Monthly Archives: December 2010

THE FUTURE OF RACING ACCORDING TO CHURCHILL CEO ROBERT EVANS

When the president and CEO of Churchill Downs Inc. Robert Evans talks, people listened.
Evans made a major keynote address at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Wagering a few weeks ago called “Why I’m Still Breeding Racehorses: Five Reasons to be Optimistic About Racing’s Long-Term Future.” Among other things, he said this:

“Three years or four years ago, I did a presentation with the Kentucky Farm Managers Club, and in that discussion I talked about how there… Continue reading

TRADITIONAL WAGERING IN VIRGINIA CONTINUES TO DECLINE (ALBEIT MORE SLOWLY)

There is good news in this year of steady monthly declines in on-track and OTB pari-mutual wagering in Virginia. In October and November, overall wagering posted single digit declines instead of double digit dips that have become the norm since 2008. In November, total handle state-wide dropped -4.57% and in October that number was -8.58%. Prior to that, eight of the past nine months had registered double digit declines with only March (-8.9%) showing some improvement.

Overall, handle is down… Continue reading

JOCKEY CLUB DEADLINES APPROACHING

The Jockey Club reminds owners of unregistered yearlings and 2-year-olds that the requirements for foal registration must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010, to avoid additional late registration fees.

The late registration fee increases from $525 to $775 after Dec. 31 of the yearling year and from $775 to $2,000 after Dec. 31 of the 2-year-old year.
Interactive Registration (IR) is the most efficient means to complete the application for foal registration and other registration requirements. IR enables customers to… Continue reading

CONGRESS PASSES TAX EXTENTIONS

From the American Horse Council

Congress has passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. President Obama signed the $858 billion package into law

almost immediately. The Senate passed the bill on Dec. 15 on a vote of 81 to 19. The House followed on Dec. 16, 277 to 148, with 112 Democrats and 36 Republicans voting no.

Passage of the legislation avoids tax increases, scheduled to go into effect automatically on Jan. 1, 2011,… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Comma To The Top and Corey Nakatani win the Grade I, $750,000 CashCall Futurity Gr. I Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.
In a photo provided by Fair Grounds Race Course, Country Flavor (3), with Shane Sellers aboard, holds off Z Humor and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to win the 46th running of the Tenacious Handicap horse race at Fair Grounds Race Course, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in New Orleans.… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Mack Miller and Cragwood Stable’s Protanto in 1971.  (Photo by Paul Schafer/New York Racing Association via the New York Times) To read the Times’ obituary of Miller, click here.

DRF: BARBARA LIVINGSTON’S TRIBUTE TO MACK MILLER

Renowned  photographer Barbara Livingston pays tribute, in both words and photos, to Mack Miller for the Daily Racing Form.  Well worth a look.

To see it, click here.

HALL OF FAME TRAINER MILLER DEAD AT 89

Mack Miller

One of the great frustrations facing racing and breeding in Virginia over the past 30 years has been the demise of so many great breeding farms. Lost over those years are famous names such as Nydrie, Morven, Buckland, and, of course, Rokeby to name a few.

When Paul Mellon died in 1999 the Rokeby Farm era came to an end. Mellon’s horses had been among the leading Virginia-breds year-in and year-out and had the VTA awarded year-end championships… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED WINNERS

Boone’s Babe (f, 4yo), Bop – Booneton by Boone’s Mill. B – Waln Gary Ray. Charles Town, 12/10/2010, clmg, $6,600, 4.5 f, 0:52.30.
Cassilda (f, 3yo), Prints Of Peace – Lapherslastlaugh by Roanoke. B – Hodges Betty Jo. Charles Town, 12/12/2010, mdn sp wgt, $15,600, 4.5 f, 0:54.50.
Disguise (g, 4yo), Dixie Union – Dorm by Pleasant Colony. B – Evans Edward P. Laurel Race Course, 12/9 /2010, clmg, $5,700, 8 f, 1:39.74. ($350,000, yrlg, 2007, keesep)
Europa (f, 2yo),… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINS N.Y. STAKE

According to the Daily Racing Form, Quiet Giant found the off track and the weak competition to her liking Sunday as she took control in midstretch and splashed home to an 8 3/4-length victory in the $60,000 Cheap Seats Stakes at sloppy Aqueduct.

It was the third victory in six starts and first in a stakes race for Quiet Giant, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway who is also a half-sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. Quiet Giant… Continue reading