Yearly Archives: 2014

ADW Licenses Conditionally Approved at Friday’s Racing Commission Meeting


The licenses of the four ADW companies that do business in Virginia were conditionally approved for renewal as of January 1, 2015 during Friday’s Virginia Racing Commission meeting.

Twin Spires, TVG, Xpress Bet and Colonial’s EZ Play currently are licensed to take wagers from residents of Virginia. The licenses will renew as long as the companies are current with their statutory payments to the Horsemen’s purse account, Breeder’s Fund and the Virginia Racing Commission.

As of Friday’s… Continue reading

UPDATED: Weekend Winners Recap


On December 3, the pricey Virginia-bred Hanalei Hailey broke her maiden at Tampa Bay for current connections Stonestreet and Biagi Thoroughbreds. The daughter of Malibu Moon out of the Valid Appeal mare Miz United States was a $160,000 September yearling for breeders Hart Farm. The classy filly caught renowned pinhooker Nick De Meric’s eye, and went through the ring as a 2-year-old for $625,000.

She earned that price tag in scintillating stye in the 6-furlong maiden special weight.… Continue reading

Reminder: Register your VA-bred by Dec. 31

Don’t forget: Register your Virginia-bred before December 31 to avoid additional  fees!

To register a Virginia-bred horse, an applicant must submit to the VTA by the Dec. 31 deadline the following:

A completed and signed application form for each horse to be registered. Click here for the Virginia Bred Thoroughbred Online Form.

A check payable to the Virginia Breeders Fund in full payment for registration fees. Click here for the… Continue reading

Morgan’s Ford Farm, Susan Cooney Breed Weekend Winners

Two Virginia-breds gave their breeders a reason to be thankful over the Thanksgiving weekend.

At Laurel on Thanksgiving day, Susan Cooney’s homebred Made Bail followed up on his October maiden win with a 5-length allowance score. The 4-year-old daughter of Closing Argument out of the Emancipator mare Leva Mae was wide throughout the 6-furlong test, but still made quick work of her opponents. In the four path, she spun wide coming out of the turn and drove into… Continue reading

VA-bred Stakes Schedule: Who to Watch on Saturday

Here’s a quick guide to the Virginia-breds you should be cheering on in this afternoon’s races!


Bred by Edward Evans

Runs at 3:29 in the Grade III Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream in the 7th race.

Valid winning the Grade II Monmouth Cup in July. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Valid winning the Grade II Monmouth Cup in July. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.


Bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm

Runs at 3:43 in the Grade III Delta Downs Princess Stakes at DED in the 6th race.

Code West 

Bred by Edward Evans… Continue reading

Racing Round-up: VA-breds, VA-trained and VA-owned

Virginia-bred Aix En Provence won an allowance for owner-breed James Falk last week, bringing her lifetime tally up to five. The 6-year-old daughter of Rock Slide was second in a stake at the same venue last out and made it one better here, nabbing a length victory under a strong drive. Aix En Provence has come into her own this year, lodging three of her lifetime victories since April.

aix en provence

Across the continent, Diane Manning’s 4-year-old filly Disco Barbie ran a… Continue reading

A Message from the Virginia Equine Alliance

Dear Virginia Horsemen:

As reported in our letter of October 29th, the VTA, VHBPA, the VHHA, and the Virginia Gold Cup have formed a new organization, the Virginia Equine Alliance, Inc. (VEA). The Alliance includes all Virginia horsemen and its goal is to grow Virginia’s racing industry by creating a program that will benefit Virginia horsemen and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Alliance has a new vision for racing in the Commonwealth where racing is organized by a non-profit corporation… Continue reading

Three Virginia-bred Winners on Friday

Congratulations to the three Virginia-bred winners on Friday!

Inmemoryofdad started the action off at Charles Town in the first, a maiden over 7 furlongs. The 3-year-old daughter of Knight of Darkness, a homebred for for Gerald A. Nuckols and C. Wayne Nuckols, took the lead from the start and never relinquished it. Never threatened, Inmemoryofdad bolted under the wire the better part of 6 lengths to the good, beating the favorite Wildly Appealing handily. Inmemoryofdad is trained by Joan… Continue reading

Decoy Daddy Wins Fourth Noel Lang

12-year-old Decoy Daddy earned a pat from trainer Cyril Murphy at the Montpelier Races on Saturday when the 12-year-old won the Noel Lang for the fourth time. The race was the third consecutive victory for the grand campaigner this year, following up back-t0-back victories in the Grade III National Hunt Cup Hurdle Stakes and the Grade III Temple Gwathmey Hurdle Handicap, both in the spring.

Owned by Irv Naylor, the Ireland-bred lodged his first Noel Lang in 2010, before repeating… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Wins Stake at Breeders’ Cup

Virginia-bred Long On Value made it an exciting day for the Old Dominion at the Breeders’ Cup this weekend, winning the Grade II Twilight Derby on Friday. The 3-year-old put away the 1 1/8-mile turf race by a neck, making it his second stakes victory in a row. Bred by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, Long On Value closed out the Canterbury Park meet last month with a 1 3/4-length victory in the Mystic Lake Derby.

The son… Continue reading