In today’s LookBack, we check in on some of last week’s top stories to see what happened next…
- Mike Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash last week (here). According to family members, he has now been released and come home and will begin the recovery and rehabilitation process.
- Teresa Genaro reported (here) on breeder and owner Michael Parisi, whose racing hopes, carried earlier this year by now-retired filly Lovely Syn, had shifted to the harness side and Captaintreacherous. The Captain delivered in a big way this weekend, dominating the Meadowlands Pace to take home the winner’s share of the $635,000 event.
- It was the biggest racing weekend of the year in central Virginia, and more than 6,000 fans went to New Kent to see the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks — won by Pennsylvania-bred outsider Nellie Cashman (here) — and the G2 Virginia Derby, won by War Dancer. The track handled nearly $2 million on the evening, by far its biggest haul of the meet.
- And at Delaware, this weekend saw the running of the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and the G3 Robert Dick Memorial (here). In the former, another PA-bred, Dancing Afleet, rallied down the lane to post a half-length victory over Ile St. Molly, with Tell a Great Story another couple back in third. The latter was rained off the turf and scratched down to just five horses; favored Treasured Up earned the victory.
- The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show took place at Pimlico this weekend, with some 140 horses competing in 11 classes. Defending champ Houston earned the victory once again, with Testimonially second for the second straight year.