Monthly Archives: December 2013

Virginian Profile: Peter Bance

2013 has been a big year for Virginian Peter Bance. In July, he advised partners John Moores and Charles Noell through the purchase of all of the bloodstock held by Ireland’s Kilfrush Stud; in December, that same partnership set a European record for a broodmare when selling Immortal Verse for 4.7 million guineas at Tattersalls December.

“I was expecting that result,” Bance said of the purchase price. “If you look back on the last 10 years of top broodmare sales,… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Winners

Virginia-bred Middleburg, half bother to the globetrotting multiple graded stakes winner Winchester, dominated the tenth at Gulfstream on Saturday. The son of Lemon Drop Kid, bred by the Firestones, won the 1 1/16-mile turf contest by 1 1/2 lengths for his second lifetime win in five starts. The 3-year-old broke his maiden at Gulfstream in February.

Middleburg dominating a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Gulfstream on December 21.

Middleburg dominating a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Gulfstream on December 21.

The Larry Johnson-bred Awesome Lion, by Lion Hearted, broke his maiden at Penn… Continue reading

Thoroughbreds to be Honored at New Virginia Show

Press Release

Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show

There’s a brand new show, coming to Virginia in the summer of 2014. The Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show will feature three full days of competition for Thoroughbreds who are identifiable through The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program with Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Side Saddle, Western and Combined Training opportunities, as well as Model and Leadline classes.

There is no greater place to celebrate Thoroughbred Heritage than on hallowed grounds where great racehorses once lived.… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Awards Breeders Fund Contract, Approves Dates

The Virginia Racing Commission on Wednesday awarded the Virginia Thoroughbred Association the contract to administer the Virginia Breeders fund in 2014, pending review and approval of the 2014 budget.

“I think the Commission is looking to have more input on the monies spent by the VTA to promote the fund and Thoroughbred Industry,” said VTA Executive Director Debbie Easter. “We look forward to working closer with the Commission on these sorts of issues because it’s important that all the stakes… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Stakes Double on Saturday

Both Audley Farm and the Edward Evans Estate had reason to celebrate on Saturday, with Virginia-breds Simmstown and Blueskiesnrainbows winning the Kenny Noe Jr Handicap and the Grade III Native Diver Stakes, respectively.

Blueskiesnrainbows, who was a gallant second in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in November, returned here to best six foes over the 1 1/8-mile contest at Hollywood Park. The son of English Channel led wire-to-wire for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and owners Bad Boy Racing and Whizway Farms. The… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Member on the Derby Trail with Honor Code

Virginian Sarge Reynolds has been involved in racing for 30 years, but after Honor Code’s scintillating victory in the Grade II Remsen, the Richmonder may have the chance to take the storied walk to the paddock for the Kentucky Derby. Reynolds is a partner in Woodford Racing, which owns 10 percent of the early-Derby favorite.

Honor Code, who broke his maiden at Saratoga in August before finishing second in the Grade I Champagne in October, put in a game performance… Continue reading

Virginia-Connected Timonium Results

Virginia-connected horses netted a total of $272,800 at the Midatlantic December Mixed Sale at Timonium on December 9. The sale closed with an overall gross of $1,516,700 for 133 horses sold.

Starred horses are Virginia-breds.

Name Sire Dam Property Line Purchaser Price
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Virginia Thoroughbred Community Mourns Loss of Mr. Herb Staples

Long-time VTA member and Richmond native Herb Staples, 95, passed away on December 2. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Staples; his parents, Herbert L. Staples Sr. and Mary Richardson Staples; and his sister, Helen Horne. He is survived by his daughter, Eve Shapiro and her husband, Barry; and their sons, Jason and Matthew.

For 50 years, Mr. Staples owned Herbert L. Staples Insurance Agency, closing its doors only in 2010. Under Gov. George Allen,… Continue reading

Lazy Lane-bred Double over the Weekend

Two Virginia-bred half sisters made headlines over the weekend, with the Malibu Moon 4-year-old Centrique winning the $110,000 Glass Slipper Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday and her Pleasantly Perfect half-sister Rare Penny breaking her maiden at Fair Grounds on Friday in a 5 ½-furlong turf contest.

Both fillies were bred by Lazy Lane Farms, with Lazy Lane retaining ownership in 3-year-old Rare Penny. Centrique was a $60,000 purchase at Keeneland September in 2010 and is now owned by Miller Racing.… Continue reading

Lazy Lane-bred Bond Holder Amongst CashCall Futurity Candidates

PRESS RELEASE: Paulick Report

A stellar field of as many as 12 2-year-olds have their sights set on the Grade I, $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity, which will be run for the 33rd time Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.

Reddam Racing LLC’s Bond Holder, who finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, became a Grade I winner when he pulled off a 10-1 surprise in the Front Runner Stakes Sept. 28 at Santa Anita. Regular rider Mario… Continue reading