• Honorable Duty Captures Grade 3 Stakes For Virginia Owner/Breeder David Ross Trainer Brendan Walsh says Honorable Duty has been a new horse mentally over the last few months. Fittingly, the gelded son of Distorted Humor   called up all his improved fortitude in the stretch of the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Feb. 25 when he held strong over International Star splitting horses in late stretch and a stubborn Dazzling Gem to take the 1 1/16 miles test by half a length at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Watch Video Making his first start since winning the Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds Dec. 17, Honorable Duty turned his 5-year-old debut into his best outing yet in earning his ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred Stellar Wind Points To Oaklawn’s Apple Blossom As Next Start Rain in the Southern California area over the last two months has caused several interruptions to the training schedule, impacting the comeback of G1 winner Stellar Wind, reports drf.com. The 5-year-old, Hronis Racing-owned daughter of Curlin has not raced since a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but had been scheduled to return in the G1 Santa Margarita on March 11 at Santa Anita. Rain has delayed her 2017 debut, and trainer John Sadler is now pointing the star distaffer to Oaklawn’s G1 Apple Blossom Handicap on April 15. “I don’t want it to sound like I’m taking everything to ... Read more
  • “Off To The Races” Radio Show is Back On Saturday Mornings ON ESPN Radio In Richmond Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returns to talk horse racing every Saturday morning with a big lineup of guests from around the racing world every week. The one-hour program will air at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday on Richmond’s ESPN 950 AM and Sports FM 100.5.  Additional stations will be announced as they come online. The show will focus on Thoroughbred racing and breeding around the mid-Atlantic region and across the country. This show is a great way for Virginia horseplayers to prepare for each Saturday’s slate of great stakes races, especially Derby preps that lead up to the first Saturday in May at ... Read more
  • American Dubai Returns To Winner’s Circle; Virginia-Breds Connect Outside Of Mid-Atlantic Region Virginia-bred horses have been winning the past couple weeks in every part of the country except the Mid-Atlantic region. Many have come in impressive gate to wire efforts and many as betting choices. American Dubai, who a year ago was on the Kentucky Derby trail, earned his second career triumph on Valentine’s Day in a one mile, $26,000 allowance optional claiming event at Sunland Park. The 4 year old E Dubai colt beat six other horses in gate to wire fashion by 2 1/2 lengths. The victory pushed his career bankroll to $115,714. A year ago, American Dubai finished third in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn, one of ... Read more
  • Secretariat Birthday Celebration Set For March 24-26 It’s been 47 years since legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born at The Meadow in Caroline County, Virginia on March 30, 1970. Today his historic birthplace is the celebration destination for legions of devoted fans who wish to remember the great racehorse and meet members of the Meadow Stable team he took on the ride of their lives. The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration takes place March 24-26 at the Meadow Event Park in conjunction with the Virginia Horse Festival. Slated to join the birthday festivities are Charlie Davis, Secretariat’s entertaining exercise rider; Otto Thorwarth, professional jockey and actor who portrayed ... Read more
  • ADW & OTB Business Figures In Virginia For January Are Strong On line horse racing wagers placed by Virginia residents showed positive gains from all four partner Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies as the new year began. Overall handle for January was up almost five percent from the same month a year ago — $6,053,361 in 2017 versus $5,771,148 in 2016. Even more encouraging is the handle figures from the two new Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers that recently opened in Richmond. The OTB at Breakers Sports Grille, which made its debut November 2nd, handled $1,102,434 in January while Ponies & Pints, which just opened January 16th, handled $303,218. Breakers just completed its third straight month with a handle in excess of ... Read more
  • Virginia-Breds Have A Super Sunday, Much Like Football’s Patriots It was a Super Sunday for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and it was a pretty good Sunday for Virginia-bred horses too. Of the 7 that started in races around the country on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, 6 finished either first or second. Congratulations to Chas’s Legacy and Lenstar, who won races at Sunland and Gulfstream respectively, and to runner-ups Talk Less, Nancy’s Gone Wild, Pardontori’sfrench and Tiz Unbeatable. Chas’s Legacy was sent off as the betting choice and he did not disappoint. The 6 year old Bernardini gelding, bred by the Estate of Edward Evans, raced in third through ... Read more
  • Trio Of Virginia-Breds Collect Mid-Atlantic Owners Bonus; Virginia Connected Horses Fare Well On Pegasus Day Under Card Congratulations to the latest Virginia-bred horses to score an owners bonus with a victory in the Mid-Atlantic region — Greek God, Bird Call and Start Winning. Greek God had an impressive gate to wire triumph Saturday at Laurel in a one mile, $15,000 claiming race. The 6 year old son of Pleasantly Perfect beat a field of six others, and boosted his career earnings to $142,445. The victor was bred by Larry Johnson, is owned by Three M’s Racing, and is out of Grecian Wings by Mr. Greeley. He has amassed six wins, five runner-up finishes and eight thirds in 43 career ... Read more
  • Four Virginia-Bred Victories Last Week Result In Owner’s Bonuses Courtesy of HBPA/VTA Incentive Program Four Virginia-bred horses collected an owner’s bonus last week via the HBPA/VTA incentive program, courtesy of wins in the Mid-Atlantic region. Tiz Unbeatable, Jo Pye Weed, Nice Try and Simmstown all connected in their respective outings. Tiz Unbeatable is a 4 year old Tiz Wonderful colt bred and owned by Sam English II. He earned a 1 1/2 length win last Saturday at Laurel in a $15,000 claiming event. The victor chased the pace early, advanced three wide to bid for the lead exiting the turn, and then drove clear. The Rob Bailes trainee is out of the Johannesburg mare, Xai Xai.  Mr. English earned a 25%  ... Read more
  • Virginia Connected Horses Are Well Represented In Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus World Cup Card This Saturday (Jan. 28) Virginia connected horses will be well represented this Saturday (January 28th) at Gulfstream Park, which hosts the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup that afternoon. There are 12 races on the card, which begins at 11:30 AM. The Pegasus itself is at 5:40 PM, and will be broadcast live on NBC from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Virginia-bred Long On Value, with career earnings of $679,486, is slated to compete in the $125,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Stakes. The 6 year old Value Plus horse was bred by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds and has 7 wins from 25 lifetime starts. The Bill ... Read more