Monthly Archives: October 2011

EVANS DISPERSAL HYPOTHETICAL PICK THREE

We find the upcoming dispersal of Edward P. Evans breeding stock at the Keeneland November Sale to be depressing to say the least… 

That said, we thought we would try to make it as much fun as possible with a little game of “what if?”


What if you had a hypothetical bankroll and you were heading to Keeneland next week specifically to buy three horses from the  Evans dispersal, which three would you buy and why?  Money… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINNERS

Desert Tiger (g, 3yo), Hold That Tiger – Gone To Utah by Salt Lake. B – Carolyn Nicewonder Beverly. Charles Town, 10/27/2011, alwc, $16,200, 6.5 f, 1:20.05.
Eldarion (c, 3yo), Aragorn (Ire) – Pagan Dance by Valley Crossing. B – Mrs C Oliver Iselin III. Penn National, 10/26/2011, clmg, $9,600, 6 f, 1:11.39. ($11,500, yrlg, 2009, keesep)
In Confidence (c, 3yo), Eavesdropper – Simply Nod by Secret Hello. B – Born To Run Thoroughbreds. Charles Town, 10/28/2011, mdn clmg,… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Trainer/jockey combination Leslie and Paddy Young teamed up to win Saturday’s $25,000 Holiday Cup allowance hurdle with Gustavian, giving the horse two in a row this fall.  Owned by Hickory Tree Stable, Gustavian caught Baltic Shore at the last fence and won by three-quarters of a length – repeating a maiden hurdle win at Shawan Downs in late September. Gustavian raced on the flat with trainer Graham Motion, winning twice including an allowance race at Keeneland last fall. The… Continue reading

RAPID REDUX WINS 19th STRAIGHT, TIES RECORD

By Jason Shandler/BloodHorse.com

Robert Cole Jr.’s Rapid Redux tied the North American record for consecutive wins, notching his 19th straight in a starter allowance race (VIDEO) at muddy Laurel Park Oct. 27.
The 5-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect   tied Peppers Pride and Zenyatta, who also won 19 straight races during their careers. The chestnut gelding defeated four rivals in the seven-furlong contest, covering the distance in 1:24.07 in his 2 3/4-length victory. J. D. Acosta rode him to… Continue reading

LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION

Did that say lights?

Why, yes it did. 
After a year of exploring ideas on the best way to improve both the racing product and facilities at its New Kent racetrack, Colonial Downs is now planning to add lights to the turf course for night racing during the 2012 season.
At yesterday’s Virginia Racing Commission meeting the idea became public after a series of private negotiations with the Virginia H.B.P.A.
Following the current harness meet, Colonial Downs will move… Continue reading

VA-BREDS AT FASIG-TIPTON KENTUCKY FALL YEARLING SALE

480 F, by Malibu Moon – Robin’s Prospect, Dromoland Farm Inc., Agent III — $125,000, Ben McElroy, Agent

536 F, by Purim – Shawnee Country, Morgan’s Ford Farm — $8,500, Richter Family Trust
583 F, by Corinthian – Southern Swing, Gainesway Agent — $27,000, Quarter Pole Enterprises

602 F, by Showing Up – Stalda, Dapple Stud Agent for Nellie Mae Cox and Rose Retreat Farm — $45,000, Lynden Branch
633 C by Hard Spun – Summer Delight, Apple Stud… Continue reading

THREE VA-BRED PRE-ENTERED IN BREEDERS’ CUP RACES

WINCHESTER (NYRA photo)

Three Virginia-breds, including former Virginia-bred Horse of the Year Winchester, have been pre-entered for Breeders’ Cup races next weekend.

Turf star Winchester who won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga prior to finishing fifth last time out in the Grade 1 Turf Classic will take another shot at the $3 million Emirates Airlines Breeders Cup Turf G1.  The six-year-old by Theatrical (IRE), out of Rum Charger (IRE) by Spectrum (IRE) finished fourth in last year’s… Continue reading

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

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Havre de Grace, and exercise rider Gabriel Saez, a leading contender for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic as well as Horse of the Year, cruised five furlongs in 58 3/5 seconds at Keeneland Monday morning.  (Photo by Coady Photography)

Horses are walked to and from outside stalls during the 2011 Washington International Horse Show at the Verizon Center, on October 25, 2011, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

A rider participates in the… Continue reading

VIRGINIA AGENT BUYS SESSION TOPPER

HIP #16 (TDN Photo)

Virginia-based bloodstock agent Debbie Easter’s final bid of $200,000 for a colt by

Medaglia d’Oro, out of Especially Me by Coronado’s Quest, topped yesterday’s session of the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale.  The colt was consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud.
The colt highlighted a lively day of selling at Fasig’s Newtown Paddocks, where the average increased 58.7% from last year while the media was up a gigantic 140%.
The session-topper, was bought bny… Continue reading