Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cocktails and Conversations at Hickory Tree a Huge Success

Jim and Mary Lea Treptow kindly hosted the first of a series of VTA district events at their Hickory Tree Farm on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to their generosity, the event was a resounding success, giving the Potomac members and guests the opportunity to discuss the Virginia thoroughbred industry. Turnout was spectacular, with over 70 people attending. And there couldn’t have been a more attractive venue to have a Sunday cocktail than Confederate Hall, looking over the historic pastures at  … Continue reading

Miss Mischief Third Virginia-Connected Stakes Winner This Week

Virginia-owned Miss Mischief dominated by 6 lengths in the Pearl City Stakes at Aqueduct on Wednesday. Owned by Dianne Manning, the 3-year-old filly was making her first start for trainer Steve Asmussen in this dominant stakes debut.

Miss Mischief dominating in the Pearly City Stakes. Photo courtesy Adam Conglianese.

Miss Mischief dominating in the Pearly City Stakes. Photo courtesy Adam Conglianese.

“She’s been doing everything right,” said assistant trainer Toby Sheets. “I wasn’t sure she would beat some of the horses in there, because there was a pretty dominate favorite, but we… Continue reading

Charlottesville’s Ed and Pat Schuler Celebrate Stakes Win

In August, Charlottesville-based Ed and Pat Schuler celebrated their first Saratoga win with So Lonesome, a 2-year-old son of Awesome Again. Now, a few months later, they are celebrating the gelding’s first stakes win in the Virgo Libra Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.

The Virgo Libra represented a number of firsts for the $55,000 Saratoga Preferred purchase. So Lonesome stretched out to a mile and ran over the weeds for the first time in the $100,000 contest. After breaking his… Continue reading

Va-bred Service For Ten wins Laurel Stake for Breeder Cox

Service At Ten, shown here winning the Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes, won the Dave's Friend Stakes at Laurel on Saturday.

Service At Ten, shown here winning the Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes, won the Dave’s Friend Stakes at Laurel on Saturday.

“You never really know where the next good one is coming from.”

So says Nellie Mae Cox of Virginia-bred Service For Ten, and truer words were never spoken. The 4-year-old Virginia-bred gelding won the Dave’s Friend Stakes at Laurel on Saturday.

Service For Ten was a happy accident for Cox. Bill Collins purchased Tenacious Cheryl, a $1,000-RNA at Timonium,… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Winners

It’s been a busy week for Virginia-breds, with winners from Churchill Downs to Parx to Charles Town. Check out some of the win photos here!

Union Prayer, a Virginia-bred Dixie Union (bred by Ned Evans), broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on November 6. Kellyn Gorder trains for Los Samanes LLC.

Union Prayer, a Virginia-bred Dixie Union (bred by Ned Evans), broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on November 6. Kellyn Gorder trains for Los Samanes LLC.

Union Prayer, a Virginia-bred Dixie Union (bred by Ned Evans), broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on November 6. Kellyn Gorder trains for Los Samanes LLC.

Union Prayer, a Virginia-bred Dixie Union (bred by Ned Evans), broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on November 6. Kellyn Gorder trains for Los Samanes LLC.

Virginia-bred Anybodyreallyknow, bred by Larry Johnson, won an allowance at Parx on November 3 for Peter Kazamias.

Virginia-bred Anybodyreallyknow, bred… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Results at Keeneland

Virginia-breds have sold tremendously at Keeneland this week. See below for results:

Hip 797, a Virginia-bred Birdstone colt, sold for $110,000 to Abbey House Farm.

Hip 797, a Virginia-bred Birdstone colt, sold for $110,000 to Abbey House Farm.

Hip 452, $90,000. Colt by City Zip out of River Fancy. Sold by Morgan’s Ford Farm. Purchased by Sundown Bloodstock.

Hip 615, $22,000. Filly by First Samurai out of Cryptoqueen. Sold by Three Chimneys Sales, Purchased by Imagine.

Hip 797, $110,000. Colt by Birdstone out of My Lordship. Sold by Morgan’s Ford… Continue reading

Tremendous Turnout at Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show

The Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show in Lexington, Virginia garnered tremendous support over the last weekend in October. Congratulations to all participants! If you didn’t get a chance to speak to us at the event, we would like to encourage you to consider VTA membership. You can find out more here.

VTA Treasurer Sue Hart manning the VTA booth at the Thoroughbred Celebration Show

VTA Treasurer Sue Hart manning the VTA booth at the Thoroughbred Celebration Show

 

Press Release

Two hundred and three Thoroughbreds registered with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.)… Continue reading

Breeder William Harris Passes Away

Virginia breeder William Harris passed away at his Mineral home on Friday morning. He was 90 years old.

Since 2000, Harris lodged 217 wins and enjoyed horses like multiple-stakes winning homebred Sweet Goodbye, a daughter of Louis Quatorze who won the Grade II Barbare Fritchie Handicap in 2010. Multiple stakes winner Five Steps, also owned and bred by Harris, won four stakes races in her career, earning over $400,000. His homebred Deer Run won two stakes, including the Maryland Million… Continue reading

Classy New Additions to Virginia Broodmare Bands

Both Audley Farm and Lochlow Farm purchased beauties to add to their broodmare bands during Keeneland’s second session Wednesday.

Audley Farm purchased Arena Elvira (click for profile), a Grade II winner of $497,396, for 1.5 million dollars. The daughter of Ghostzapper is in foal to super-stallion Tapit.

“We are extremely happy to add Arena Elvira to our broodmare band,” said Audley Horse Manager Jamie McDiarmid. “She is very pretty, her dam was a super race filly and Arena Elvira… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Weanlings Selling at Keeneland Today

Check out these three Virginia-bred weanlings selling at Keeneland November today (Thursday)!

Hip 615, bred by Albert Coppola and selling with Three Chimneys. This filly is by First Samurai out of Cryptoqueen.

Hip 615, a Virginia-bred First Samurai filly bred by Albert Coppola and selling with Three Chimneys today.

Hip 452, a Virginia-bred City Zip colt selling with Morgan's Ford today.

Hip 452, a Virginia-bred City Zip colt selling with Morgan’s Ford today.

Hip 797, a Virginia-bred Birdstone colt selling with Morgan's Ford today.

Hip 797, a Virginia-bred Birdstone colt selling with Morgan’s Ford today.