Monthly Archives: March 2011

VIRGINIA HORSE INDUSTRY HAS $1.2 BILLION ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today a new study on the Virginia horse industry. A study prepared by the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center (WCC) for Public Service and funded by the Virginia Horse Industry Board found that the horse industry in Virginia has an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion.

WCC’s Regional Economist Dr. Terance Rephann determined that the equine industry in the Commonwealth continues to expand and its economic impact continues to… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Two jockey’s at the tack of Meydan racecourse during their preparations for the Dubai World Cup 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   Three-time Eclipse Award and Virginia Derby winner Gio Ponti leads a field of 14 for Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup UAE-G1. The six-year-old champion was fourth as the favorite in last year’s running.
Virginia-bred Victor’s Cry is also in Dubai.  The six-year-old son of Street Cry (Ire) has dazzled onlookers ever since he arrived,… Continue reading

VIRGINIA-BRED VICTOR’S CRY SEEKS DESERT GLORY



Victor’s Cry (inside #8) captures the 2010 Shoemaker Mile

Victor’s Cry seeks to add a $5 million Group 1 to his resume when he enters Saturday’s starting gate for the Dubai Duty Free.  The Duty Free is about a mile and eighth on the turf.  Saturday’s post time is estimated to be 11:45 am.

The Street Cry sired six year old won a Grade 1 and Grade 2 at Hollywood Park in 2010 and is bred… Continue reading

VA-BRED RESEARCHER ON COMEBACK TRAIL

More than 11 months removed from the biggest win of his career, two-time Charles Town Classic winner Researcher will make his return to the races in Saturday night’s featured allowance at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The race, which drew a field of six, will be the now seven-year-old’s first start since taking the 2010 Charles Town Classic over Awesome Gem and Redding Colliery.

Purchased with a career in steeplechase racing in mind, Researcher’s owners, the Kinross Corporation, decided… Continue reading

R.I.P. Liz Taylor, Dead At 79

Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress famed for her beauty, her jet-set lifestyle, her charitable endeavors and her many marriages, has died, her publicist told CNN Wednesday. She was 79.
Taylor died “peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles,” said a statement from her publicist. She was hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, “a condition with which she had struggled for many years. Though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it… Continue reading

VRC APPROVES 2011 CLN LIVE RACING DAYS

Democracy at work.

Today, the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) approved a 33 day live meet at Colonial Downs for 2011 by a unanimous vote of 4-0.  The meet will be conducted as proposed by a joint submission of Colonial Downs, the VHBPA, and the VTA.

The meet will run from Wednesday, June 8th (leading up to Belmont Day on June 11th) to Sunday, July 31, 2011 — 8 weeks, four days per week.  Racing will be conducted on… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Long Run stands with owner Robert Waley-Cohen (L), jockey Sam Waley-Cohen (C) and trainer Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows racing stables, home of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run, who is trained by Nicky Henderson on March 19, 2011 in Lambourn, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

VIRGINIA-BRED RACE WINNERS

Cho Cho Cat (f, 3yo), Tale Of The Cat – Cho Cho San by Deputy Minister. B – Evans Edward P. Mountaineer Park, 3 /19/2011, mdn sp wgt, $10,736, 5 f, 0:59.96. ($19,000, 2yo, 2010, keenov)
Daddys Caddy (g, 3yo), Lion Hearted – Egret by Alwuhush. B – Keswick Stables. Charles Town, 3/16/2011, clmg, $9,600, 7 f, 1:29.34. ($3,200, yrlg, 2009, ftmoct)
Dance City (c, 3yo), City Zip – Ballet Colony by Pleasant Colony. B – Edward P… Continue reading

SECRETARIAT BIRTHDAY PARTY SUNDAY AT THE MEADOW

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Join friends of SFVA (State Fair of Virginia, Inc.) and fellow admirers of the unsurpassable Secretariat for a day of celebration and activities on the occasion of the birthday of America’s favorite horse at his birthplace, 
The Meadow.  The event is this Sunday March 27 from 1 to 5 pm.
The event will benefit the planned Museum of the Virginia Horse and includes a variety of equine related events including a… Continue reading

SECRETARIAT BIRTHDAY PARTY SATURDAY AT THE MEADOW

Join friends of SFVA (State Fair of Virginia, Inc.) and fellow admirers of the unsurpassable Secretariat for a day of celebration and activities on the occasion of the birthday of America’s favorite horse at his birthplace, 
The Meadow.  The event is this Sunday March 27 from 1 to 5 pm.
The event will benefit the planned Museum of the Virginia Horse and includes a variety of equine related events including a Secretariat Look-Alike-Contest.
There is a $10 entry… Continue reading
 
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