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There is still a glowing ember hoping to ignite Virginia racing in 2014. As of April 2014, the Virginia horsemen’s group, not the Colonial Downs horsemen’s group, agreed to a 5 week meet like Colonial Downs hosted in 2013. The state told Colonial Downs that their para mutual wagering license was in jeopardy, if they didn’t agree to at least the same meet that was run last year. It’s simple, no racing, no license for Colonial Downs. Colonial Downs has not yet publically responded to this arrangement, but has until May 7th, at the next Virginia Racing commission meeting, to do so. Even though this deal brings us right back to where we started, it would be something for the horsemen that look forward to running their Virginia breds and turf horses. I’m not happy with it, especially since I retired my Va bred because of all this, but maybe he can make the last week of the meet. I also feel Colonial Downs still get’s their way. Maybe at least this was a hard lesson for Colonial Downs, which cost them well over a million dollars. The only thing that could save them is, if they agreed to the horsemen’s compromise and get up and running for wagering on the Kentucky Derby.

The impact of the standoff could reduce the quality of the meet as the purse structure could be as much as 30% lower, if not more. If reasonable prizes are not offered, then the field sizes could drop considerably as well. It is hard to speculate how much purse money the track has actually lost for the Virginia horsemen, while playing hard ball, but we will soon find out if Colonial Downs agrees to what’s now on the table. If they don’t agree to this, then it’s very possible Virginia racing will be gone in the state for a while. There are also talks about having a Virginia meet in Maryland. It obviously won’t be the same as far as turf goes, but at least Virginia breds will have an opportunity to run for breeder’s and owner bonuses. At this point, the Virginia horsemen have not lost nearly as much as Colonial Downs. In all actuality Virginia horsemen have not lost anything at this point, since they would be running their horses in neighboring states at this time of year anyway. For all the people who love horses and the sights and the sounds of the race track, we can only hope racing can get back the way it was in Old Virginny when the whole summer was dedicated to the sport of kings. The ball is in your court, Colonial Downs. The horsemen gave in to your original offer, what are you going to do?


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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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Working uphill with GoPro Hero 3 action camera and a Polar Equine Heart Rate Monitor. I have recorded HR data from 4 horses at different ages and levels of talent, to compare. This uphill galloping really showed who was the best horse. I’ll try and get screenshots of that HR chart to post.

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This thoroughbred race horse went a little too fast, but the track was tight and the rider was in control even though he was a little winded when pulling him up.

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Bill Pressey does great work educating people on horse physiology and collects facts and statistics to back his findings. Hey Bill, stop giving our secrets away… lol

This guy is on his second work of the week! http://youtu.be/45hdjzNgLfc

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US thoroughbreds suffer from what can be termed Weekend Warrior Syndrome; and the respective careers of trainers Woody Stephens and D. Wayne Lukas in the Belmont Stakes gives us valuable clues to its origins and the damage it is causing our dirt runners.

Firstly, I define the syndrome as the current propensity to undertake speedwork of 12/13sec/f once weekly, at most. Overall, the frequency is even smaller when you consider 90% of our runners refrain from any speedwork 10-14 days post-race. Our country’s ultimate test of TB stamina, the 12F Belmont, is the most illustrative of this phenomenon.

At first glance, both genius conditioners seem to have similar Belmont success; as Stephens won 5 runnings in a row from 1982-1986 and Lukas triumphed 3 times consecutively from 1994-1996, and added his 4th win with Commendable in 2000. However, when we dig deeper we notice some striking differences in approach.

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