Year in review: April’s top stories and photos
Starting December 25, we’ll be conducting our own “12 days of mid-Atlantic racing.” Each day we’ll revisit our most popular stories from a given month of the year, and we’ll highlight some of our favorite photographs.
Be sure to check in each day to review what 2017 brought us!
Carrasco to be out two months
Jockey Victor Carrasco suffered a serious injury in an April spill at Laurel Park, which caused to miss serious time.
“Thanks God for protect me and (another jockey, Guillermo Rodriguez, who suffered a broken hand),” Carrasco tweeted. “It could be worse.” Unfortunately for Carrasco, later in the year, it was, when he suffered another injury in a September spill, which will likely cost him six months or more.
At Overbrook, keeping an eye on star pupil Irish War Cry
Jim Hague reported on Rory Huston, the farm manager at New Jersey’s Overbrook Farm. That was the place where Irish War Cry, the New Jersey-bred who won the Grade 2 Wood Memorial and was considered a prime Kentucky Derby contender (he finished 10th), was foaled.
Irish War Cry just missed in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, settling for second after leading a long way, and completed the year with four wins from nine career starts and $1,049,460 in purse earnings.
Frank Vespe reported on a challenging situation at Charles Town Races, where stewards called eight naproxen positives in a four-month period, seven from ship-in trainers, putting horsemen on edge.
The rate of equine fatalities at Delaware Park fell dramatically in 2016 versus prior years, and Linda Dougherty talked with several industry insiders to find out why.
Isabelle de Tomaso may be racing royalty, and Gaston Grant a truck driver when not training horses, but their New Jersey-bred charges won two of New York’s biggest races on the same day when de Tomaso’s Irish War Cry and Grant’s Green Gratto took the G2 Wood Memorial and G1 Carter, respectively, Teresa Genaro reported.