Monthly Archives: November 2011

VA-BRED RACE WINNERS

In Place (g, 3yo), Out Of Place – Miss Alex by Wild Again. B – Hayes Donna M. Charles Town, 11/26/2011, mdn sp wgt, $15,600, 6.5 f, 1:21.47.
Indian Ambush (c, 2yo), Indian Charlie – Never A No Hitter by Kris S. B – Morgan’s Ford Farm, Churchill Downs, 11/26/2011, mdn sp wgt, $24,600, 8.5 f, 1:44.99. ($200,000, wnlg, 2009, keenov)
North Freeway (f, 3yo), Jump Start – Shawnee Country by Chief’s Crown. B – Morgan’s Ford Farm. Laurel Race… Continue reading

REMEMBERING CINZANO

ROUSE AND CINZANO AT THE CASANOVA HUNT POINT-TO-POINT IN 1981 (Douglas Lees Photo)

Back in June, Dr. Mark Gerard died.  Gerard was convicted of a horse-swapping scam and banned from racing back in 1977.  One of the horses involved in the swap was Cinzano.  The speedy South American champ would be stripped of his papers by the Jockey Club after the scandal and purchased by noted Virginia horseman Randy Rouse.  Rouse successfully raced Cinzano in the… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Awesome Feather, with Jeffrey Sanchez aboard, captures The Gazelle Grade I at Aqueduct in New York on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association)

Japanese jockey Yasunari Iwata (C-white cap) on five-year-old mare Buena Vista reacts after crossing the finish line to win the 2,400-metre (1.5 mile) $6.7 million Japan Cup G1 at the Tokyo Race Course in Tokyo on November 27, 2011. (Photo by Toru Yamanaka /AFP/Getty… Continue reading

EVANS DISPERSAL LARGEST EVER IN GROSS DOLLARS TOPPING NEWSTEAD FARM’S 1985 LIQUIDATION

The dispersal of the Thoroughbred breeding stock of the late Edward P. Evans’ concluded last Wednesday with a final auction tally for all the Virginia breeder’s horses of $62,347,000.  The unofficial November numbers were a gross of $55,820,000 with an average of $336,265.  Back in September, 50 yearlings sold for 50 horses for $6,527,000, averaging $130,540 each.
The total for the breeding stock and the total for all the stock represent records for a dispersal conducted… Continue reading

VA-BRED REDEEMED WINS GRADE 3 DISCOVERY

(NYRA Photo)

Taking command midway around the far turn, Virginia-bred Redeemed pulled clear into the stretch to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery Handicap as much the best.

Breaking alertly beneath Edgar Prado, Redeemed ($4.90) quickly assumed striking position racing to the clubhouse turn just off early leader Ghost Gunner.
Redeemed stalked the leader from outside down the backstretch through a half-mile in 48.49 seconds, and was moving to challenge on the turn when Ghost Gunner broke down and was… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINNERS

Affair Arrangement (f, 4yo), Black Tie Affair (IRE) – Western Music by Lord At War (ARG). B – Hayes Donna M. Charles Town, 11/20/2011, mdn sp wgt, $15,600, 6.5 f, 1:23.61.
Boping Along (g, 3yo), Bop – Key Wi Miss by Corridor Key. B – Sally P. Baffa. Laurel Race Course, 11/19/2011, mdn clmg, $10,260, 5.5 f, 1:05.28.
Boxer Shorts (c, 5yo), Two Punch – Green Jeans by Green Dancer. B – Richards Althea. Penn National, 11/17/2011, clmg, $9,600, 8… Continue reading

EVANS DISPERAL ENDS

CURLINELLO (Tod Marks)
As a student, the young Brazilian Jose DeCamargo was bitten by the horse racing bug.  As a young man he went to Europe to lean what he could in the yards of Newmarket and Longchamp. 
In 1982, he made his way to New York to learn about American racing from Angel Penna Sr.  Eventually he would go out on his own with the support of some Brazilian breeders.  Working as a bloodstock agent… Continue reading

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Virginia-based owner David Ross discusses Perfect Officer’s third-place finish in the $1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. (Video by Tom Randolph 2011)

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Defy Gravity (Sheldon Russell) found the racing room she needed in deep stretch and put away stubborn pacesetter Dance to Bristol to earn her first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Smart Halo Stakes for Maryland-bred 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. (Photo by Jim McCue/MJC)

A sure sign that things did not go exactly as planned as a runner returns after falling at Folkestone racecourse on November 15, 2011 in Folkestone, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Ruby Walsh… Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Runners race into the home straight in The Daily Mail Juvenile Maiden Hurdle Race at Folkestone racecourse on November 15, 2011 in Folkestone, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)