Monthly Archives: September 2011

NEW MACHINES OPEN AT COLONIAL DOWNS

The fall opening weekend for harness racing at Colonial Downs also featured the opening of a new grandstand wagering area devoted to video games with a wagering twist. In one of the simulcast areas the racetrack installed thirty touch screen video game machines. Games include a slot-like spin wheel and poker. On the wall are the traditional simulcast screens with races broadcast from across the country.
By making a $10 trifecta wager at designated flat and harness tracks—on opening Sunday… Continue reading

RACING INTO HISTORY

WHIRLAWAY

Sept. 19, 1943: Rider Eddie Arcaro returned to racing after a 12-month suspension that resulted from his attempt to injure a fellow rider in the Cowdin Stakes the previous year. 


Sept. 19, 1942: Alsab, runner-up in the 1942 Kentucky Derby, beat 3-10 favorite Whirlaway, the 1941 Triple Crown champion, by a nose in a $25,000 match race at Narragansett Park. The match was arranged after Alsab was scratched from the Narragansett Special, a race won… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

A floral tribute stands next to a photograph of the late racehorse trainer Ginger McCain at Aintree Racecourse on September 19, 2011 in Liverpool, England. McCain, who trained the legendary Red Rum, died at age 80 after suffering from cancer. McCain won the Grand National four times, three times with Red Rum in 1973, 1974 and 1977, followed by Amberleigh House’s win in 2004. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Jimmy Toner switched riders (to Javier Castellano) on Winter… Continue reading

AUDLEY AND SPRING HILL LEAD VIRGINIANS AT FIFTH KEENELAND SESSION

(Keeneland Photo)

Audley Farm in Berryville, VA sold two homebreds at the Thursday session of the Keeneland September yearling sale for a combined $405,000.


Audley’s Hip # 862 sold to Shadwell Estate Company Ltd for a final bid of $325,000.  The dark bay colt is by Indian Charlie and out of the stakes winner Hatpin.  His sire has produced the likes Indian Blessing, Fleet Indian and Uncle Mo and his dam is a graded stakes placed stakes winner… Continue reading

REMINDER: JAMES RIVER TRF ADOPT-A-TB DAY THIS SUNDAY

The James River Chapter of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing lifetime care and adoption services for ex-racehorses, is hosting its first annual Adopt-A-Thoroughbred Day.

The free event, to be held Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richmond-area James River Work Center, will feature a ring exhibition showcasing many of the chapter’s 27-horse herd who are ready to move on to permanent homes.
The chapter’s Adopt-A-Thoroughbred Dayoffers visitors ample time… Continue reading

KEENELAND THIRD SESSION TOPPER HALF-SISTER TO CLN GR.3 WINNER

(Keeneland Photo)

Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables spent $1.2 million for the Tuesday session topping filly by Bernardini, out of out of Silk n’ Sapphire by Smart Strike from the consignment of Catherine Parke’s Valkyre Stud.

Consigned as Hip #307, the filly is a half-sister to Colonial Downs’ All Along Stakes Gr.III winner Shared Account.  Shared Account has won over $1.6 million including the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Gr.I and the Lake Placid Stakes Gr.II at Saratoga.… Continue reading

AGENT MIKE RYAN LANDS HIGH PRICED EVANS’ BRED

RYAN (Bloodhorse.com)

Members of the Edward P. Evans dispersal continued to be sought-after commodities yesterday at Keeneland. The draft, being handled by Lane’s End, included hip #398, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro–Tap Dance who brought $470,000.

Bloodstock agent Mike Ryan saw off Darley’s John Ferguson for the fourth-highest price on the afternoon.
“I thought this was the best Medaglia d’Oro that I’ve seen [at the sale],” enthused Ryan, who
said he was buying for an undisclosed client whom he… Continue reading

PPs 9, 1 and 1 WIN ON 911 ANNIVERSARY

On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Sunday, horses wearing the numbers 9, 1 and 1 won the first three races at Belmont Park.
The New York City track served as one of the staging areas for workers and emergency vehicles in the days following the destruction of the World Trade Center.
David Jacobson, the trainer at the stable that owns the first two winners, told the New York Post that the odds “were probably about a… Continue reading

MORE VA-BREDS AT KEENELAND

EVANS PURCHASED HIP 664 (Keeneland)

Tuesday, September 13:

214 B.F. Smart Strike — Raging Fever, Lane’s End, Agent for the Complete Dispersal of the Estate of Edward P. Evans (Spring Hill Farm) — $35,000, Harvest Landing
362 B.C. Smart Strike — Summer Colony, Lane’s End, Agent for the Complete Dispersal of theEstate of Edward P. Evans (Spring Hill Farm) — $30,000, Eli Lomita
398 B.C. Medaglia d’Oro — Tap Dance, Lane’s End, Agent for the Complete Dispersal of theEstate of… Continue reading

TWO THOROUGHBRED RACES SUNDAY AT COLONIAL DOWNS

While harness racing gets underway this Saturday at Colonial Downs and the New Kent racetrack will feature a mixed card on Sunday, September 18th.
The track will host a non-wagering training flat race at 12:30 pm followed by a steeplechase races.  The remainder of the card will be harness races.  The non-wagering race includes graded stakes winner Researcher among others. 
A second steelplechase race, a maiden claiming hurdle race was carded, but did not fill.