• Betting Handle In Virginia Continues To Rise Virginia wagering figures on horse racing have been tabulated for the month of March 2017 and the first quarter itself, and handle placed via the four partner Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) sites continues to rise. TVG, which handled $2,724,759 in bets from Virginians last month, continues to lead the way in activity. TwinSpires and XPressBet though, each had their best month of the first quarter, handling $2,093,806 and $1,135,952 respectively. NYRABets, newest player in the Commonwealth, handled $55,144. The four combined to generate $6,009,662 in handle, just shy of January’s $6,053,361 when the inaugural Pegasus World Cup was held at Gulfstream Park. For the quarter that includes January through March, the four combined ... Read more
  • Virginia-Breds Thrive Over Easter Weekend Virginia-breds had a solid Easter weekend, bagging five wins over Saturday and Sunday then for an encore, collected additional wins the immediate Monday and Tuesday after. Horses bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin reached the winners circle three times in that span — Lovin d’Cause, Talk Less and the hot American Dubai. The wins came respectively at Mountaineer, Mahoning Valley and Sunland Park. The first two broke their maidens while the latter won his fourth straight race, all in 2017. Lovin d’Cause is a 3 year old Creative Cause filly who surged from second in mid-stretch of her five furlong maiden special weight race April 15th to win by 3 1/2 lengths. ... Read more
  • American Dubai Rolls To Victory In The $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap American Dubai was on the Derby trail early in 2016 and has blossomed at the current Sunland Park meet as a 4 year old. Bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, the E Dubai colt has won 4 straight at Sunland including the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap Easter weekend. Here’s the recap from the Daily Racing Form. American Dubai won his fourth consecutive race Sunday when he darted home by four lengths over Neck ‘n Neck in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap. The race was one of two stakes on the card. On the Low Down won his maiden in the $110,000 Copper Top Futurity. American Dubai ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred Stellar Wind Captures Grade I Apple Blossom At Oaklawn The following appeared in Bloodhorse.com April 15th Stellar Wind‘s résumé leading up to her 5-year-old season was already, well, stellar. She earned a championship, defeated four-time champion Beholder twice, and won six graded stakes overall—but she added a line to her accomplishments April 14 at Oaklawn Park. Since joining trainer John Sadler after breaking her maiden at Laurel Park during her 2-year-old year, Hronis Racing’s daughter of Curlin   has won all of her races at home on Southern California soil. But in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Friday, Stellar Wind shipped out of town and won for the first time. Her two previous ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred ’15 and ’16 Champion Horse Set For Friday’s Grade Apple Blossom Handicap At Oaklawn Oaklawn Park’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) has been an ideal springboard for West Coast-based fillies and mares for some time—think two-time winner Zenyatta and three-time winner Azeri. The 2017 running of the 1 1/16-mile race April 14 in Hot Springs, Ark., puts another California-based champion in the spotlight as Stellar Wind is among six entered for the $600,000 race. Hronis Racing’s daughter of Curlin   makes her 5-year-old bow in the Apple Blossom and will carry top weight of 122 pounds, four more than Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Terra Promessa, a five-time winner at Oaklawn, and five more than Nancy Vanier and Cartwright ... Read more
  • Virginia Owned Dortmund Is Now Retired A day after the 2017 Santa Anita Derby (G1), the race’s 2015 winner officially ended his racing career. Dortmund, who won the Santa Anita Derby with a relentless effort two years ago, has been retired, owner Kaleem Shah said April 9. “He’s been so good to us,” Shah said. “It’s time to take care of him.” After his determined victory in the Santa Anita Derby, the massive chestnut son of Big Brown   rolled into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) undefeated in six starts. He finished third in the Run for the Roses to Bob Baffert stablemate and eventual Triple Crown ... Read more
  • Sportsman, business impresario Randolph ‘Randy’ Rouse dies at 100 Reprinted from the Fauquier Times By Vicky Moon and Leonard Shapiro: Apr 8, 2017 Randolph D. “Randy” Rouse, a business impresario and a dashing, dapper and daring sportsman died on Friday, April 7. He was 100 years old. Widely known throughout Northern Virginia, and particularly in the horse country of Fauquier and Loudoun counties, Rouse recently also showed his philanthropic side when he donated the Middleburg Training Track, which he’d owned since 2006, to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. He signed the papers on Dec. 29, the day before he turned 100, and told the Fauquier Times “at my age, you have to start thinking ... Read more
  • 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 claiming race in which she was claimed for $7500. Bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, Hold Me Black beat a field of six other by 8 1/4 lengths in earning his first win ... Read more
  • 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 the $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. 2) from Keeneland, $1 Million Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) and $750,000 Wood Memorial (Gr. 2) from Aqueduct. Stick around after ... Read more
  • 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 time in 17 starts, and at the top level for the first time. Previously he was a Group 3 victor in France ... Read more