Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ashland Horseman Jack Ludwig Passes Away

Jack Ludwig Jr., 70, of Ashland and Gwynn’s Island, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2014, after a long illness, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Ludwig was a long-time trainer who started out painting fences at Eagle Point Farm in Ashland. He served as Camptown Racing Secretary, and began his training career in Maryland. A multiple grades stakes-winning trainer, Ludwig trained Reef Searcher, a multiple stakes winner who was placed in four graded stakes, as well as many… Continue reading

VTA Stallion Auction Live Today! Call Now to Bid!

The VTA Stallion Auction is going on right now (Tuesday)! You can still register to bid and receive a bidder number by calling the VTA office at (540) 347-4313 during the auction.

You have until 9 PM to place your bids!

Click here for bidding procedures.

Click here for the list of available seasons. 

Taking bids now at the Stallion Auction!

Taking bids now at the Stallion Auction!

Hickory Tree-bred Wins Laurel Stake

Virginia-bred Ilikecandy, bred by Jim Treptow’s Hickory Tree Farm, won the Maryland Racing Media Stakes on Monday, taking her total tally of wins up to three out of five starts. The 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon has never finished worse than second.

Ilikecandy went off the favorite and won the Media Stakes in style, finishing 7 lengths in front of the pack. The bay filly led from the start under Alex Cintron and strode away in the stretch to open… Continue reading

Reminder from the Virginia Horse Council

The Virginia Horse Council wants to remind all that the Virginia Horse Council’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Educational Seminar is coming up. The Seminar will be hosted at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia on Saturday, March 1st from 8am until 4:30pm.

The educational portion of this seminar will be broken into separate tracks to include trails, equine health, and other important issues in the equine industry. Sessions will be run concurrently to allow attendees to mix… Continue reading

Lazy Lane-bred Centrique Two-for-Two

Lazy Lane-bred Centrique is now two-for-two after winning an allowance race at Gulfstream on January 29. The Malibu Moon 5-year-old won the Starter Stakes at Gulfstream in December before lodging a 2 1/4-length victory in the mile allowance race.

Centrique has been a reliable performer for current connections Miller Racing and Marty Wolfson, accounting for 10 wins, six seconds and four thirds out of 30 lifetime starts – a 66 percent in-the-money strike rate and enough to put him in… Continue reading

Stallion Auction Postponed until February 18th & 19th

Due to impending weather, the VTA’s annual stallion auction will be postponed until Tuesday, February 18th and Wednesday February 19th.

The new open bidding day will be Tuesday, February 18th. Closing bids will take place on Wednesday, February 19th. Remember only bidders who have placed bids on Tuesday will be able to participate in the closing bidding on the same specific stallion on the 19th.

Click here to see the most extensive list of no-guarantee seasons, featuring quality stallions to… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Midnight Dreams Wins Santa Anita MSW

Virginia-bred Midnight Dream, bred by the Estate of Edward Evans, broke her maiden at Santa Anita on January 21, lodging a courageous 1 1/4-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight. Congratulations to current connections Haras Los Samanes Polo Racing and Bob Baffert! The 3-year-old is by Elusive Quality out of the Storm Cat mare Cat Minstrel.

Midnight Dream, bred by Ned Evans, winning a maiden special weight at Santa Anita on January 21. Photo Courtesy Benoit Photo.

Midnight Dream, bred by Ned Evans, winning a maiden special weight at Santa Anita on January 21. Photo Courtesy Benoit Photo.

Condolences to Family and Friends of Virginia Horseman Gary Baker

The VTA passes along its condolences to the family and friends of Gary Baker, who died on January 27 in Middleburg. A member of the Virginia Steeplechase Hall of Fame, the Maryland Horse Shows Hall of Fame and the Virginia Horse Shows Hall of Fame, Baker was the chairman of the Virginia Fall Races and the secretary/treasurer of the Virginia Steeplechase Association.

Please see thisishorseracing.com for more. 

Gary Baker at the 2001 Fairfax Races. His Double Redouble won the Bowman Bowl, with Julie Gomena up. Trained by Mrs. D.M. Smithwick. Photo Courtesy Douglas Lees.

Gary Baker at the 2001 Fairfax Races. His Double Redouble… Continue reading

Thirteen Virginia-breds Nominated to 2014 Triple Crown

Triple Crown season is officially here! Out of 413 3-year-olds nominated to the 2014 Triple Crown series during the early nomination period, 13 were Virginia-breds. This is particularly impressive given the size of the 2011 Virginia foal crop: 258 foals yielded 13 Triple Crown hopefuls.

According to the Blood Horse, that 413 number of early nominations represents an 11.9% increase from last year’s 369 early nominations and is the highest since 2008, when 449 horses were made eligible for the… Continue reading