• Fields Are Set For Saturday’s (June 24) Maryland-Virginia Breeders’ Day Card This piece appeared on The Racing Biz website and was written by Frank Vespe. Listen to The Racing Biz radio Saturday mornings on Richmond’s ESPN 950-AM from 10-11 AM.. A pair of graded stakes winners, multi-millionaire Ben’s Cat and hard-hitting middle-distance star Rose Brier, headline Saturday’s day of six restricted stakes at Laurel Park. Four of the six — the Edward P. Evans (race 3), Nellie Mae Cox (race 5), White Oak Farm (race 8), and M. Tyson Gilpin (race 9) — are restricted to Virginia-bred/Virginia-sired runners. The other two, the Jameela (race 6) and Mister Diz (race 10), are for horses bred ... Read more
  • Maryland-Virginia Breeders’ Day At Laurel Park Set For Saturday June 24 Virginia Breeders’ Day will feature a four pack of $75,000 Virginia-bred turf stakes — the second editions of the Edward Evans, Nellie Mae Cox and White Oak Farm Stakes, and the inaugural Tyson Gilpin Stakes. A pair of 5 1/2 furlong maiden turf sprints for Virginia-breds will also be carded — one for colts and another for fillies/mares. Early nominations to all four turf stakes are strong. 28 horses nominated to the Edward Evans Stakes  including ’16 winner Rose Brier. The Nellie Mae Cox Stakes attracted 21 nominations including ’16 winner Queen Caroline while the White Oak Farm Stakes attracted 19 nominations including ’16 victor Two Notch Road. A total of 24 horses nominated to ... Read more
  • Champion Hansel, 1991 Preakness & Belmont Winner, Euthanized In Virginia At 29 The following piece appeared in The Paulick Report June 14th. Lazy Lane Farm’s Hansel, winner of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, and subsequently an Eclipse Award winner as champion 3-year-old male of 1991, was euthanized Tuesday at his owner’s farm in Upperville, Va., due to the infirmities of old age. He had been pensioned from stud duties in 2012. Bred in Virginia in 1988 by Marvin Little, Jr., Hansel was a son of Woodman out of Count on Bonnie, by Dancing Count. He was purchased by Joe Allbritton’s Lazy Lane Farm at Keeneland‘s 1989 September Yearling Sale for $150,000. After initial breaking at Lazy ... Read more
  • Charlottesville’s Nagle Connects In Woodbine Stakes Race With Filly Queen Del Valle TORONTO, June 11—Queen Del Valle, invading from south of the border, took over from front-running Will She in late stretch and prevailed by a half-length length in Sunday’s $100,000 Alywow Stakes at Woodbine. The final time for the Alywow, a six-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies, was a track-record 1:12.93 on a firm course. Queen Del Valle broke like a bullet from post 3 under regular rider Edgard Zayas but soon conceded the front end to Will She and jockey Jesse Campbell.    Will She showed the way through a  quarter-mile in :21.51 and a half in :43.46 and was still in front ... Read more
  • Virginia-Breds Win 5 Races Over Belmont Stakes Weekend A Virginia-owned filly captured a stakes north of the border and five Virginia-breds got to the winners circle on a successful Belmont Stakes weekend for horses/connections with Commonwealth ties. Six different tracks were represented courtesy of those successes. Queen Del Valle, trained by Reid Nagle and owned by his Big Lick Farm in Charlottesville, was best in the $105,000 Alywow Stakes June 11th at Woodbine. The 3 year old Kentucky-bred filly remained perfect in four starts from her 2017 campaign. She scored in another stakes — the Mrs. Presidentress at Gulfstream February 20th — and in a pair of starter optional claimers at Tampa and Gulfstream.  She is ... Read more
  • Virginia Bred/Raised Horses Set To Compete On Belmont Under Card Happy Belmont Day! Hope everyone has a great afternoon enjoying 6 Grade I stakes including the big race at 6:37 PM. There are several Virginia bred and raised horses to cheer on today at Belmont. Sadler’s Joy, bred by Rene & Lauren Woolcott and raised at their farm in The Plains, is entered in the $1 Million Manhattan Stakes (Race 10, 5:37 PM). The 4 year old gelding is fresh off a third in the Man o’ War Stakes and a victory in the Pan American Stakes. He has earned $197,480… this year and $342,968 in his career. Realm (shown here), a ... Read more
  • Racing Commission Approves Series Of Virginia-Bred Stakes & Overnight Races At Laurel, Charles Town At its Tuesday June 6th meeting, the Virginia Racing Commission approved the HBPA’s request to fund a series of races that will be contested in Maryland and West Virginia this year. Three showcase race days at Laurel will feature a slate of Virginia-bred turf stakes while ten individual restricted races will be contested at either Laurel or Charles Town from July through November. Virginia Breeders’ Day at Laurel kicks off the schedule on June 24th with second editions of the $75,000 Edward Evans, Nellie Mae Cox and White Oak Farm Stakes, and the inaugural Tyson Gilpin Stakes. Virginia Day at Laurel follows on August 5th with a four-pack of new offerings — the ... Read more
  • Rapid Rhythm Slated To Compete In Thursday’s Grade 3 Intercontinental Stakes At Belmont The following was submitted by Nick Hahn of The Racing Biz.  Virginia-bred female turf sprinter Rapid Rhythm takes her first try in graded stakes company in Thursday’s $250,000 Intercontinental Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park, part of massive weekend of stakes races. Bred by Lazy Lane farm in Upperville, VA, the five-year-old mare has won 8 of her 20 lifetime starts largely on the turf.   After winning the $60,000 Oakley Stakes at Laurel Park last September, Rapid Rhythm won two stakes races at the Fairgrounds over the winter.  A poor start in Keeneland’s $100,000 Giant’s Causeway led to a setback in April, though ... Read more
  • Virginia Equine Alliance Looking At King George Property For Thoroughbred Track The following appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch on Tuesday June 7th. The Virginia horse racing industry is considering a 1,000-acre farm in King George County to race Thoroughbreds, although it could be months before a decision is made. “Powhatan (Plantation) is our focus now,” Jeb Hannum, executive director of the Virginia Equine Alliance, said Tuesday at a Virginia Racing Commission meeting. The alliance, a consortium of horse racing and breeding groups, is studying whether Powhatan Plantation, located east of Fredericksburg, is feasible for Thoroughbred racing. “It’s not in the middle of nowhere,” said Frank Petramalo Jr., spokesman for Virginia horsemen, noting the property’s ... Read more
  • Stellar Wind Wins Grade I Beholder Mile With Gutsy Performance The following story appeared in The Paulick Report shortly after Stellar Wind’s impressive performance. Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind twice defeated last year’s champion older mare, but could do no better than fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at the end of the season. This year, the 5-year-old daughter of Curlin has returned with a vengeance to win both the G1 Apple Blossom and, on Saturday at Santa Anita, the newly-renamed G1 Beholder Mile. Ridden boldly by jockey Victor Espinoza, Stellar Wind pressed Vale Dori all the way around the one mile course on the fast main track, and was just able ... Read more