Monthly Archives: March 2017

Virginia-Breds Win A Pair Each At Fair Grounds & Penn National

Virginia-bred horses collected a pair of victories at both Penn National and Fair Grounds in the final days of March, and a horse that was on last year’s Derby trail got his third straight win of 2017.

Hold Me Black and Louise’s Legacy both connected in six furlong sprints at Fair Grounds March 23rd. The former broke his maiden in a dominant gate to wire effort while the latter wired the field in a fillies/mares… Continue reading

Derby Prep Race Handicapping Session Set For Richmond OTB Saturday April 8th

Event: FREE Derby Prep Race Handicapping Seminar

When: Saturday April 8th from 11 AM – 12 Noon

Event Details: What better way to start a day that features 3 huge Kentucky Derby prep races than with a handicapping session to break down the fields of those races and discuss ways to maximize your financial return.

The panel includes three popular experts — “Derby Bill” Watson, Peter Kreutzer and Frank Vespe. The Derby preps that day include… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Long On Value Finishes A Strong Second in $1 Million Dubai Stakes March 25th

Going 1200m (about six furlongs) on the turf straight of Meydan, the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments had the potential to deliver an exciting finish.

On Saturday afternoon it outdid itself when French-trained The Right Man (GB) held on by a diminishing nose over American invader Long On Value (USA) in a thrilling finish in a swift 1.09.59.

Ridden by Francois-Xavier Bertras in the colours of Pegase Bloodstock, the son of Lope de Vega won for the ninth… Continue reading

Virginia Owned Dortmund Switches Back To Dirt In An April 1st Stakes At Santa Anita

The following appeared on the www.bloodhorse.com. Fans can watch & wager Dortmund’s race  Saturday April 1st on the same day as two huge Million Dollar Derby preps —the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds & the Florida Derby at Gulfstream. On line betting is available thru TVG.com, XPressBet.com, TwinSpires.com and NYRABets.com. The 2 new Off Track Betting Centers in Richmond will also carry the action — Ponies & Pints (downtown) and Breakers Sports Grille (west end).  

Kaleem Shah’s… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Long On Value Will Compete In Dubai This Saturday

There’s a lot of buzz in the racing world about Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate competing against 13 others in a start studded $10 Million Dubai World Cup, this Saturday March 25th.

Virginia-bred Long On Value will also be competing Saturday as part of World Cup under card at Meyden Racecourse in Dubai. The 6 year old Value Plus horse is entered in the $1 Million Al Quoz Sprint, which features a field… Continue reading

Derby Prep Race Season About To Reach Its Peak

3 Saturdays In April, 6 HUGE Derby Prep Races! The top Kentucky Derby prep races of the season will be held the first three Saturdays in April. Three year old horses will be  looking to secure a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs! Each track hosting one of these key preps has an under card filled with graded stakes too!

Bet the action at one of… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds “March On” With Wins Around The Country

Virginia-breds have been collecting wins all over the country in early March, from nearby Charles Town to distant venues like Sunland, Turf Paradise and Fonner Park. In all, seven Commonwealth-breds have connected at six different tracks.

The month started with a win by Hot and Dangerous at Turf Paradise. The 6 year old daughter of First Samurai led by a head throughout in a modest five horse field, then pulled away in deep stretch of her six… Continue reading

Secretariat Celebration At The Meadow Takes On A Miniature Aspect

As Leeanne Ladin looked at the calendar, planning ahead for the upcoming Virginia Horse Festival at the Meadow Event Park, she realized she had a problem. Ladin is Secretariat tourism manager at the park, which sits on the site of Penny Chenery’s Meadow Farm. As she brainstormed ways to get festival attendees to interact with the historic buildings on the property, she realized she needed help from a horse.

Secretariat’s birthplace may have ceased to be a working farm… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Recap From March 7th

The Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) approved several items in regards to the May 6th Virginia Gold Cup races at its regular meeting, held March 7th in downtown Richmond.

This will be the 92nd running of the Gold Cup and the fifth consecutive edition with pari-mutuel wagering. Commissioners approved a limited license application, a slate of racing officials, and the horsemen’s agreement with the Gold Cup. The agreement will have a three… Continue reading

Kaleen Shah’s Dortmund To Try Turf In Saturday’s Grade I Kilroe Mile At Santa Anita

The following appeared on Bloodhorse.com over the weekend.

Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund put in a strong workout on the Los Alamitos Race Course dirt March 5, but he’ll step on surface unknown to him in his next start.

In his first start for trainer Art Sherman, after eight wins and two grade 1 victories for Bob Baffert, the hulking son of Big Brown   will try grass for the first time in his 14-race career in the $400,000 Frank E.… Continue reading