Fair Hill Races

There was a strong Herringswell presence at Saturday’s Fair Hill Races, with exercise riders Xav Aizpuru (at right top photo, below) and James Slater (shown aboard Sgt. Bart, #7) each having several mounts on the card.  Xav won the day’s feature, the $30,000 Valentine Memorial, on Arcadia Stable’s Diva Maria, trained by Jack Fisher.   Continue reading

Relaxing!

I had a very relaxing day in the infield at the Fair Hill races with Maggie Kimmitt where she was photographing the races.  I could be totally antisocial and get a first hand look at the horses – just wish I’d had a beer and everything would have been perfect!  In fact at one timeContinue reading

It’s All About Blackie

{jcomments on}Bushwood Stables’ Brent and Carol Johnson and Karl Barth hosted the long-awaited Retirement Party for Better Talk Now at the Fair Hill barn on Sunday, May 23rd.  The entire Herringswell team joined over 100 invited friends who gathered to celebrate the career of the 11-year-old gelding.   Videos of his 14 victories were shown inContinue reading

Official retirement party

Better Talk Now celebrated his ‘official’ retirement today with a party at the barn surrounded by his barn buddies and about 100 friends of the human kind.  His stall was decorated with pretty flowers but he had to have fake ones so he didn’t eat them. Betsy the goat tried anyway, along with eating the carrot topsContinue reading

Ennis

Ennis made it our second winner today.  Earlier Periyali won at Delaware and he won at Pimlico.  This was his third win over as many tracks and surfaces, Keeneland (polytrack), Delaware (dirt) and today (turf).  Congratulations to J. V. Shields, Jr, owner and breeder.{jcomments on}

First win

Periyali had her first win today in three starts.  Jose Valdivia. Jr., the latest transplant jockey from the west coast to the east rode her very confidently to win by 5 3/4 lengths.  Congratulations to Jack Swain III.{jcomments on}

Find A Seat And Stay There

We plan to make full use of the tracks in the extended area on Saturday when we run as North as Presque Isle downs to as South as Pimlico. We make stops at Delaware Park and Belmont Park, in between the two.{jcomments on}

Two For Two

Clarinet just won at Delaware on her second start.  ‘Unruly behind the gate’ on her first start when she finished second just over a month ago she redeemed herself today, not just by winning but by being beautifully behaved at the gate!!  Congratulations to Earle Mack who is the owner of this well bred Giant’sContinue reading

Output

Output has now won 50% of her starts by winning her second race today, leading a good pace wire to wire.  Many congratulations to J. V. Shields, Jr for his second winner in a week!  He also owns Quake Lake who won last week at Presque Isle Downs.{jcomments on}

How Annoying

To be fourth in two Graded Stakes yesterday, each horse being beaten just a neck for third!!  That’s the difference between being Graded Stakes placed – and not!!  Bullsbay ran a much improved race from his race two weeks ago to be fourth in the William Donald Schaefer Stakes (Grade III) and Shared Account who was runningContinue reading

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