• Alabama a chance for Unchained Melody to make up ground Hare Forest’s Virginia raised filly is favored in tomorrow’s Alabama A victory in Grade I race at Saratoga would get filly in title picture By Tim Wilkin Updated 10:16 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017 Saratoga Springs After one stakes race, trainer Brian Lynch thought he had something in Unchained Melody, a 3-year-old filly. If things go the way he hopes on Saturday, Lynch will really have something. The next stop for the lightly raced daughter of Smart Strike is the Grade I, $600,000 Alabama, the marquee race for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course. Unchained Melody is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the 11/4-mile race. That is because of ... Read more
  • Virginia Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS, Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686, www.vdacs.virginia.gov   For Immediate Release August 15, 2017   Virginia Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1    On Aug. 11, a horse exhibiting neurologic signs was transported to the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg from Culpeper. The horse was immediately isolated from the hospital population and has not come into contact with any other patients.   On Aug. 12, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Animal Health Lab in Warrenton confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). The horse remains isolated while undergoing supportive care.   On Aug. 14, a second horse from the same farm developed ... Read more
  • Four Virginia-Breds Are In Day 2 Of The Saratoga Yearling Sale Day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale is (Tuesday) at 6:30 PM with Hips 113-227 available. Four Virginia-breds are on the docket. Hip 140 (shown here) is a filly by Scat Daddy out of Bilboquet by Smart Strike. Hip 161 (shown here) is a filly by Uncle Mo out of Claire’s Song by Unbridled’s Song. Hip 204 is a filly by Violence out of Hepburn by Capote. Finally, Hip 225 is a colt by Flatter out of Lemon Crusta by Lemon Drop Kid. Read more
  • Fasig Tipton Saratoga Sale Features 5 Virginia-Breds On Monday August 7 The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale begins Monday August 7th) at 6:30 PM and Hips 1-112 will be available. Hips 113-127 will be available Tuesday at 6:30 PM. Five Virginia-bred yearlings are on today’s list. Hip 56 is a colt by Munnings out of Senate Caucus by Siphon. Hip 61 is a filly by Bodemeister out of Snit by Fit To Fight. Hip 67 (shown here) is a colt by Hard Spun out of Street Interest by Street Cry. Hip 78 is a colt by First Samurai out of Talent by Cryptoclearance. And Hip 90 is a colt by Into Mischief out of Un Blessed ... Read more
  • Ten Year Old Two Notch Road Turns Back The Clock In Winning The Meadow Stables Stakes Ten-year-old Virginia-bred Two Notch Road turned back the clock with a thrilling come from behind victory Saturday  in the $75,000 Meadow Stables Stakes at Laurel Park. The Glenn Thompson trainee (outside) trailed Tiz Our Time (inside) by 4 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch, but methodically pecked away at the leader with each stride. Two Notch Road ended up winning by a head, his first victory since June 25th last year. The Partner’s Hero gelding, bred by James Hackman, saw his lifetime bankroll surge over the $500,000 mark. On Virginia Day Saturday at Laurel, it was fitting a horse ... Read more
  • Firestone Bred Horses Win Back To Back Stakes On Virginia-Bred Day At Laurel The summer season so far has been kind to horses bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone and on Saturday (August 5th) at Laurel Park, the trend continued in a pair of stakes on Virginia-Bred Day. Both Special Envoy and Northern Eclipse won in very different style. Special Envoy and jockey Daniel Centeno dominated in gate to wire fashion in the $75,000 Hansel Stakes — the first of four Virginia-bred stakes on the special card. The 6 year old Stroll gelding was sent off at 1-9 in the 1 1/16th miles turf test and crossed 8 1/4 lengths over Mr. Magician in 1:46.59. Over $400,000 ... Read more
  • Early Grey’s Maiden Win Kicks Off Virginia Day At Laurel Park Festivities August 5th Early Grey captured a $30,000 maiden special weight race to kick off the first of five Virginia-bred races at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon (August 5th). Jockey Sheldon Russell led the effort for owner/breeder Morgan’s Ford Farm. The 4 year old Flatter gelding broke his maiden over a year ago at Laurel in a similar Virginia-bred race, but he was disqualified and placed last. Not so on Saturday. The winner settled into fifth inside in the nine horse field, moved outside to second at the top of the stretch, caught the leader with a furlong to go and crossed 1 1/4 lengths in front of Black ... Read more
  • Stakes Lineup For Saturday August 5th – Whitney, West Virginia Derby, Virginia-Bred Stakes & More August 5th is one of the busiest days of the season for horseplayers. Saratoga, Meadowlands, Mountaineer Park, Del Mar and Laurel all have major stakes races to showcase. To keep everything straight, here is a schedule to plan your afternoon. The new Richmond OTBs will be showcasing all the action Saturday — at Breakers Sports Grille in the west end, and at Ponies & Pints downtown. Virginia residents can also bet via our on line wagering partners — TVG.com, XpressBet.com, TwinSpires.com and NYRABets.com. Saratoga – 1:00 PM first post *$200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (Gr. 3) – Race 3 (2:10 PM) *$500,000 Longines Test Stakes (Gr. ... Read more
  • Deadline to Take AHC Survey to Update Economic Impact Information Extended Until August 18th If you have not already completed an American Horse Council Economic Impact Survey, please do so. The Virginia Horse Industry Board has contracted with the AHC to provide economic impact data for Virginia’s horse industry. The plan is for these surveys to be conducted on a regular basis so there is current data to use when speaking with local and state government officials. The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) announced that it will be extending the deadline to complete the horse owner and supplier survey to update the National Economic Impact Study to August 18th. The main survey is designed to capture ... Read more
  • Special Envoy, Queen Caroline Look To Double Up In Virginia-Bred Stakes From a Maryland Jockey Club release It took every inch of the one-mile Edward P. Evans Stakes for Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s Special Envoy to earn some long-deserved black type. Six weeks later he returns to Laurel Park aiming for his second straight stakes victory in the $75,000 Hansel Stakes. Joining Special Envoy in seeking to repeat in a Virginia-bred route stake will be the four-year-old Queen Caroline, who won the Nellie Mae Cox June 24 and is entered in Saturday’s William M. Backer Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile Hansel for 3-year-olds and up is one of four stakes restricted to Virginia-bred/sired horses ... Read more