Greyvitos comes back strong after fire scare
Adam Kitchingman had quite a scare when the Lilac fire spread to his San Luis Rey Downs training centre. Although he has a small stable, the trainer feared for the safety of everyone, especially his most prized possession Greyvitos. The horse showed his worth once again at the Springboard Mile Stakes. Greyvitos won the $400,000 stakes from an outside post lineup. The fire destroyed the centre as well as claimed the lives of 40 horses. Greyvitos and many others were one of the first to be shipped out as soon as the fire spread. Kitchingman was devastated by the tragedy. He also prayed that he never faced such horrifying events ever again. The Springboard Mile Stakes hopefully started a turn of fortune for Kitchingman and team. The Springboard Mile also presented qualifying points for the first time for next year’s Kentucky Derby. Jockey Victor Espinoza started off Greyvitos promisingly, but they had to run the five path to make it to the first turn. After a bit of nudging, Greyvitos broke out and took the lead. Combatant finished second, while Kingsville came in third. Greyvitos now has 10 points going into the Kentucky Derby and has joined the likes of Firenze Fire, McKinzie and Free Drop Billy.
Ben’s Cat wins the 2017 Vox Populi award
The 2017 Vox Populi or the Voice of the People award for 2017 was passed to the late Ben’s Cat. The quadruple times Maryland winner was chosen as the winner of the award after receiving record-breaking votes. The voting process was held online at secretariat.com. Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat as well as the founder of the award, created this Vox Populi award to recognise the best and most popular horse of the year for Thoroughbred racing. Ben’s Cat had an amazing 8-year career, in which the horse achieved its legendary status. The 11-year-old Ben’s cat even took part in three races in 2017. In well over 60 races, Ben’s Cat was in the cash 48 times and earned $2.6 million. Owned and trained by Hall of Famer King T. Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat sure had a very special relationship with its companion. Their story often inspired many in the racing world.
Trainer Ron Ellis suspended for drug violation
Ron Ellis faced suspension for 60 days and also received a fine of $10,000 for a drug violation. The California Horse Racing Board passed this decision for the 2016 Breeder’s Cup. Ron Ellis’s horse Masochistic was debarred from second place after anabolic serum was found in the horse’s blood. In that time Ellis claimed this to be a very unfortunate event. The trainer will start his suspension from January first.