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Last week – “What we’re finding is that jobs are coming back, horse racing-related expenditures are up, and tax revenue to the state is increasing .These are all very positive signs that the racing industry is moving in the right direction and benefiting the Commonwealth’s agribusiness and related businesses. Racing was at a low point in 2014 after the closure of Colonial Downs’ racetrack. The General Assembly took a number of steps, most notably the passage of Historical Horse Racing machines in 2018,that provided the revenue to re-open the track and fund the revitalization of the industry. The study points to the enormous strides the industry has made since 2014.”  – Jeb Hannum, Executive Director of the Virginia Equine Alliance.

Stakes Photos April 15

MASTER OF THE SEAS (IRE) winning the $53,903 Bet365 Craven Stakes G3 on April 15, 2021 at Newmarket. (Winner by Dubawi (Ire), 1st Dam: Firth of Lorne (Ire) (MGSP-US, SW & G1SP-Fr, $163,189), by Danehill, 2nd Dam: Kerrera (Ire), by Diesis (GB), 3rd Dam: Rimosa’s Pet (GB), by Petingo (GB)) (Bred in IRE by Godolphin) (Racigfotos.com)

SUMMERGHAND (IRE) (far right) winning the $53,903 Bet365 Abernant Stakes G3 on April 15, 2021 at Newmarket. (Winner by by Lope de Vega (Ire), 1st Dam: Kate The Great (GB), by Xaar (GB), 2nd Dam: Ros The Boss(Ire), by Danehill, 3rd Dam: Bella Vitessa (Ire), by Thatching (Ire)) ($300,000 Ylg ‘15 TATOCT; $108,000 RNA6yo ‘20 TATAHI) (Bred in IRE by Airlie Stud) (Racingfotos.com)

Stakes Photos April 12

RAINTREE STARLET winning the $50,400 Wilma Mankiller Stakes on April 12, 2021 at Will Rogers Downs. (Winner by Get Stormy, out of Birdie Told Me, by Eavesdropper) (Bred in KY by Nancy Vanier & Horse Player Racing Club) (Coady)

Stakes Photos April 11

SODASHI (JPN) winning the $2,183,753 Oka Sho Japanese 1000 Guineas G1 on April 11, 2021 at Hanshin. (Winner by Kurofune, 1st Dam: Buchiko (Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn), 2nd Dam: Shirayukihime (Jpn), by Sunday Silence, 3rd Dam: Wave Wind, by Topsider) (Bred in JPN by Northern Farm) (JRA)

 

SKALLETI winning the $155,822Priz D’Harcourt G2 on April 11, 2021 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Kendargent (Fr), 1st Dam: Skallet (Fr) (SW & MGSP-Fr, $181,946), by Muhaymin, 2nd Dam: Siran (Fr), by R. B. Chesne (GB), 3rd Dam: Surubinha (Fr), by Solicitor (Fr)) ($101,883 Ylg ‘16 ARAUG)(Bred in FR by Guy Pariente Holding) (Scoop Dyga)

BOLSHOI BALLET (IRE) winning the $59,931 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes G3 on April 11, 2021. (Winner by Galileo (Ire), 1st Dam: Alta Anna (Fr), by Anabaa, 2nd Dam: Anna Edes (Fr), by Fabulous Dancer, 3rd Dam: Abbey (Fr), by Jim French) (Bred in IRE by Lynch-Bages & Rhinestone Bloodstock)(Racingfotos.com)

KEEPER OF TIME (IRE) (right) winning the $65,924 Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes G3 on April 11, 2021 at Leopardstown. (Winner by Mehmas (Ire), 1st Dam: Motheeba (SP-Ity), by Mustanfar, 2nd Dam: Ishraak, by Sahm, 3rd Dam: Muhbubh, by Blushing Groom (Fr)) ($3,595Ylg ‘19 GOFFEB) (Bred in IRE by D & E Phelan) (Racingfotos.com)

ADHAMO (IRE) winning the $95,890 Prix La Force G3 on Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Intello (Ger), 1st Dam: Foreign Tune (GB) (SW & GSP-Fr, $161,614), by Invincible Spirit (Ire), 2nd Dam: Gwenseb (Fr), by Green Tune, 3rd Dam: La Popesse, by St. Jovite) (Bred in IRE by Wertheimer & Frere) (Scoop Dyga)

RUMI (FR) winning the $95,890 Prix Vanteaux G3 on April 11, 2021 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Frankel (GB), 1st Dam: Secrete (Fr), by Cape Cross (Ire), 2nd Dam: Featherquest (GB), by Rainbow Quest, 3rd Dam: Featherhill (Fr), by Lyphard) ($839,044 Ylg’19 ARAUG) (Bred in FR by Ecurie des Monceaux) (Scoop Dyga)

CHESHIRE ACADEMY winning the $95,890 Prix Noalilles G3 on April 11, 2021 at Paris-Longchamp. (Winner by Flintshire (GB), 1st Dam: Danza Cavallo (Fr) (SW-Fr & GISP-US, $343,202), by Sunday Break {Jpn}), 2nd Dam: Tropical Mark (GB), by Mark of Esteem (Ire), 3rd Dam: Tropical Zone (GB), by Machiavellian) ($92,294 Ylg ‘19 AROCT) (Bred in FR by SF Bloodstock SC) (Scoop Dyga)

REGAL GLORY winning the $97,000 Plenty of Grace Stakes on April 11, 2021 at Aqueduct. (Winner by Animal Kingdom, out of Mary’s Follies (MGSW, $338,889), by More Than Ready) ($925,000 5yo ’21 KEEJAN) (Bred in KY by Paul P Pompa) (Chelsea Durand)

Stakes Photos April 10

SUPER STOCK winning the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby GrI on April 10, 2021 at Oaklawn. (Winner by Dialed In, 1st Dam: Super Girlie, by Closing Argument, 2nd Dam: Beafleet, by Afleet, 3rd Dam: Leave It Be, by Lawmaker) ($70,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Pedro Gonzalez & P.J. Gonzalez) (Coady)

KING FURY winning the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes GrIII on April 10, 2021 at Keeneland. (Winner by Curlin, 1st Dam: Taris (‘TDN Rising Star’, GISW, $1,086,260), by Flatter, 2nd Dam: Comedy, by Theatrical (Ire), 3rd Dam: Don’t Be Silly, by Lord At War (Arg)) ($950,000 Ylg ’19 FTSAUG) (Bred in KY by Heider Family Stables LLC) (Coady)

JULIET FOXTROT (GB) winning the $300,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes GrI on April 10, 2021 at Keeneland. (Winner by Dansili (GB), 1st Dam: Kilo Alpha (GB) (SW-Fr), by King’s Best, 2nd Dam: Anasazi (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells, 3rd Dam: Navajo Princess, by Drone) (Bred in GB by Juddmonte Farms Ltd.) (Coady)

CASCADIAN (GB) winning the $2,287,905 Doncaster Handicap G1 on April 10, 2021 at ATC. (Winner by New Approach (IRE), 1st Dam: Falls of Lora (IRE) (GSW-UAE & SW-Eng), by Street Cry (IRE), 2nd Dam : Firth of Lorne (IRE), by Danehill (USA), 3rd Dam: Kerrera (IRE), by Diesis (GB)) (Bred in GB by Godolphin) (Ashlea Brennan)

ANAMOE winning the $762,635 Sires’ Produce Stakes G1 on April 10, 2021 at ATC. (Winner by by Street Boss (USA), 1st Dam: Anamato (G1SW-Aus & GISP-US, A$861,850), by Redoute’s Choice, 2nd Dam: Voltage, by Whiskey Road (USA), 3rd Dam: Electric Belle (NZ), by Sovereign Edition (IRE)) (Bred in NSW by Godolphin Australia) (Bronwen Healy)

EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) winning the $1,525,270 Australian Derby G1 on April 10, 2021 at ATC. (Winner by Jakkalberry (IRE), 1st Dam: Extra Explosive (NZ) (SP-NZ), by Ekraar (USA), 2nd Dam : Explosive (NZ), by Exploding Prospect (USA), 3rd Dam: Tina’s Spirit, by Beau Ghost (AUS)) ($100,000 Ylg 2019 NZB National Yearling Sale) (Bred in NZ by Explosive Breeding Ltd, Central) (Bradleyphotos.com.au)

NATURE STRIP winning the $1,906,587 TJ Smith Stakes G1 on April 10, 2021 at ATC. (Winner by Nicconi, 1st Dam: Strikeline (GSW-Aus, A$505,050), by Desert Sun (GB), 2nd Dam: Strike High, by Pre Emptive Strike (CAN), 3rd Dam: Flight Hostess, by Zamazaan (FR)) (Bred in NSW by Golden Grove Stud Farm) (Matt King/Getty Images)

DES AILES (JPN) winning the $970,406 Sankeispors Hai Hanshin Himba Stakes G2 on April 10, 2021 at Hanshin. (Winner by Deep Impact (Jpn), 1st Dam: Avenir Certain (Fr) (MG1SW-Fr, $1,400,131), by Le Havre (Ire), 2nd Dam: Puggy (Ire), by Mark of Esteem (Ire), 3rd Dam: Jakarta (Ire), by Machiavellian)(Bred in JPN by Shadai Farm)(Masakazu Takahashi)

BATHRAT LEON (JPN) winning the $962,534 New Zealand Trophy Stakes G2 on April 10, 2021 at Nakayama. (Winner by by Kizuna (Jpn), 1st Dam: Bathrat Amal (Jpn), by New Approach (Ire), 2nd Dam: Zameyla (Ire), by Cape Cross (Ire), 3rd Dam: Angelic Sounds (Ire), by The Noble Player)(Bred in JPN by Mishima Bokujo) (JRA)

C Z ROCKET winning the $500,00 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap GrIII on April 10, 2021 at Oaklawn. (Winner by City Zip, 1st Dam: Successful Sarah (GSP, $169,614), by Successful Appeal, 2nd Dam: Sarah Rosebud, by Unreal Zeal, 3rd Dam: Carolina Cupcake, by Whitesburg) ($800,000 2yo ’16 OBSOPN) (Bred in FL by Farm III Enterprises LLC) (Coady)

SILVER DUST winning the $147,000 Ben Ali Stakes on April 10, 2021 at Keeneland. (Winner by Tapit, 1st Dam: Filare l’Oro (SW & GSP, $185,100), by Hard Spun, 2nd Dam: Elusive Gold, by Strike the Gold, 3rd Dam: Save My Soul, by I’ma Hell Raise) ($270,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP; $510,000 2yo ’16 OBSMAR) (Bred in KY by Don Alberto Corporation) (Coady)

BY MY STANDARDS winning the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile Stakes on April 10, 2021 at Oaklawn. (Winner by Goldencents, out of A Jealous Woman (MSW & GSP, $469,956), by Muqtarib)($150,000 2yo ’18 OBSAPR) (Bred in KY Don Ladd)(Coady)

EDGEWAY winning the $250,000 Carousel Stakes on April 10, 2021 at Oaklawn. (Winner by Competitive Edge, out of Magical Solution (SW), by Stormin Fever) ($35,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $275,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR) (Bred in KY by Pope McLean, Valerie & David Blethen) (Coady)

DELAWARE (GB) winning the $100,000 Danger’s Hour Stakes on April 10, 2021 at Aqueduct. (Winner by Frankel (GB), out of Zatsfine (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB)) ($130,000 4yo ’20 KEENOV) (Bred in GB by Juddmonte Farms Ltd.) (Coady)

HYDROLOGIST winning the $100,000 Top Flight Invitational Stakes on April 10, 2021 at Aqueduct, (Winner by Gemologist, out of Cinderella Time, by Stephen Got Even) (Bred in NJ by Holly Crest Farm ) (Chelsea Durand/NYRA)

CHANGE OF CONTROL winning the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes on April 10, 2014 at Keeneland. (Winner by Fed Biz, out of America’s Blossom (MSP, $185,502), by Quiet American) ($27,000 Wlg ’16 KEENOV; $95,000 Ylg ’17 OBSOCT) (Bred in KY by John O’Meara) (Coady)

STUDY: ECONOMIC IMPACT OF VIRGINIA RACING INDUSTRY OVER $542 MILLION

TDN April 13, 2021 – The horse racing and breeding industry in Virginia generated an estimated economic impact of $542.1 million in the state in 2019, according to a study commissioned by the Virginia Equine Alliance. “What we’re finding is that jobs are coming back, horse racing related expenditures are up, and tax revenue to the state is increasing,” said John Hannum, Executive Director of the Virginia Equine Alliance. “These are all very positive signs that the racing industry is moving in the right direction and benefiting the Commonwealth’s agribusiness and related businesses. Racing was at a low point in 2014 after the closure of Colonial Downs’ racetrack. The General Assembly took a number of steps, most notably the passage of Historical Horse Racing machines in 2018, that provided the revenue to re-open the track and fund the revitalization of the industry. The study points to the enormous strides the industry has made since 2014.”

Highlights from the study released by the alliance Monday included: annual horse-related expenditures by Virginia horsemen estimated at $239.44 million in 2019; overall total in state tax revenue for 2019 estimated at $26.5 million; estimated total economic impact of horse racing events and visitor spending in Virginia was $68.7 million in 2019; jobssupported in 2019 by the horse racing and breeding industry estimated at more than 5,000; the average amount spent by horsemen in Virginia to care for, train, and board a race horse is estimated at $14,663.

Chmura Economics and Analytics(Chmura), a research consulting firm in Richmond, VA, conducted the study.

The Virginia Equine Alliance is a a non-profit, 501(c)6 organization comprised of the Virginia Harness Horse Association, Virginia Horsemen=s Benevolent & Protective Association, Virginia Gold Cup Association and Virginia Thoroughbred Association. Its primary mission is to sustain, promote and expand the horse breeding and horse racing industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Stakes Photos April 9

RAGING BULL winning the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes GrI on April 9, 2021 at Keeneland. (Winner by by Dark Angel (Ire), 1st Dam: Rosa Bonheur (SP-Fr), by Mr. Greeley, 2nd Dam: Rolly Polly (Ire), by Mukaddamah, 3rd Dam: Rare Sound (Ire), by Rarity (GB)) ($107,182 Ylg ’16 GOFORB) (Bred in FR by Dayton Investments Limited) (Coady)

TOBY’S HEART winning the $100,000 TVG Limestone Turf Sprint Stakes on April 9, 2021 at Keeneland. (Winner by Jack Milton, 1st Dam: Pick of the Pack (SW, $107,450), by Lil’s Lad, 2nd Dam: Cat Attack, by Storm Cat ,3rd Dam: Harp Strings (Fr), by Luthier (Fr)) ($5,500 Ylg ’19 FTKOCT; $45,000 2yo ’20 OBSMAR) (Bred in KY by Trackside Farm ) (Anne M. Eberhardt)

 

Laurel to Add Racing Days to Spring Meet

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club announced the addition of racing days over the next several months to make up for multiple cancellations in the winter and early spring because of weather conditions and equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) restrictions.

MJC earlier announced that the Spring Stakes Spectacular program originally scheduled for Apr. 17 at Laurel Park has been moved to the following Apr. 24.

Racing will be held April 17-19 instead of Apr. 15-18. Extra races listed for Thursday, Apr. 15, will move to Saturday, Apr. 17, while the program slated for Friday, Apr. 16, has been moved to Monday, Apr. 19. The Laurel Park spring meet ends Sunday, May 2.

Only horses stabled at Laurel Park are eligible to enter and race through the end of the EHV-1 quarantine Apr. 17. The quarantine at Pimlico Race Course is scheduled to end Apr. 12.

Live racing had been scheduled for three days a week–Friday through Sunday—at Laurel Park in June and July. Seven Thursday programs have been added June 3, 10, 17 and 24; and July 1, 8 and 15. The summer meet concludes with racing on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule until Aug. 22.

Pimlico will race 15 days from May 5-31. The Laurel summer meet begins Thursday, June 3.

‘He was such fun’ – racing pays tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen and Prince Philip at the head of the royal procession at Royal Ascot Chris Jackson (Getty Images)

By Julian Muscat and Peter Scargill

Racing united to pay its respects to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday aged 99 and left his mark on the sport as consort to the Queen for seven decades.

Jockeys wore black armbands and flags were flown at half-mast at Aintree, where a two-minute silence was also held before racing for a man respected for his equestrian knowledge and skills, notably in polo and carriage driving.

An honorary member of the Jockey Club since 1947, Prince Philip never took an active role in racing as an owner but was a constant companion to the Queen at the Derby and Royal Ascot, where the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap was named after him.

Despite racing being the Queen’s great passion, her racing and bloodstock adviser John Warren recalled Prince Philip taking a fulsome interest in the horses and breeding, as well as accompanying the Queen on numerous racing-related visits.

He said: “Prince Philip was a much greater support to the Queen in her racing endeavors than many people realize. His Royal Highness followed Her Majesty’s involvement as an owner and breeder very closely, and willingly accompanied the Queen to the Derby and Royal Ascot every year. Not long ago Prince Philip attended a dress rehearsal for the Trooping of the Colour first thing in the morning but still travelled from London to Epsom to meet up with the Queen on Derby day.

“Prince Philip accompanied Her Majesty on so many trips, including to Kentucky where he was totally fascinated by all the stallions we saw. He also very much enjoyed spending a number of days with us when Her Majesty stayed with Alec Head at his Haras du Quesnay to view the French stallions in Normandy.

“Whenever I visited Sandringham to look at horses with the Queen, Prince Philip always asked on our return how the yearlings and foals were developing. He was also a man of impeccable manners. On one occasion I had a long phone call, at the end of which I realized he had been waiting patiently to say goodbye before he went back to London. And he became a rather animated ‘armchair jockey’ with great knowledge when watching some of the Queen’s horses running on television.

 

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip with the Obamas. (Pete Souza Photo)

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