Monthly Archives: May 2014

Member Ken Tomlinson Passes Away

Ken Tomlinson. Photo courtesy Ted Lipien.

Ken Tomlinson. Photo courtesy Ted Lipien.

 

Member and lover of the game Ken Tomlinson passed away May 1 at a hospital in Winchester, Va. He was 69. A former editor of Reader’s Digest and chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Mr. Tomlinson is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rebecca Moore Tomlinson of Middleburg, VA; two sons, Will Tomlinson of West Hartford, Conn., and Lucas Y. Tomlinson of Alexandria, VA; and a sister.

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Meeting With Commerce Secretary Brings No Resolution

Representatives from the VHBPA, Colonial Downs and Virginia Racing Commission had a four hour meeting in Commerce Secretary Maurice Jone’s office yesterday to try to negotiate an agreement between the HBPA and Colonial Downs.

During the meeting, Secretary Jones made it clear that he opposed Colonial surrendering its license. Per VHBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo, the discussions covered the same proposals and requests that Colonial Downs and the Horsemen have rehashed over the last few months. The meeting ended with… Continue reading

Learn From the Experts at Sales Prep Seminar June 23rd

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Join us Monday June 23rd at Lazy Lane Farms in Upperville for a sales prep and conformation seminar!

Let the experts tell you what they look for in a sales prospect and what it takes to increase your chances of having success in the sales arena.  We will have the opportunity to go through the Lazy Lane yearlings while our speakers give you their thoughts on each individual. Our expert panel includes Kitty Taylor (Warrendale Sales in Lexington, Kentucky)… Continue reading

Hard Enough wins Grade III Red Bank

Virginia-bred Hard Enough winning the Grade III Red Bank S. Photo courtesy Equi-Photo.

Virginia-bred Hard Enough winning the Grade III Red Bank S. Photo courtesy Equi-Photo.

2013 Champion Virginia-bred Turf Horse Hard Enough has done it again! The 4-year-old son of Hard Spun won the Grade III Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth on Saturday, beating multiple graded stakes winner Slim Shadey in the process.

Bred by Larry Johnson, Hard Enough is no stranger to the winner’s circle. In 2013, the chestnut colt won two back-to-back stakes in 2013. In July, Hard… Continue reading

2014 Racing Dates Request Delayed Again

Following weekend-long negotiations, there was once again no agreement  reached between the VAHBPA and Colonial, despite hope that a decision would be reached. Both sides have been ordered to be back in front of the Commission on Thursday May 22.

Although the two groups did not have a signed agreement ready for Commission approval, it was reported that they were very close after working through the weekend on a deal. Chairman Sarge Reynolds took opening statements from both groups… Continue reading

Timonium Virginia-breds: Conformation Shots

These 2-year-olds are on offer at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale Monday and Tuesday of this week. Check out the catalog here.

Hip 104, a colt consigned by B&C Bloodstock. Cat Thief Colt - Charm My Heart, by Silver Charm. Breezed in 10.4.

Hip 104, a colt consigned by B&C Bloodstock. Cat Thief Colt – Charm My Heart, by Silver Charm. Breezed in 10.4.

Hip 93, a colt consigned by Wavertree Stables, went in 22.0. Congrats - Cat Alert, by Tabasco Cat.

Hip 93, a colt consigned by Wavertree Stables, went in 22.0. Congrats – Cat Alert, by Tabasco Cat.

Hip 464, a colt consigned by SAB Sales, went in 10.4. Fairbanks - See Ashleigh Run, by Marquetry.

Hip 464, a colt consigned by SAB Sales, went in 10.4. Fairbanks – See Ashleigh Run, by Marquetry.

Virginia-bred posts bullet work at Timonium

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds In Training under-tack show wrapped up yesterday, with a Virginia-bred Latent Heat filly owned by Marshall Dowell and consigned by Marshall Silverman turning in the bullet quarter work on Wednesday. The bay miss covered the distance in 21.3 seconds and sells as hip 242.

Check out all the results and pictures of the many Virginia-breds on offer. The sale runs May 19 – May 20. Watch the breeze videos here and download the catalog here… Continue reading

Gold Cup Events a Huge Success

The VTA would like to thank everyone that came out to our two very successful events over Gold Cup weekend! We would also like to offer special thanks to the Gold Cup Association and to the Virginia Horse Industry Board for their sponsorship, which made the events such a success.

On Friday night, we presented the awards for the 2013 Champion Virginia-breds and gathered to cheer on Virginia-bred Thank You Marylou in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks. We enjoyed pre-wagering… Continue reading

Agriculture grows across the board in VA

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The Associated Press reports that agriculture is growing by almost every metric in the state of Virginia. According to a 2012 census, the Old Dominion devotes more than 8 million acres to farming, up 2.4 percent from 2007.

Read the full story online here.

Commission Directs Colonial Downs and VAHBPA to Run 5 Week/25 Day Race Meet in 2014

On Wednesday, the Virginia Racing Commission reconfirmed the five-week, 25-day race date resolution they approved previously last December. Chairman Sarge Reynolds further instructed Colonial Downs and the Horsemen submit a signed contract ready for approval at the Commission’s next meeting May 19th.

Upon approval of the contract, Colonial’s satellite wagering facilities would be re-opened promptly. While the horsemen indicated they are ready to sign a contract similar to last year’s, comments from Colonial Downs president Ian Stewart suggested that… Continue reading