• 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 of twelve at six furlongs. Bred by the Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, Long On Value has earned $691,093 from 26 starts and was most recently third in the Gulfstream Park ... Read more
  • 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 the two new Richmond area OTBs — at Breakers Sports Grille in the west end or at Ponies & Pints downtown in Shockoe Bottom. Virginia residents can  also bet on line at TVG.com, ... Read more
  • 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 furlong sprint. Bred by DSR Limited Liability Corporation, she earned her third career triumph and has now bankrolled $84,840. Ring Knocker continued an impressive run at Aqueduct’s winter meet, gaining ... Read more
  • 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 years ago, but that doesn’t mean Virginia horse lovers have forgotten about Big Red. In fact, the Park has prepared a special ... Read more
  • 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 year term. The Virginia HBPA will contribute $500,000 a year toward purses at the Gold Cup; in past years, that figure was $400,000. Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) Executive Director Jeb Hannum provided an update on recent activities. Two Off Track Betting ... Read more
  • 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. Kilroe Mile (G1T) March 11 at Santa Anita Park. In his final timed work for the Kilroe Sunday, Dortmund covered seven furlongs in 1:25 4/5 ... Read more
  • Two Horses Bred By Lazy Lane Farms Close Out February With Wins Rapid Rhythm and Sambrook Edge, both bred by the Lazy Lane Farms LLC, got to the winners circle in the final days of February. Rapid Rhythm celebrated Fat Tuesday,(February 28th) in grand fashion by winning the 5 1/2 furlong, $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds. The 5 year old daughter of Successful Appeal won by a neck over Wheatfield in a come from behind effort. She was sixth at the top of the stretch in a field of eight, swung seven wide shortly after and rallied on the far outside. Out of the Quiet American mare, Patriot Miss, Rapid Rhythm won $45,000 for ... Read more
  • Honorable Duty Captures Grade 3 Stakes For Virginia Owner/Breeder David Ross Trainer Brendan Walsh says Honorable Duty has been a new horse mentally over the last few months. Fittingly, the gelded son of Distorted Humor   called up all his improved fortitude in the stretch of the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Feb. 25 when he held strong over International Star splitting horses in late stretch and a stubborn Dazzling Gem to take the 1 1/16 miles test by half a length at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Watch Video Making his first start since winning the Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds Dec. 17, Honorable Duty turned his 5-year-old debut into his best outing yet in earning his ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred Stellar Wind Points To Oaklawn’s Apple Blossom As Next Start Rain in the Southern California area over the last two months has caused several interruptions to the training schedule, impacting the comeback of G1 winner Stellar Wind, reports drf.com. The 5-year-old, Hronis Racing-owned daughter of Curlin has not raced since a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but had been scheduled to return in the G1 Santa Margarita on March 11 at Santa Anita. Rain has delayed her 2017 debut, and trainer John Sadler is now pointing the star distaffer to Oaklawn’s G1 Apple Blossom Handicap on April 15. “I don’t want it to sound like I’m taking everything to ... Read more
  • “Off To The Races” Radio Show is Back On Saturday Mornings ON ESPN Radio In Richmond Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returns to talk horse racing every Saturday morning with a big lineup of guests from around the racing world every week. The one-hour program will air at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday on Richmond’s ESPN 950 AM and Sports FM 100.5.  Additional stations will be announced as they come online. The show will focus on Thoroughbred racing and breeding around the mid-Atlantic region and across the country. This show is a great way for Virginia horseplayers to prepare for each Saturday’s slate of great stakes races, especially Derby preps that lead up to the first Saturday in May at ... Read more