Yearly Archives: 2011

VA-BRED WINNERS

Total Package (c, 4yo), Grand Slam – Last Fever by Storm Cat. B – Evans Edward P.  Hawthorne, 12/21/2011, clmg, $9,600, 6.5 f, 1:17.77. ($350,000, yrlg, 2008, keesep)

PICTURES OF THE DAY

James Winks rides Any Dream Will Do to win the Le Pine Funerals Handicap on Betfair Park Raceday at Betfair Park on December 24, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Luke Nolen rides Power O’Raylee to win the Durban Handicap on Betfair Park Raceday at Betfair Park on December 24, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

In this photo provided by Gulfstream Park, Frolic’s Revenge, with jockey Paco Lopez,… Continue reading

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

YOUR CHECK IS (ALMOST) IN THE MAIL

Checks for the 10% Breeder Awards for Virginia-breds that earned an Owner Bonus at Colonial Downs in 2011 will be mailed shortly.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

The “recall man” waits in the middle of the track as the stalls open at Kempton racecourse on December 20, 2011 in Sunbury, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

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

VA-BRED WINNERS

Armarante (f, 3yo), Tale Of The Cat – Silent Greeting by Secret Hello. B – Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. Penn National, 12/16/2011, alwc, $19,200, 6 f, 1:11.28.

Bay Button Bill (c, 6yo), Ball’s Bluff – Magic Dot by Dancing Count. B – Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.  Charles Town, 12/14/2011, clmg, $6,600, 7 f, 1:29.64.
Fingersnapper (f, 4yo), Domestic Dispute – Dance In Flight by Meadow Flight. B – Great Oaks Farm. Laurel Race Course, 12/16/2011, mdn clmg, $5,700, 7… Continue reading

THOROUGHBRED CELEBRATION HORSE SHOW RESULTS

SPENCER ROAD

The Virginia Horse Center welcomed more than 120 horses to the final Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show of the season in November.  Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and those bred to race that have successfully transitioned into their secondary career, competed for more than $7,500 in purse money.

  
First and second place ribbons in the $1,000 After the Finish Line Hunter Stake were earned by horses owned by Clover Grove of Virginia.  Top honors went to Harvest Moon… Continue reading

MARYLAND LIVE RACING IN 2012

(Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) reached an agreement in principal Saturday to apply and race 146 days at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2012.

“I am glad we got this resolved,” said Richard Hoffberger, MTHA president. “This means running the same amount of live days as this year which was important to the horsemen to maintain a year-round program.”
The parties will continue to meet on a regular… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Ruby Walsh riding Aerial clears the last to win The Shawbrook Bank Graduation Steeple Chase at Ascot racecourse on December 17, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

In this photo provided by Hodges Photography, Exfactor, ridden by Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, gets a nose in front of Laurie’s Rocket and jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. to win the Sugar Bowl Stakes horse race at Fair Grounds racetrack, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Hodges Photography, Lou Hodges,… Continue reading