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

VRC Meeting December 12

The Virginia Racing Commission will meet on Friday, December 12 at 10 A.M. in the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond. Major topics on the agenda include applications for the renewal of ADW licenses for 2015. There will be a five-minute per person public comment period following official business.

You can find the meeting agenda online here, including directions to the meeting.

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

Thoroughbred Owners 2014 Conference

OwnerView in October hosted its inaugural Thoroughbred Owners Conference at Keeneland to an enormously positive reaction, with over 300 people attending. The conference offered valuable insight to new and experienced owners alike, with expert panels from racing’s highest levels offering constructive advice to those interested in racehorse ownership.

OwnerView plans to hold the conference annually, rotating the location between the cities of their presenting sponsors, Del Mar, Keeneland, NYRA and the Stronach Group.  Discussions are currently ongoing to … Continue reading