Monthly Archives: March 2014

No Agreement Reached on 2014 Racing Dates

No settlement has yet been reached between Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, following a Virginia Racing Commission meeting March 27.

Historically, thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs was eight to nine weeks in the summer, run over 30 to 45 race days. The purses averaged about $200,000 a day. In 2013, the schedule was curtailed to five weeks and 25 race days, with daily purses of $230,000.

Although Colonial Downs’ Ian Stewart called the 2013 meet… Continue reading

Va-breds Lead Top Mid-Atlantic Poll

Two Virginia-breds led the Top Midatlantic-bred Poll for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds and up. Check out the awesome interactive from The Racing Biz. Below are the full results.

TOP MIDLANTIC-BRED THREE YEAR-OLDS

  1. Noble Moon (36) — Virginia
  2. Gracer (33) — Pennsylvania
  3. Storming Inti (26) — Pennsylvania
  4. Steady N Love (11) — Maryland
  5. On the Backstreets (7) — Pennsyvlania

Others receiving votes:  Just Call Kenny, Exit Stage left, Extrasexyhippzster, Joint Custody, Thank You Marylou, Seeking… Continue reading

Maggie Bryant’s Dakota Slew Wins Rokeby Bowl

Maggie Bryant’s Dakota Slew dominated in the 3 1/2-mile open timber Rokeby Bowl at Saturday’s Piedmont Point-to-Point. Congratulations to owner, trainer Richard Valentine and rider Robbie Walsh.

Maggie Bryant's Dakota Slew, Robbie Walsh up. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Maggie Bryant’s Dakota Slew, Robbie Walsh up. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Maggie Bryant's Dakota Slew, Robbie Walsh up. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Maggie Bryant’s Dakota Slew, Robbie Walsh up. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Maggie Bryant's Dakota Slew, Robbie Walsh up. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Maggie Bryant’s Dakota Slew, Robbie Walsh up. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Enjoy the Gold Cup and Derby Day in the Turf Club

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The VTA and the VAHBPA

cordially invite you to attend the
Virginia Gold Cup Races
in the
Turf Club
LOCATED ON MEMBERS HILL OVERLOOKING THE PADDOCK
Saturday, May 3, 2014
11:00 a.m.
FUN AT THE RACES WITH FRIENDS AND FELLOW HORSEMEN
$165 per person
– Exclusive Access to the VTA/VHBPA Turf Club Tent –
– VIP Car Pass –
– Members Hill Badge –
– Full Bar and Catered Fare –
– Pari-Mutuel Wagering on All Gold Cup Races… Continue reading

Va-bred Rhetoricalquestion Wins Warrenton Flat Race

The steeplechase season is back! The Warrenton Hunt Point-to-point kicked off the season at Airlie Race Course on Saturday.

Noble Stables’ Rhetoricalquestion, ridden by Jacob Roberts and trained by Neil Morris, won the Virginia-bred/Sired flat race. Sponsored by the VHBPA, the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds was worth $2,000.

Rhetoricalquestion winning the Va-bred/sired race at Warrenton on March 15. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Rhetoricalquestion winning the Va-bred/sired race at Warrenton on March 15. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Longtime Member Anne Via Passes Away

Anne Via at the Eclipse awards. Good Night Shirt won an Eclipse for she and husband Sonny. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Anne Via at the Eclipse awards. Good Night Shirt won an Eclipse for Anne and husband Sonny. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Long-time VTA member Anne Via passed away in Free Union on Friday. A memorial service for Ann will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy, Virginia, at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014. The VTA offers its deepest condolences.

You can read the Daily Progress obituary here.

Commissioner Van Clief Proposes Compromise at Monday’s Commission Meeting

The room at yesterday’s Racing Commission meeting was full of Virginia trainers, owners, and breeders who were able to effectively express their need for more weeks of racing to the Commissioners in attendance. One by one, horsemen explained why Colonial Down’s current six-day race proposal would not work for them or grow Virginia’s thoroughbred industry.

Commissioner D. G. Van Clief  proposed that Colonial and the horsemen regard 2014 as a transitional year and run a seven-week, 21-day meet (Friday,… Continue reading

No Settlement Reached between HBPA, CNL

Representatives from the Virginia HBPA and Colonial Downs attended a mediation session with retired federal judge Dennis Dohnal on Wednesday morning, but were unable to reach a settlement in an hour and a half session mediated by Dohnal.

The VHBPA put forth a proposal for a seven-week/28-day race meet, a compromise on their original eight-week/32-day proposal. HBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo indicated that the horsemen’s purse account will likely have a sufficient balance to run an eight week meet… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Thank You Marylou Wins Any Limit Stakes

3-year-old Thank You Marylou, bred by Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McNeely won the Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream with style on Sunday. The daughter of Birdstone was making her 2014 debut in her first race since finishing second in the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga on August 11.

Virginia-bred Thank You Marylou dominating the Any Limit at Gulfstream. Photo by Lauren King.

Virginia-bred Thank You Marylou dominating the Any Limit at Gulfstream. Photo by Lauren King.

 

Trained by Mike Maker and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Thank You Marylou finished in… Continue reading

Virginia-breds at OBS

Check out the photos of the Virginia-breds selling at OBS on Tuesday. The sale starts at 11 AM and you can view the interactive catalog online.

HIP 9 Temple City - Tico Breeze colt bred by Hart Farm, sold for $105,000 at Fasig July to Duece Greathouse. Breezed in 10.4.

HIP 9 Temple City – Tico Breeze colt bred by Hart Farm, sold for $105,000 at Fasig July to Duece Greathouse. Breezed in 10.4.

HIP 9 Temple City - Tico Breeze colt bred by Hart Farm, sold for $105,000 at Fasig July to Duece Greathouse. Breezed in 10.4.

HIP 9 Temple City – Tico Breeze colt bred by Hart Farm, sold for $105,000 at Fasig July to Duece Greathouse. Breezed in 10.4.

HIP 96 Congrats - Cat Alert colt bred by Morgan's Ford Farm. Sold at Fasig-Tipton November for $40,000 to Machmer Hall; RNA'd at Keeneland September for $135,000. Breezed in 10.2.

HIP 96 Congrats – Cat Alert… Continue reading