Year in review: October’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!
Colonial Downs, back to life?
In October, news broke that discussions were underway that could bring Colonial Downs, Virginia’s shuttered-since-2013 racetrack, back to racing life. Nick Hahn broke the story.
And in Puerto Rico…
Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, leaving thousands without power or potable water. It also had horrific impacts on the Camarero racetrack near San Juan and the horses and people who depend on it. Linda Dougherty spoke with some of those people.
For trainer Michael Catalano, Jr., one more rebuilding project
Trainer Michael Catalano, Jr.’s hopes of a big Delaware Park meet were dashed when his top owner removed all of his horses. It left him, Doug McCoy writes, one more rebuilding project in a career full of twists and turns. Catalano went on to win with 18 of 107 starters for purse earnings of $311,717 in 2017.
Trainer Mangual “blessed to be alive” — and to win first stake
When George Town Cat upset the WVBC Dash for Cash at 41-1 odds on the biggest night for local Charles Town horsemen, it wasn’t just a surprise outcome, it was also the first stakes win for a trainer, Manolo Mangual, just months removed from a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Frank Vespe wrote it up.
Maryland Million 2017 was another huge success, with a big crowd enjoying fun and competitive racing as Bonus Points surged to victory in the $150,000 Classic. The Racing Biz photographers Dottie Miller and Laurie Asseo told the story of the day in pictures.