Monthly Archives: February 2011

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Alma d’Oro and Cornelio Velasquez winning the $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Laurel Park.

In this photo released by Benoit Photo, Champ Pegasus, left, and jockey Joel Rosario, hold off Bourbon Bay, center ridden by Rafael Bejarano, to win the Grade II San Luis Obispo Stakes horse race, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia Calif.

With a late charge Anna Napravnik, left, aboard Demarcation passes Mission Impazible and jockey Rajiv Maragh in deep stretch to win… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Horses and jockeys jump the second to last during the Countryside Alliance Handicap Steeple Chase race run at Fakenham Racecourse on February 18, 2011 in Fakenham, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)

Recession Proof ridden by Dougie Costello (C) wins the 1.50 totesport Trophy Hurdle Race ahead of Bothy ridden by Danny Cook (L) and Notus De La Tour ridden by Tom Scudamore (R) at Newbury Racecourse on February 18, 2011 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images… Continue reading

STALLION AUCTION WINDING DOWN

A hard working crew of volunteers including Debbie Easter, Will Massey, Wayne Chatfield-Taylor, Susie Chatfield-Taylor, Jill Gordon Moore, Frank Shipp, Louisa Lenehan, Carol Holden, Tommy Lee Jones and Sara Collette worked the annual VTA Stallion Auction which finished up around 6pm on Thursday.

Lenehan, along with VTA staffers Heather Stanley and Pat Faramarzi, manned the phones all three days!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“From the moment he was born here to the moment he left, he did everything right. He was a great horse to be around. He was very well-made and did everything right. You had to wear sunglasses to look at him. He had an all-white face and four white socks up to his hocks and knees. We used to call him Bling.”

— Jill Gordon Moore to the Thoroughbred Daily News regarding Free Entry (see below).

EIGHT VIRGINIA-BREDS AMONG TRIPLE CROWN NOMINEES

Free Entry

By Nick Hahn

A diverse group of eight Virginia-breds were among the 364 nominees to the Triple Crown. In alphabetical order, the Old Dominion hopefuls are B.F. Byrd, Complete Dyno, Dance City, Dominus, Free Entry, Indian Knight, Mac’s Surprise and Roman Classic.

Among the Virginia-bred field, Gary and Mary West’s Free Entry appears to be the leading candidate to find a Triple Crown starting gate with two Gulfstream Park wins in his three starts. In his first… Continue reading

HB1832 MOVES FORWARD

Yesterday, HB1832 was reported out of the Senate General Laws Committee and his headed to the floor of the Senate for a final vote.  


An amendment was offered by Sen. J.C. Miller which would have removed the section of the bill calling for the VTA to receive .05% of the handle on simulcast races.  The amendment was defeated 11-3.  Delegate Ed Scott (the patron of the bill in the House of Delegates) and Senator Jill Vogel were… Continue reading

NICK HAHN’S LETTER REGARDING HB1832

The Virginia Horse Racing Industry, comprised of many groups and parties, works very hard to speak in one voice when it comes to its legislative agenda.  Unfortunately this may not be one of those times. Many outside the industry may think that the marketing efforts of Colonial Downs and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association are the same.  Although they both work hard to present a united campaign, there are differences in their goals.

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association is seeking… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED WINNERS

April’s Dixie Bell (f, 4yo), Parker’s Storm Cat – Kim’s Victory by Spartan Victory. B – Sandy Valley Farms. Laurel Race Course, 2 /10/2011, clmg, $5,700, 6 f, 1:15.35.
Jackrabbit Fast (g, 3yo), Aldebaran – My Own Lovely Lee by Bucksplasher. B – Mrs C Oliver Iselin III. Sunland, 2 /6 /2011, mdn clmg, $6,600, 6 f, 1:11.08.
Listentothewindblo (f, 5yo), Partner’s Hero – Star Kell by Star De Naskra. B – R. Larry Johnson.
Charles Town, 2 /11/2011, alwc,… Continue reading

WAGERING UP SLIGHTLY IN JANUARY

After several years of declines, wagering in Virginia’s OTBs increased in January according to the Virginia Racing Commission last week.  At its monthly meeting last Tuesday, the VRC released figures showing that total OTB handle increased 8.53% from $6,943,037 in January of 2010 to $7,535,480 in 2011.
However, at the same time, ADW handle decreased 8.8% from $4,557,603 in 2010 to $4,172,179 this January. While EZ Horseplay (55%) and TVG (10%) saw gains, Twinspires (-37%) and Xpress Bet (-14%)… Continue reading

A REMEMBERANCE OF NICK ARUNDEL

When I got out of college, my first real job was as Horse Sports Editor for the Fauquier Democrat, the weekly paper published in Warrenton, VA.  The publisher of the paper was Arthur W. “Nick” Arundel.
While I knew who “Mr. Arundel” was I don’t believe I had ever met him when one Monday afternoon as we were working toward our deadline, he ran into the newsroom.  Now by newsroom, I mean one room about 20 x 20… Continue reading