NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- Racing analyst Kim Goodwin will leave her position with the Maryland Jockey Club.
After eight years with the organization, the past seven as a handicapper-analyst on HTS, Goodwin is returning to her native Lexington, Ky.
"It was a hard decision," she said. "I have worked with and met a lot of great people and had some wonderful experiences, backside at the Preakness, Cigar and this year with Silver Charm. There are too many highlights to remember. But I think it's time to get away from the racetrack for a while and re-evaluate where I'm going."
Goodwin, 30, said she has some "job prospects within the industry" but nothing firm.
She will finish her duties at the new Colonial Downs, Virginia's first thoroughbred track, Sunday. "I want to thank everybody who was patient with me at the start, the riders, the trainers," she said. "And I appreciate all the kind things people have said when they learned I was leaving."
Goodwin will return to Maryland on Oct. 18 to work the Maryland Million program for Fox TV.
During her stay in the state, she has covered the Virginia Gold Cup and the Triple Crown races for CNN and worked for ESPN, HTS and on various radio shows.
"I was still in school when I started here," she said. "In fact, I got my college diploma at Laurel. But it's time for a change."
Colonial Downs director of operations Stan Bowker said the track has not decided on a replacement. Doc Malloy has shared assignments with Goodwin.
Colonial Downs on uptick
Bowker said operations have settled down at the track between Richmond and Norfolk.
"As of Friday, we finally got all the construction people out of here, which makes it a little more comfortable for everybody. There are a few odds and ends, but most everything is completed."
Last week, per capita betting rose on weekdays. "We've seen an improvement," Bowker said.
For the period of last Wednesday through Saturday, attendance increased by 1,089 fans over the corresponding days the previous week. The handle rose nearly $78,000, and the daily average began rising slightly.
Shift for All Along?
Racing secretary Lenny Hale would like to move the All Along Stakes on the turf back to Laurel Park, but all depends on a meeting this week about the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship series.
"We have a couple ways to go," Hale said. "If we go to Laurel, I'd like to run it Oct. 19."
Two other turf races here, the Damascus and the Bald Eagle Breeders' Cup, have been shifted to the main track.
Colonial Downs' grass course will not be ready until next year.
Power Play wins feature
Heavily favored Power Play came running through the lane and scored an easy victory in yesterday's feature, the $53,375 Legendra Handicap.
It was the third winner of the day for Edgar Prado, who is far in front in the jockey standings with 31 winners.
Power Play won the Delaware Handicap two months ago, and "since then, she's been a completely different filly," trainer Graham Motion said.
Timonium yearling sale
Maryland's biggest yearling sale ever will be held at the Timonium pavilion beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 29-30.
More than 600 horses are cataloged, and Mason Grasty, Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic executive vice president, said "every horse nominated was accepted."
About 100 temporary stalls have been erected in center field.
Pub Date: 9/22/97