SUMMER DOLDRUMS WINS TURF…NO…WAIT…

…that doesn’t sound right.

If you live in the Northern half of the state, you know that the Washington Post has dramatically curtailed it’s coverage of horse racing over the past 15 years. While they still employ a knowledgeable racing writer in Jon Scheinman, the editors remain ambivalent about the Sport of Kings.

On Sunday, that scenario reached an unfortunate zenith in the coverage of Sailor’s Cap victory in the $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup. Here’s what the Sunday Post had to say:

SUMMER DOLDRUMS SHAKES SPRING FUNK AND WINS COLONIAL TURF CUP

This was followed by the 2007 story about Summer Doldrums winning the race by a head over Stike A Deal.

On Monday, they corrected the error as follows:

SAILOR’S CAP NOTCHES RUNAWAY WIN AT RAIN-SOAKED, GRADE III COLONIAL TURF CUP

By John Scheinman, Special to The Washington Post , Monday, June 23, 2008; Page E08

NEW KENT, Va., June 21 — Editor’s Note: Because of a computer error, the story about Saturday’s race at Colonial Downs that appeared in the Sunday, June 22, Sports section referred to last year’s race. The correct story appears below.

When the rains came in waves Saturday, accompanied by thunder and lightning, the owners in the Team Valor International syndicate at Colonial Downs couldn’t have been happier.

In a field of 3-year-olds either untested on turf or unproven on soft ground, Team Valor’s Sailor’s Cap stood out, having run two straight powerful races on yielding courses in his most recent starts. The crowd of 4,557 at the track, which enjoyed sunshine most of the afternoon, sought cover inside the grandstand and bet Sailor’s Cap down to 3-1 favoritism to win the Grade III $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup.

With a swift, sweeping move five wide on the far turn, Sailor’s Cap delivered under jockey Alan Garcia, pulling away in the stretch to easily win the first leg of the Grand Slam of Grass series by 6 3/4 lengths.

Before the race, Colonial Downs General Manager Ian Woolnough asked the jockeys if they thought the soaked turf course was still safe for racing. Garcia, who is based in New York, couldn’t wait to get out there.

“I was confident,” said Garcia, who rode Da’ Tara to an upset victory two weeks ago in the Belmont Stakes. “The owners said he loved that kind of soft course.”

After Sailor’s Cap had won the 1 3/16 -mile race in 2 minutes 4.42 seconds, the partners in the colt’s ownership submitted to a drenching to collect the trophy in the winner’s circle.

“It was worth it to get soaked like this,” said Nick Benmeir, whose group took down the first prize of $360,000. “The wetter it got, the more we liked it. The last two times he ran were on wet tracks, and he was brilliant. We had the rider we wanted, and he was brilliant.”

Even with the purse for the Colonial Turf Cup reduced from $750,000 this year, the race attracted several noted 3-year-olds, including Lane’s End Stakes winner Adriano; Court Vision, part-owned by IEAH Stables, the team behind Big Brown; and Preakness entrant Kentucky Bear.

(Photos by Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press and Jeff Coady/Coady Photography)