues by Border Guard. B – Digon Judith N.Charles Town, 3 /25/2010, clmg, $6,600, 4.5 f, 0:53.05.

Chalice Bearer (f, 5yo), Vicar – Allison’s Duchesse by Noble Title. B – Sam E. English II. Charles Town, 3 /25/2010, alwc, $16,800, 6.5 f, 1:19.89.

Crazy Like A Fox (f, 6yo), West Acre – Mindgames by Believe It. B – Donna M. Hayes.Laurel Race Course, 3 /26/2010, clmg, $5,700, 6 f, 1:14.40.

Deep Down (f,… Continue reading

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’m very excited. First time stretching out, so he was in uncharted waters. He answered that question very well. I’m very, very happy with his stretch out, absolutely. He fought hard. … I thought the horse gave it all he had. I was very, very proud of his effort.”

– Tony Dutrow, who conditions Virginia-bred A Little Warm who led almost every step of the $750,000 Louisiana Derby finishing second.

But when pressed about the colt running on the first… Continue reading

SPY IN THE SKY WINS CAROLINA CUP

Paddy Young rode Spy in the Sky (r) to victory in the 78th running of the $75,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup Steeplechase Grade II in front of 68,000 spectators.

The 6-year-old gelding I sowned by Jim and Melinda Carter’s Randelston Farm and is trained by Virginia-based conditioner Jimmy Day.

Young said he thought Saturday’s ideal weather conditions were a factor in the victory. The past two years, the race was run in wet conditions.

“It’s always nice to get a… Continue reading

RESEARCHER WINS CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC PREP

Saturday night, Rutledge Farm’s Virginia-bred Researcher, making his second start of the year, toyed with five foes in an open allowance test that served as the local prep for the Charles Town Classic. Mark Russell’s Russell Road (a product of the VTA stallion auction), a nine-time stakes winner at Charles Town, finished second also making his second start of the year.

Researcher, a 6-year-old Virginia-bred gelding by Two Smart out of the Apalachee mare Wild Magnolia, won the 1 1/16-mile… Continue reading

HORSE RACING IN CHINA?

Racing isn’t completely legal in China, but that hasn’t kept the Dubai-based Meydan City Corporation from announcing plans for a billion dollar equine center in China’s Tianjin province. The project is a joint venture with TAK Design Consultants of Malaysia, Zhouji Jiye and Tianjin Farm Group of China.

The plan calls for an equine college, a feed plant, breeding and quarantine facilities as well as an equine hospital. Down the road, the plan also calls for a racetrack, five-star to… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Indian Dance and Louis Garcia winning Saturday’s feature, the $70,000 Harrison E. Johnston Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park. (Photo by Jim McCue/MJC)

The world’s richest Thoroughbred race, the $10-million Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), was decided by the slimmest of margins on Saturday at Meydan Racecourse as a $4-million photo finish was needed to determine the winner.

Group 1 winner Gloria de Campeao (Brz) and South African Group 3 winner Lizard’s Desire flashed across the finish line together with… Continue reading

VA RACING COMMISSION APPROVES PURSE CONTRACT

At its regular monthly meeting in March the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) approved a three year horsemen’s purse contract between the Virginia HBPA and Colonial Downs. The new contract settles for the next three years (2010-2012) the contentious issue of race days.

Throughout that period both sides agree to seek approval from the VRC of at least 40 race days each summer at the New Kent, Virginia track. In the past Colonial Downs has argued for fewer days.

MARYLAND RACETRACK SETTLEMENT LINKS

*Potential buyers tell the Baltimore Sun they’re disappointed in the Magna settlement…

*So much for the auction that was scheduled to sell the assets including the Preakness…

*Steve Zorn who writes The Business of Racing isn’t happy, here’s why…

*According to Magna’s attorney’s the problem was finding an acceptable “stalking horse” bid

*Chuckas says the fight for slots at Maryland tracks is not over…

KEMPTON RACES

Scenes from the Kempton Park racecourse on March 23, 2010 in Sunbury, England.

Power Shared and Wayne Hutchinson clear the last to win The Betdaq On 0870 178 1221 Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase.
Captain Chris and Richard Johnson pass the winning on the first circuit before going on to win The Bet Multiples – Betdaq ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race.
Alderluck and Liam Treadwell smash through the last hurdle before winning to win The betdaq.co.uk Handicap Hurdle.
The field in… Continue reading