Tuesday, June 24, 2008

FIRST RULE: KNOW WHAT YEAR IT IS…

It's not unusual to hear local UVA and Tech folks complain about the lack of coverage given their fine institutions of higher learning and their related sporting endeavors in the regions major newspaper - the Washington Post. Some of this cranking is well deserved, but at least when they do cover the Virginia ACC members, they typically get the story right. Well, at least in the right year.

Over the past 15 years, folks in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry from C’ville north have been complaining about dwindling coverage in the Post. While they still employ a competent racing writer in Jonn Scheinman, they don’t dedicate much ink to the Sport of Kings.
However, they did cover the big race at Colonial Downs on Saturday. Their headline read thusly

SUMMER DOLDRUMS SHAKES SPRING FUNK AND WINS COLONIAL TURF CUP

Hmmm…that sounds oddly familiar…

Oh yeah, Summer Doldrums won the Turf Cup LAST YEAR.

Oops.

So on Monday, they followed up with this:

SAILOR’S CAP NOTCHES RUNAWAY WIN AT RAIN-SOAKED, GRADE III COLONIAL TURF

The story by Scheinman, was prefaced with this: NEW KENT, Va., June 21 -- Editor's Note: Because of a computer error, the story about Saturday's race at Colonial Downs that appeared in the Sunday, June 22, Sports section referred to last year's race. The correct story appears below.

Damn computers.

(Photos by Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press and Jeff Coady/Coady Photography)

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