Monthly Archives: April 2012

KENTUCKY DERBY DOINGS

Virginia-bred Bodemeister gallops on April 29, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky  in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Exercise rider George Alvarez gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Bodemeister at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Bodemeister, held by Pepper Hayes and groomed by Roberto Luna, is bathed after the morning exercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

VIRGINIA-BRED WINNERS

Class Indian (g, 5yo), Waquoit – Class Story by Class Secret. B – Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud, LLC. Foxfield, 4/28/2012, alwc, $15,000, 17 f, 4:05.20.


Father Jones (g, 8yo), Lemon Drop Kid – Fabulous Fame by Cherokee Colony. B – Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III. Turf Paradise, 4/23/2012, stk, $6,547, 7.5 f, 1:31.22. ($5,000, yrlg, 2005, keesep)


Frogtown (c, 4yo), Songandaprayer – Peacefally (IRE) by Grand Lodge. B – Lady Olivia @ North Cliff LLC. Atlantic City… Continue reading

DOUGLAS LEES’ PHOTOS OF THE MARYLAND HUNT CUP

The third fence of the Maryland Hunt Cup left to right: Battle Op, Bon Caddo, And The Eagle Flys, Professor Maxwell (white blaze), Haddix (partially obscurred), Private Attack and Volle Nolle.

The thirteenth fence of theMaryland Hunt cup left to right:  And The Eagle Flys (Billy Meister, up), Battle Op (Connor Hankin, up) and Fort Henry(Jackson Roberts, up).

Private Atttack falls in front of the eventual winner Twill Do.

Twill Do and Battle Op battle down the stretch.

PICTURES OF THE DAY

On Saturday more than 30,000 flocked to Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide to watch Black Caviar register her 20th consecutive win. (AAP Photo)

Dullahan, held by Yolanda Cordoso and groomed by Cesar Abrego, is bathed after the morning exercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Roger J. Weiss’ Hudson Steele was content to travel in third, then charged by the pacesetters and powered away… Continue reading

"OFF TO THE RACES" DEBUTS AT NEW TIME

From left to right, “Derby Bill” Watson, Mike Barone, Mitchell Bradley and Nick Hahn broadcast “Off to the Races”
on Kentucky Derby Day 2011 at Finn McCools in Richmond, VA.

There’s a new schedule for live racing at Colonial Downs, so there is a new time for “Off to the Races” on the Virginia Racehorse Network.  With Colonial now racing on Friday and Saturday evenings, we’ve moved our post time.  Tune in Fridays at 6:00 pm on ESPN… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Bodemeister, held by Pepper Hayes and groomed by Roberto Luna, is bathed after the morning excercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


KY DERBY DOINGS

Virginia-bred Bodemeister is riden on the track during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 27, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America)

Union Rags, held by Luis Aguirre and groomed by Eduardo Cruz, is bathed after the morning excercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby.  (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America)

Union Rags is riden by Peter Brette during the morning excercise session in preparation… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Ryan Moore riding Ballesteros (nearest) win The bet365 Handicap Stakes from Bear Behind at Sandown racecourse on April 27, 2012 in Esher, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Daniel Tudhope riding Penitent wins The bet365 Mile at Sandown racecourse on April 27, 2012 in Esher, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

THE TURF TEN

Nick’s picks for the top ten three year old horses in North America with at least one start on the turf in 2012 and perhaps with thoughts of running in the mile and quarter $600,000 Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs on July 21st.
The performance of SILVER MAX in the Transylvania is enough to earn him
top billing in the first 2012 TURF TEN (Coady Photography)
Owner Trainer Jockey (last start)

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SILVER MAX

Mark Bacon & Dana… Continue reading

MINORITY INTEREST IN VA-BRED DERBY CONTENDER SOLD

(Reed Palmer Photo)

From the Paulick Report:  Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables confirmed today that a minority interest in Kentucky Derby hopeful (Virginia-bred) Bodemeister has been sold to Mike and Tiffany Moreno of Southern Equine Stables, reports the Blood-Horse. Zayat declined to comment on the sale price but said it was “a very healthy, lucrative arrangement for us.”


Bodemeister will continue to be managed by Zayat Stables and will still race under the Zayat silks.

Zayat said he agreed… Continue reading