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#20 Wicked Strong, #4 Danza, #1 Vicar’s In Trouble. My #Longshot, CROCKER SHOCKER PICK™ could be #10 Wildcat Red! California Chrome going to choke outside his home state. #KentuckyDerby Free Kentucky Derby Form for the whole race card. http://www.brisnet.com/php/bw_pdf_viewer.php?track=CD&race=11&param1=3740&param2=204&param3=1484318Image

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Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Colonial Downs VaHBPA

Colonial Downs And Horsemen Meet With Virginia Racing Commission

Driving to Colonial Downs to see if they want to continue to have thoroughbred horses race at their “horse track”. Goodluck horsemen and Colonial Downs to signing a reasonable contract that keeps racing alive and well in Virginia. (By “reasonable”, I mean a 4 x 8). I predict 4 days x 7 weeks or maybe 3 x 7, but I won’t like it.
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  • They are now arguing about allowing Colonial Downs to open wagering for the Dogwood classic.

     

  • I believe they may need to pick up a sponsor down there someday ……….The 2014 TUMS DERBY…for non winners everywhere

     

  • So now Colonial Downs admits to taking money from the joint account with the horsemen to fund the purses for the Dogwood Classic. Interesting….. Sneaky….. Criminal?

     

  • Headlines…”It`s a Crock..of manure spreading at best” Maybe that is what the burn at track burning event they are charging $2 to get in….

     

  • Frank is making a proposal now…. This involves the Dogwood Classic…

     

  • Did you know dogwood`s fall of Virginians homes causing damages?

     

  • Thankfully I have Dubai pp`s to study

     

  • They allowed wagering at the Dogwood Classic…

     

  • But not the Florida Derby?

     

  • Discussing a 7 week, 3 days/week for 21 days of racing.

     

  • 7 and 21 are good numbers for gamblers ….ZERO NOT SO MUCH

     

  • More people from New Kent County attended this meeting.

     

  • From what I understand, just the dogwood classic.

     

  • New Kent residents should get free passes to smooze???

     

  • Db`s marketing logo “To get ass`es you need free pass`es

     

  • Dogwood`s are the things that fall on folks homes in storms ?

     

  • By they way thanks for the updates …The $25 I saved in gas and $5 on tums will be wagered to support horse racing Saturday
  • no pictures from the crock smart phone?
  • No decision on a contract between Colonial Downs Race Track and the horsemen today. There will be another meeting on April 11th, 9 a.m.
  • What came of the Florida meeting that was reported to be happening a few days ago Chris?
  • Sarah : I would guess a hefty expense account ?
  • Sarah McCord I talked to a CD administrator who was on the inside, but they could not tell me details. All I did find out was Jacobs wasn’t stuck on the short meet like Ian Stewart seemed to be, but he wants to run 8 weeks with harness racing mixed in. 3 days standardbred and 3 days thoroughbred. And where would we train? I can’t imagine it would hurt Colonial and maybe it would be best to cut into the turf course and build a inner harness or dirt track. Run more dirt races and ease up on the grass. I hate to say it, but restrict maiden claiming races to dirt.
  • I don’t know the %s but restricting mcl at Cnl to dirt will move most of the races off the turf.
    Like you said in your first letter Chris the cheap grass is the reason people come.
    You can’t take all the mcl off the grass. The condition books are almost entirely maiden claimers. You can raise the claim tag on the bottom grass but you’ll probably get the 5k horses running for 16 or whatever bottom is.
    If we are to assume that is one model actually on the table (a scary thought) It might be ok moving a higher percentage to dirt
    IF they would hire a good track man and give us a safe racetrack. You know from training there That that track is not even good enough to gallop on a lot of the time.But why do that when you have a huge swath of turf that will hold up to running nearly every race on the card for an 8 week meet??? other tracks limit their turf is because it’s a precious resource that won’t hold up to the abuse of daily racing. But with a 24 day meet, colonial is in a position to be able to run everything on the turf. That’s their big selling point!tearing up the grass for a harness track seems insane. I would rather they resurface the dirt to harness and leave us only a thin strip to train on than rip up the turf (biggest asset of colonial).
    How would they handle training? Separate hours? Who gets the late shift when it’s 110 in the shade?
    This seems like an impossible suggestion to me to run both at once without building a separate training track.
  • Exactly, Sarah McCord, they have no clue what that proposal involves. You are right about taking all the MdCl races too, but then maybe Colonial will realize what the place is good for when no races fill and people just put their 5k maiden claimers in the MSW races. I thought about the strip of dirt, but Jessica McKinney shot it down when she said they would not want to spend the money to put up another rail and backtracking would be a bitch without an outside rail on a narrow track. If Colonial does a 6 day meet, and they won’t, with insanely high purses, we should all just show up with the same horses that we have been bringing and get good entry dates so all the big outfits can’t get in the races. Now that’s an idea, although I really don’t want to give them the horses to put on their show because what they have not realized yet is that they do need us, we don’t need them. Most of betting public, especially the people who are blaming us horsemen, only can tell the class of a horse by the price on the racing form. Anyway… I just wish Jacobs sold the place a long time ago to people with a vision to grow thoroughbred horse racing and a clue how to manage a race track.

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Facebook gave it’s users the option to create a short video of our Facebook activity in the past years. Some people realized how irrelevant their postings were and others embraced their sharing history of accomplishments and milestones. We all share things that only our mother cares about and I am sure guilty of that. Some of us noticed inappropriate photos or language that showed up and maybe that will remind people not everything should be shared. The golden rule of social media postings is, “If you don’t want your grandmother to see it, then don’t post it”. Unfortunately social media can be shameless, but there are still people who keep it clean and PG. I try to keep my postings appropriate for all audiences and especially family friendly. I avoid political bias and only rant on something I am truly passionate about. I am sure I will break a rule now and then, but as long as my mother is on Facebook, I’ll stick to a higher standard.

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This 4 year old filly has missed four days of training because the ground is simply too hard and dangerous to train on. The recent snow and ice, that has plagued the majority of the United Sates, has interrupted training operations at Crocker Racing. Currently we are training at a farm where we can take advantage of the safer footing and uphill terrain. We train at various speeds and intensities, three to five miles a day. A thoroughbred race horse training on a dirt race track probably wouldn’t hold up to the same training that can be accomplished on natural footing. I have never liked dirt tracks for race horses and believe a dirt track contributes to the majority of breakdowns in North America. Horses training and racing on dirt are limited to the distance and intensity of training they can tolerate without the risking serious injuries. In a perfect world, all horses would be racing and training on grass. Most tracks, unfortunately, are dirt and we must train accordingly. The all weather, synthetic surfaces were designed to simulate the feel and give of turf, reducing racing injuries to horses. Michael Dickinson introduced this synthetic material to thoroughbred racing in hopes to accomplish a safer race track. More on synthetic tracks in another posting. I’ll go into the pros and cons of the Tepta race track.

Crocker Racing Stable Filly 2014

3YO Filly trained by Chris Crocker. Crocker Racing Stable.

This funny filly just can’t contain herself after having 4 days of only turnout. She can gallop and jog in her 1/2 acre paddock, but she feels the need for speed. She loves to train and the day following this video, she was a bear to gallop. She was not fun to ride at all. She was leaping out of her skin. The video was posted on a social media site and while most found it cute, that she was so full of energy and happy, others started creating their own story. One person posted that it was cruel to keep a race horse cooped up in a stall. She obviously didn’t notice the open door to a large paddock and didn’t take a second to read the video description that accompanied the YouTube post. One person even tried to tell us the blanket was bothering her. She has been in this exact same blanket for a month. She was actually reacting to the feed buckets rattling and the blower that we use to clean out the barn. You can post anything online and someone will find something bad to say about it. A basket of kittens can even prompt a negative comment. People who are not involved with horse racing get a lot of misinformation from people who think they know what goes on at race tracks. I have found that these people don’t realize how much these horses are loved and cared for at the track. In any business, there are people who disgrace their industry with unethical acts and practices. Horse racing is not immune to these bad apples. We need to educate the public about the positive sides of racing and I hope to help do that in future postings.

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