Monthly Archives: July 2012

ROBYN YOVANOVICH 1953 – 2012

Robyn Dobson Yovanovich, wife of well-known Virginia steeplechase horseman Donald Yovanovich, died Monday, July 23, at their home in Upperville after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 58.
ROBYN YOVANOVICH (2nd from right) (Douglas Lees Photo)
Mrs. Yovanovich was a choreographer, director, and drama teacher who brought an extensive theater background to her position as Fine Arts Department chair of Foxcroft School in Middleburg. A native of Alexandria, Va., she danced on Broadway, toured Europe with the USO, and… Continue reading

COLONIAL TITLES LARGELY UNCONTESTED
Sheldon Russell had the riding title locked up midway through the meet at Colonial Downs and he continues to ride handily with 43 wins, 2 more than he had for the entire meet last year.  Considering that he began this meet slowly, it shows that he’s only getting better.  Could this be the last week he hangs his tack at Colonial Downs?  Hugh McMahon has 19 wins in the meet, 5 more than… Continue reading

NICK’S PICKS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH

COMMONWEALTH TURF FEST, ANOTHER BIG NIGHT

With Friday night’s Commonwealth Turf Fest, Virginia-breds are given stage. Many native horsemen showcase their Virginia-bred seeking a win on a big and meaningful day of racing. The success (“quality over quantity”) of Virginia-breds is reputable coast to coast but on Friday night, Virginia-breds get a chance to be tested against one another from Front Royal to Berryville to Keswick to Hanover to Goochland to even George Gregory’s New Kent. Like in many sporting… Continue reading

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COMMONWEALTH TURF FESTIVAL AND 2011 VA-BRED CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS FRIDAY

On Friday, July 27, the next-to-last day of the 2012 live meet, Colonial Downs will host the Commonwealth Turf Festival consisting of five Virginia-bred stakes races while the VTA honors the 2011 Virginia-bred champions during ceremonies in the winner’s circle between races.

The five Virginia-bred stakes are:

The Oakley Stakes Presented by Morgan’s Ford Farm
The Daniel G. Van Clief Stakes Presented by the Virginia Horse Industry Board
The Bert Allen Stakes Presented by the Middleburg Training Center
The Brookmeade… Continue reading

VA-BRED WINNERS

Allie’s The Boss (f, 6yo), Black Tie Affair (IRE) – Latori by Unaccounted For. B – Hayes Donna M. Charles Town, 7 /21/2012, clmg, $10,200, 6.5 f, 1:20.96.

Big Dividend (c, 3yo), Whywhywhy – Head Start Joanie by Royal Academy. B – Cox Sidney B. Mr. & Mrs. Jr. Colonial Downs, 7 /19/2012, mdn clmg, $12,296, 6.5 f, 1:18.47.
Boltin’ Out (g, 3yo), Outflanker – Boltin’ Bride by Runaway Groom. B – Tucker Anne N. Colonial Downs, 7 /20/2012, clmg,… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Hayley Moore riding Redvers (R) win The Longines Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 21, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Bern Identity capturing the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, New York, Sunday July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/ New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)  

Andrasch Starke riding Danedream (C, orange) win The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes from Nathaniel (C, yelow cap) at Ascot racecourse on July 21, 2012 in Ascot, England.… Continue reading

VIRGINIA DERBY DAY STAKES WINNERS

Apprentice jockey Sarah Rook aboard I’MBOUNDTOSCORE beamed in the Chenery winner’s circle
after the first stakes race of the day for trainer Tony Rankin (right).
Leading rider Sheldon Russell brought LENTENOR’S into the winner’s circle for the first stakes win in the career of Barbaro’s full brother.  Trainer Leigh Delacour saddled the winner of the $50,000 Kitten’s Joy.
Rook returned to the Tippett winner’s circle to sweep the 2-year old stake double with ZIP CASH BACK for trainer Tevis… Continue reading

VIRGINIA DERBY POST RACE

Comments from the winner’s circle and the paddock with the connections of winner Silver Max and comments from jockeys of the Virginia Derby starters.

Dale Romans, winning trainer of Silver Max

“When he’s on his game, if he was going to get beat, tonight would have been the time.  Nobody could catch him.  Hopefully he stay together for the rest of year,” about going a mile and a quarter, the yielding track with a loose horse.
“It just… Continue reading

IT’S SILVER TO THE MAX IN THE VIRGINIA DERBY

Despite an uncomfortable moment or two, Silver Max (#7) captured the win in the Virginia Derby.

 
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