Yearly Archives: 2011

JOHN HOLLAND (1955-2011); Owner of Oak Ridge Estate

( By Nick Hahn)

John Holland was the owner of Oak Ridge Estates in Nelson County.  A decade ago, he built a harness and steeplechase course at Oak Ridge Estate, one of his many projects on the 4,000 acre parcel.  Partial built with recycled cupolas from demolished 7-11 convenience stores and Civil War cannon balls, he operated live harness racing with a limited pari-mutuel wagering license he obtained from the Virginia Racing Commission and the Oak… Continue reading

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Virginia-based owner David Ross discusses Perfect Officer’s third-place finish in the $1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. (Video by Tom Randolph 2011)

VIRGINIA-BREDS AT KEENELAND

0047 B.F. Elusive Quality — Worry Not, Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent for Lady Olivia @North Cliff LLC –  Lael Stable/Nicoma, Agent, $170,000

0401 DB/BR.F. Tiznow — Never a No Hitter, Morgan’s Ford Farm – BYU Bloodstock, $115,000

0850 DB/BR.F. Orientate — Social Director, Gainesway, Agent XV – Arch Bloodstock, Agt, $10,000

0910 B.C. Stormy Atlantic — Watchful (IRE), Brookdale Sales, Agent for Hickory Tree Farm – Pegasus Farm Ltd., Agt., $40,000

VIDEO OF THE DAY

NICK HAHN OFF THE HOOK

At yesterday’s Virginia Racing Commission meeting, Chairman Clinton Miller made a point of discussing the now infamous editorial in The Hook, noting it was imperative that industry stakeholders respond to articles that present misinformation as fact.  That said, here’s Nick Hahn’s response…
“You’re Off”

Ms. Giles article on Colonial Downs and Virginia Racing had so many inaccuracies and unsubstantiated accusations, that format may prevent correcting all of them in a single response, but I’ll try to do my best.… Continue reading

VTA CLASSIFIEDS

GIVEAWAY: Rumbustious, 1998, by Gold Fever, out of Noblestani by Shahrastani.  Attractive, 16.1 hand, winner; dam of 5 foals, 3 starters, 1 winner. Open for 2012. Contact Jim Bond 540-270-7872.

FOR SALE: 2 nice broodmares for sale. Evangel by Danzig and Guchi Gulch by Gulch. Both are in foal to Good Reward. Dr. Ellen Stephens at 540 905-2054 or contact by email  laurelequinerepro@msn.com 





QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The market is the difference — 2008 changed the value of a horse like it changed the value of a house. The old million dollar horse is now a $500,000 horse. That’s where we are.”


– Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell noting that the sales figures from the first two nights of the September yearling sale reflect the world economic climate. 


To see the Keeneland sale results, click here

CHRIS BAKER KEENELAND INTERVIEW

Down Goes Miami: Part 4

This is a excerpt from a great column by Dan Wetzel.  Read it.
Miami scandal is symptom of NCAA flaws
By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports

…Know this about Nevin Shapiro: He rained down millions on Miami players during an eight-year spread, yet he didn’t come close to the levels of gifts and graft that former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker lavished on athletic directors, presidents and conference commissioners.
Shapiro took scores of players out on his $1.6 million yacht.… Continue reading

VA-BRED HER SMILE FOURTH IN TEST

Turbulent Descent - 2011 Test Stakes (G1)
Virginia-bred Her Smile (second from left) was fourth in yesterday’a $250,000 Test Stakes Gr.1 at Saratoga.

Now three time Grade 1 winner Turbulent Decent won impressively.

Her Smile was bred by Bill Backer.