Monthly Archives: May 2010

NICK’S PICKS – TUESDAY, JUNE 1

“THE SIMPSONS” – Through Sunday, there is a four way tie in the jockey standings . With three wins each are the familiar names of Luis Garcia, Horatio Karamanos, Eric Camacho and…and…apprentice rider Tadious Simpson. Did I slip that by you?

On opening day I wrote that there seems to be a little known jockey that makes Colonial Downs their breakout meet. The early returns suggest that this year’s candidate is Simpson. Simpson is the son of Trevor Simpson a… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

(LtoR) Benoit Gicquel riding Odeillo Du Mathan, David Cottin riding Louping D’Ainay, Phil Carberry riding Princesse D’Anjou and Bertrand Thelier riding Objectif Special jump an open-ditch during the Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase of Paris horse racing on May 30, 2010 at the Auteuil racetrack in Paris. French jockey Jerome Zuliani on horse Polar Rochelais won the race. (Photo by Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, William de Burgh’s Tuscan Evening and jockey Rafael Bejarano, right, hold… Continue reading

NICK’S PICKS – MEMORIAL DAY MAY 31

Racing on opening day racing at Colonial Downs certainly wasn’t dull (see below). However one background story about the longshot winner of the 3rd race stood out.

Miss Oil is owned and bred by Mary T. O’Brien. However, the breeding of Miss Oil was arranged by Dr. Olive Britt, the veternarian of Secretariat. Three days before her passing in 2006, Britt was given a necklace by an equestrian team engraved with “Miss Oil”, a nickname given to her. O’Brien was… Continue reading

COLONIAL’S OPENING DAY SOUND

An opening day crowd of 2,638 watched eleven races at Colonial Downs Saturday including the feature, the John D. Marsh Stakes won by Elusive Gift (photo – Coady Photography). The $50,000 John D. Marsh Stakes is for Virginia-breds going 5 & ½ furlongs on the turf. Elusive Gift piloted by Horatio Karamanos, (“Special K”) stalked two lengths behind pacestter Tomas who set a quick opening quarter mile fraction in 21& 3/5th seconds. Elusive Gift took the lead shortly before coming… Continue reading

POSTCARD FROM COLONIAL DOWNS

OPENING DAY
(By Nick Hahn also published in Charlottesville’s Daily Progress)

Live thoroughbred horse racing returns to Virginia tomorrow when Colonial Downs opens for its 14th season. Colonial’s opening is earlier in the year than in its history, the first time warm bloods are racing in the month of May. Ironically, when Colonial has its grand opening in 1997, it was on Labor Day with its meet in the fall. In 2001, Colonial made the switch to summer racing.

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HOMEISTER OFF TO THE RACES

Rosemary Homeister, Jr. (named Jr. because her mother is also named Rosemary) will be the feature guest the next episode of “Off to the Races” on the Virginia Racehorse Network.

A popular segment of the live Saturday morning radio is Jockey Jive where Nick Hahn interviews a featured rider and reviews their mounts on the upcoming card. Homeister won the riding title last year at Colonial Downs. You can follow her riding career on her website http://jockeyrose.com/.

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HORSEMEN’S SOCIAL AND SKYBOX LUNCHEON

Blue Seal Feeds is sponsoring a social and luncheon for Colonial Downs horsemen on Sunday, Day 2, May 30 on the fourth floor.

Admission is free to all holding a Trainers or Owners Horseman’s ID card.

The afternoon of racing will feature a spectacular view, a private balcony, a self-service betting terminal, closed circuit TV, a private restroom and a tended bar. The event runs through noon until the last race on the card.

Enjoy the races from the Ski… Continue reading

DR. WILLIAM C. HANCOCK 1921 – 2010

Long-time VTA member and former director, Dr. William Cary Hancock, 89, of Richmond, Va., died May 22, 2010.

Dr. Hancock was born May 8, 1921 in Richmond to Edith Dennis Hancock and John Beverly Hancock. He graduated from St. Christopher’s School and Tulane University before earning his M.D. from The Medical College of Virginia. While at St. Christopher’s, he started, captained and played number one singles for the State High School Champion Tennis Team before also playing at Tulane.

Dr.… Continue reading

WVEC 13 NORFOLK ON COLONIAL DOWNS OPENING

AUTOGRAPHED FOGELSONGER BOBBLE HEAD ON eBAY

Back in 2003, Colonial Downs gave away 4,000 Ryan Fogelsonger bobble head dolls. The seller says his brother attended the races that day and secured both the doll and Fogelsonger’s autograph.

For more info or to place a bid, click here.