• Region-Bred Yearlings Power First Day Of Timonium Fasig-Tipton Sale by Frank Vespe of The Racing Biz Day one of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale concluded with gains in the average and median versus 2016. The numbers aren’t strictly comparable, though; the sale, expanded to two days and nearly 500 hips, is much larger than the 323 hips who went through the ring in a one-day sale in 2016. That leaves about 70 percent of the horses still to go through the ring. Hips 151 through 495 will sell Tuesday, with action to commence at the sales pavillion at the Timonium fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m. The only rain on the day’s parade ... Read more
  • Penny Chenery Memorial Service Planned At Keeneland Mon. Oct. 9; Available To View Via Steaming LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 3, 2017) – A partial list of speakers and additional information regarding the public celebration of Helen “Penny” Chenery’s life have been announced. The service will be held Monday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion with a live video stream available at Keeneland.com and Secretariat.com. The service is open to the public. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The program will highlight Mrs. Chenery’s illustrious life and her many contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing. Scheduled speakers include her daughter Kate Tweedy, son John Tweedy, racing analyst Donna Brothers, Meadow Stable exercise rider Charlie Davis, ... Read more
  • In Virginia-Bred Races, Connections “Excited To Watch It All” by Frank Vespe | Sep 30, 2017 | Breaking, Features, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing, Top Stories | 0 comments by Frank Vespe of The Racing Biz “For stakes races I go everywhere,” said Amy Moore Saturday afternoon after watching her stable’s star, Queen Caroline, win the Brookmeade Stakes at Laurel Park. “I’m new enough to the game, I’m still excited to watch it all.” But that’s the point, isn’t it? Why own horses if not to be moved by their success? And on a day when high-end connections grabbed two of the three graded stakes on offer — leading to empty post-race winner’s circles ... Read more
  • Virginia Owned Sadler’s Joy To Compete In Grade I Stakes At Belmont Sept. 30; Here Is Your Weekend Preview Sadler’s Joy, fresh off a big win in the Grade I Sword Dancer, is the 4-1 third choice in Saturday’s $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Gr. I) at Belmont. The 4 year old Kitten’s Joy colt, who became a million dollar earner with that last win, was bred and is owned by Rene & Lauren Wooolcott of Woodslane Farm in The Plains, Virginia. He faces ten others in Race 10, at 5:45 PM. The Joe Hirsch is just one of eight Grade I stakes on Saturday available for horseplayers to watch and wager. The other two at Belmont are the $400,000 ... Read more
  • Virginia-Breds at Keeneland There was a wide variety of results for the Virginia-breds that went through the ring at the recent Keeneland September Sales. Lazy Lane Farms, LLC bred the sales topping Virginia-bred, a beautiful Into Mischief colt out of Life in Seattle. Consigned by Virginia-bred Kitty Taylor’s,  Warrendale Sales, he was purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbreds Partners and Twin Creeks Racing for $460,000. Lazy Lanes Into Mischief colt Audley Farm sold a very nice Invinsible Spirit (IRE) colt out of Fairytale Ending (IRE) to Polo Green Stable, Inc. for $240,000. Unfortunately the hurricane delayed our photographer’s arrival at Keeneland so we do not have a ... Read more
  • “Commonwealth Day” Preview of Oakley & Brookmeade Stakes For Virginia-Breds “Commonwealth Day” at Laurel is set for this Saturday with eight turf stakes scheduled. The following five are for Virginia-breds at $60,000 apiece: *Bert Allen Stakes – Race 1 (12:30 PM) *Brookmeade Stakes – Race 3 (1:30 PM) *Punch Line Stakes – Race 5 (2:30 PM) *Oakley Stakes – Race 6 (3:00 PM) *Jamestown Stakes – Race 9 (4:30 PM) There is also a trio of open graded stakes that all used to be run at Colonial Downs:  *$150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (Gr. 3) – Race 7 (3:30 PM) *$200,000 Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup  (Gr. 2) – Race 8 (4:00 PM) *$200,000 Commonwealth Derby (Gr. 2) – Race 11 (5:30 PM)   Here is a ... Read more
  • Trio Of Virginia-Breds Collect Maiden Scores This Past Week In advance of Saturday’s (Sept. 30) Commonwealth Day” program at Laurel Park, Cross Roads, Sheet Lightning and Gentle Prince all earned their first lifetime victories this past week in Virginia-bred action. Just Call Kenny, Code West and American Dubai all earned top three finishes in key stakes. And veteran horses like Defondo, What a Wildcat, Bourbon and Beer, and Greek God reached the winner’s circle in various claiming events around the country. Cross Roads broke her maiden at Laurel September 22nd in a 5 1/2 furlong sprint that featured a field of ten. The 3 year old Quality Road filly, trained by Mike Trombetta, authored a gate to wire effort with ... Read more
  • Big Day For Virginia Horse Racing Slated On Saturday September 30th For Virginia racing, this Saturday (September 30th) is shaping up to be the biggest day in quite some time. On the thoroughbred side, the “Commonwealth Day” card at Laurel Lark features five $60,000 stakes for Virginia-breds and a trio of open graded stakes that used to be run at Colonial Downs including the former Virginia Derby. The lineup of stakes for Commonwealth-breds includes the Bert Allen, Brookmeade, Punch Line, Oakley and Jamestown while graded events include the Commonwealth Derby (Gr. 3), Commonwealth Oaks (Gr. 3) and Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup (Gr. 2).      On the harness side, Shenandoah Downs in the picturesque town ... Read more
  • Code West and American Dubai Finish 2nd, 3rd In $175,000 Governor’s Stakes At Remington Virginia-breds American Dubai and Code West squared off for the third time in stakes competition this year on Sunday in the $175,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes at Remington Park. The former, bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, finished 2nd and 3rd — a notch better than his competitor — in both the recent Rasmussen Stakes and Cornhusker Handicap. Code West finished a notch better Sunday though, missing victory by three-quarters of a length behind the winner, Iron Fist.  In ten starts this year, American Dubai has five wins to go with a pair of seconds and thirds, good for purse earnings of $332,310. Code West, a 7 year old ridgling bred ... Read more
  • Nearly 200 Horses Nominated To September 30th “Commonwealth Day” Card At Laurel All eight stakes, led by the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G2), $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3) and $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3), will be contested over Laurel’s world-class turf course. Topping the 29 nominees to the Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup for 3-year-olds and up at one mile is WinStar Farm’s American Patriot, whose rallying neck victory in the Makers’ 46 Mile (G1) April 14 at Keeneland earned the 4-year-old colt a trip to England for the Queen Anne (G1) at Royal Ascot.. Winner of the Kent (G3) last summer at Delaware, American Patriot was fourth by 1 ¼ lengths in last year’s ... Read more