Monthly Archives: July 2016

2015 Virginia-Bred Horse Of The Year Pulls Upset Saturday In Grade I Stakes at Del Mar

Kosta Hronis played a bit coy earlier in the week about Stellar Wind‘s chances in her second try against Beholder.

He gushed about the honor of being able to run against the three-time champion in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I), but showed no interest in ducking her on their home turf. The owner also made sure to stress one point.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Hronis said. “We like our horse.”

Now everyone knows why.… Continue reading

Weekend Stakes Preview For July 30-31; 3 Virginia-Bred/Owned Horses Will Compete In Stakes

Nyquist vs. Exaggerated and Beholder vs. Virginia-bred Stellar Wind. Four of the biggest names in horse racing will compete in two of the biggest stakes races of the weekend — the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational (Monmouth) and $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes (Del Mar), both Grade I events. And, two more horses with Virginia ties — Rapid Rhythm and Disco Barbie — are entered into weekend stakes. If you don’t have an on line betting account yet … Continue reading

Virginia-Bred & Owned Horses Thrive In Weekend Stakes Action

Two of the three Virginia-bred stakes winners from the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Day racing event at Pimlico June 25th returned to action this past weekend and got a first and second place finish. Queen Caroline, who captured the $60,000 Nellie Mae Cox Stakes that day, won the $100,000 TaWee Stakes at Indiana Grand July 20th while 9-year-old Two Notch Road, winner of the $60,000 White Oak Farm Stakes a month ago, finished second in a $47,000 allowance optional… Continue reading

Trio Of Virginia-Bred Horse Owners Collect A 25% Bonus For Weekend Wins

Three owners of Virginia-bred horses collected a 25% bonus in addition to their purse earnings this past weekend courtesy of a new HBPA/VTA bonus incentive program, which is still in its first month. Respective wins by Service for Ten, Lime House Louie and Money Tree gave owners Mark Lapidus, LLC, the Wildcard Stables and Stoneybrook Thoroughbreds Inc. the extra bonus.

Service for Ten captured a $45,000 allowance optional claiming race Sunday at Laurel with a last to first second… Continue reading

David Lermond Appointed To Virginia Racing Commission Executive Secretary Position

VIRGINIA RACING COMMISSION APPOINTS DAVID LERMOND AS ITS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

(RICHMOND, VA—7/22/16)—-The Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) announced today that it has appointed Dave Lermond to serve as its Executive Secretary, effective June 25th.

Lermond had been the Acting Executive Secretary since early March, when former Executive Secretary Bernard Hettel stepped down from that position. Lermond had previously been the VRC’s Deputy Executive Secretary and Fiscal Officer since 2008 and currently serves on the Model Rules Committee for the Association of… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Winner Pays $148.60 In Upset Monday At Mountaineer

Virginia-bred horses Ghost Is Fine and Explore each won a claiming race at Mountaineer Park Monday night, each got the winner’s share of identical $6,300 purses, and each earned a 25% bonus for their respective owners as part of the new HPBA/VTA Virginia-bred owner’s bonus program.

There were two differences though — the distance raced and the return on investment. Ghost Is Fine won at the six furlong distance while Explore connected at one mile… Continue reading

Highly Regarded Sticksstatelydude Earns 2nd Career Victory

Highly regarded Sticksstatelydude, who won honors as top Virginia-Bred 2 Year Old Colt in 2015, captured his second career victory this past weekend in a $77,000 allowance race at Belmont.
Sticksstatelydude wins a $77,000 allowance race July 15 at Belmont. Photo by Pack Pride Racing.

Sticksstatelydude wins a $77,000 allowance race July 15 at Belmont. Photo by Pack Pride Racing.


 The First Dude colt stumbled at the start but recovered quick enough to still go gate to wire in winning the one mile race by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:34.04. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin… Continue reading

Morgan’s Ford Farm Is All Atwitter

by | 07.15.2016 | 11:43am- Reprinted from today’s Paulick Report

The Morgan’s Ford Farm barn at Fasig-Tipton was a bustling place in the late afternoon of July 12 as employees began the process of packing up equipment. The Virginia-based consignor had brought two yearlings to the July Sale and was loading up its truck after a long day of showing horses. Watching all the commotion with great interest was a terrier named Magpie and a small bird, sitting… Continue reading

Three Chimney’s Chris Baker to Judge 2016 Yearling Futurity, September 3rd at the Warrenton Horseshow

It’s time to gussy up your Virginia-bred or Virginia-Sired yearlings for a chance to win big at the 15th annual $15,000 Virginia Breeder’s Fund Yearling Futurity to be held Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds.

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Even if you don’t have a yearling to show, come out and get pointers from the experts. Chris Baker and top Virginia horsemen will be giving a seminar on conformation after the Futurity. Chris will talk about… Continue reading

Alert From Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

SECOND CASE OF EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS IN A VIRGINIA HORSE THIS YEAR

~ Disease has a 80 to 90 percent mortality so prevention is key ~

 The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a thoroughbred, was from Suffolk. The horse had been vaccinated and is recovering. Without vaccination the mortality rate is 80 to 90 percent.

VDACS received confirmation… Continue reading