• Pair Of Horses Bred By Lady Olivia at North Cliff Win In Early December Four Virginia-breds reached the winners circle this past week including Galaxy Express and Wing Fighter, a pair bred by Lady Olivia at North Cliff. Galaxy Express, who was 4th in the 2016 Jamestown Stakes, was best December 9th in a $27,000, one mile claiming race at Parx. The 3 year old Cosa Vera gelding beat eight others courtesy of a three wide rallying  move at the top of the stretch. The winner crossed in 1:40.86, one-half length better than Fiery Opal. It was the first win this year for Galaxy Express , who also has a pair of seconds and thirds in 13 starts. His ... Read more
  • Off Track Betting Returns To Henry County The following appeared in The Martinsville Bulletin November 30th.  COLLINSVILLE-Off-track betting will soon arrive at Collinsville’s Dutch Inn. On Wednesday, the Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) granted a special use permit to the hotel, which will allow for off-track betting – state-sanctioned satellite wagering on horse racing – at the hotel’s restaurant and bar. Speaking on behalf of the Dutch Inn, Jim Farrell said that the hotel recently closed The Flying Dutchman Lounge for extensive renovations, and in 60 to 90 days, the former bar will re-open as an upscale restaurant and sports bar with satellite wagering operated by the Virginia ... Read more
  • Trainer Jonathan Thomas’ Catholic Boy Wins The Grade 2 Remsen Stakes Congratulations to trainer Jonathan Thomas and Catholic Boy, who prevailed in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes December 2nd at Aqueduct. Jonathan is the son of Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) Track Superintendent John Dale Thomas.  The following piece appeared in bloodhorse.com.  It remains to be seen if Catholic Boy prefers turf or dirt, but trainer Jonathan Thomas is surely confident of something the 2-year-old son of More Than Ready  relishes. As far as distance goes, it’s the more the merrier for owner Robert LaPenta’s juvenile colt. Tested on dirt and the 1 1/8-mile trip for the first time, Catholic Boy handled the surface switch with aplomb Dec. ... Read more
  • David Ross’s Scuba Surges To Hawthorne Gold Cup Win The following appeared in Bloodhorse.com November 25th and was written by Claire Novak-Crosby. Something about the month of November agrees with Scuba. One year after he won the Marathon Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park, the 6-year-old Tapit  gelding once again found his way to the winner’s circle—this time in the $150,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G3) at Hawthorne Racecourse. <a href=”http://ads.bloodhorse.com/servlet/click/zone?zid=473&cid=7097&mid=18081&pid=0&sid=8&uuid=d51c526636254f16386b8b17f273df60&ip=73.12.40.114&default=false&random=28364536&timestamp=20171127092926&test=false&resolution=1244×560&custom2=todays-headlines%2Cthoroughbred-racing%2Cweekend-racing-recap-newsletter%2Cmidwest-region&keywords=brendan-walsh%2Cillinois%2Chawthorne-gold-cup%2Chawthorne-racecourse%2Calonso-quinonez%2Cscuba%2Cfutile%2Cside-pocket%2Cdarrs&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fbloodhorse.com%2Fhorse-racing%2Farticles%2F224919%2Fscuba-surges-to-hawthorne-gold-cup-win&redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.obssales.com%2F” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”OBS Sales”><img src=”https://adserver.bloodhorse.com/images/OBS/OBS_11.15.17_backup_300x250.jpg” style=”width: 300px; height: 250px; border: 0px solid; ” alt=”OBS Sales”></a> Entered by DARRS and trainer Brendan Walsh off back-to-back sixths in races he won in 2016—the Oct. 1 Temperence Hill Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park and the Sept. 4 ... Read more
  • Iselin & Rizer-Bred Horses Surge In Week Before Thanksgiving Horses bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin won three races in two days this past week as Virginia-breds scored a total of seven wins in four days. Audacious Angel, Talk Less and Just Funnin Ya connected at Churchill Downs, Mahoning Valley and Mountaineer Park respectively between November 18-19. Audacious Angel was best in a $26,000 claiming race at the six furlong distance. The 4 year old City Zip filly took control from just past the quarter pole and held on to win by a neck over Like a Haint. The Steve Asmussen trainee is out of the Distorted Humor mare, Humorlee and increased her lifetime ... Read more
  • Virginia Equine Alliance Opens Third OTB This Past Weekend In Chesapeake The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) opened its third Off Track Betting Center this past weekend in Chesapeake at Buckets Bar & Grill. The restaurant is located in the Great Bridge area and is part of the Battlefield Shopping Center (228 N. Battlefield Blvd – Chesapeake, VA 23320). Heading south, Buckets is on the right hand side just before the drawbridge. Racing fans filled Buckets all day & evening on Saturday. This was the first time in over three years that satellite wagering has been available in Chesapeake. The former Colonial Downs OTB on Indian River Road stopped taking cash wagers in November, 2014. The Chesapeake site features a large main dining ... Read more
  • Horse Lover Works To Aid Veterans With PTSD This column was written by Katie O’Connor and appeared in Monday’s (Nov 20) Richmond Times Dispatch Richmond native Anne Poulson knows better than most the special connection that exists between humans and horses. It’s the trust and respect that horses require, she said, that makes that bond so special, and could be what makes horses so valuable in helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. “Horses are large creatures, and many of these veterans have never done anything (with them) except see them in a field,” Poulson said. “Coming face to face with these large creatures can be intimidating, but going through these … ... Read more
  • How ‘Bout A 15-14 Winning Exacta Combination? It Happened In Virginia-Bred Racing Action This Past Week In Virginia-bred racing action this past week, Black Prong and Blushing Justine won their first lifetime race, Unpredictable and West End Gambler scored claiming wins, and Greyvitos captured a graded stakes event at Del Mar. Black Prong, who did not race as a 2 year old, reached the winners’ circle for the first time in five starts. The 3 year old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding went five deep in the turn from fourth in his one mile event, then came home strong to win by a neck over Praise The Moon in a thrilling finish. Jockey Horacio Karamanos directed the winning effort for trainer Reid Nagle and owner Sarah Nagle, who ... Read more
  • Application For a Fourth OTB Approved By The Virginia Racing Commission At Its Tuesday Meeting An application submitted by the Virginia Equine Alliance for a fourth Off Track Betting (OTB) Center was unanimously approved by the Virginia Racing Commission on Tuesday (November 14) at its monthly meeting in downtown Richmond. The site is in Collinsville, Virginia on Route 220 — just outside of Martinsville — at a Quality Inn hotel known by many as the Dutch Inn. The OTB will be part of a 4500 square foot sports lounge that can accommodate 300 people, and will feature both manned teller stations and a number of self bet terminals. “We want to make the experience unique”, said VEA Executive Director Jeb ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred Greyvitos Captures Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes Over The Weekend The following piece appeared in Bloodhorse.com November 11th. By Jeremy Balan Saturday, 8:13 PM The $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (G3) Nov. 11 at Del Mar fit the “races aren’t run on paper” mantra. Bob Hope entrants Mourinho, Run Away, and Italiano had all shown ample speed in their young careers, and longshot Greyvitos, who drew the inside post in the field of six had not. Greyvitos hadn’t won a race in two starts, either. But with the addition of blinkers and some aggressive riding from Victor Espinoza, the 2-year-old Malibu Moon  colt shot to the front in the seven-furlong test and led every ... Read more