Monthly Archives: June 2014

Stakes Action Preview

Miss Mischief dominating in the Pearly City Stakes. Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese.

Miss Mischief dominating in the Pearly City Stakes. Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese.

Be sure to tune in to the Firecracker Stakes at Mountaineer on Wednesday, July 2. Virginia-bred Wardelle and Virginia-owned Miss Mischief will both line up for the $75,000 mile turf contest.

Miss Mischief, at 8/1 on the morning line, will go into the two-hole on the back of a fourth-placed allowance finish at Belmont. The daughter of Into Mischief is owned by Virginian Dianne Manning and trained by… Continue reading

Lazy Lane Sales Prep Seminar Recap

Seminar attendees inspecting a Lazy Lane yearling.

Seminar attendees inspecting a Lazy Lane yearling.

The VTA enjoyed a great turn-out at the Sales Prep Seminar great day at historic Lazy Lane Farm on June 23. Thank you to Frank Shipp and his staff for having us, and allowing this wonderful event to go forward. Thank you also to the Virginia Horse Industry Board for sponsoring!

Participants enjoyed an expert panel that included Kitty Taylor (Warrendale Sales in Lexington, Kentucky), Bill Reightler (Bill Reightler Sales Agency in… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Round-up

Three Virginia-breds turned in solid performances during the week, including two in one day at Presque Isle Downs on June 23. Congratulations to all connections!

Virginia-bred No Wonder At All turned in a  smooth performance on June 23 to win an allowance at Presque Isle for owner and breeder Larry Johnson. Owned in partnership with Legacy Farm, the daughter of E Dubai was a length winner of the mile allowance contest, beating heavy favorite Earnings Release in the process.… Continue reading

Virginia Connected Horses Highlight Stakes Action This Weekend

Starting today through the holiday weekend, Virginia-bred or owned horses are running in stakes races around the country.

The action starts this evening, when the Edward P. Evans-bred Challenging will try to take the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Thank You Marylou, 2013 champion Virginia-bred  2-year-old filly, tries to complete the Virginia-bred double at Prairie Meadows Saturday in the Grade III Iowa Oaks. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McNeely III, Thank You Marylou was most recently… Continue reading

Racing Commission orders Colonial to Sign Contract with VHBPA by July 1

At today’s Virginia Racing Commission meeting, the commissioners unanimously ordered Colonial Downs to enter a contract with the VHBPA by July 1 for a 2015 race meet of 8 weeks/24 days, including opening the backside for stabling and training. If Colonial signs an agreement the commission will rescind its outstanding December order requiring the track to run 5 weeks/25 days in 2014. Otherwise Colonial Downs faces proceedings to revoke its license if track management refuses to run 5 weeks of… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Winners Update

South Andros

South Andros winning the Justakiss Stakes at Delaware Park on June 5. Photo courtesy Hoofbeats.

Virginia-bred South Andros won the Justakiss Stakes at Delaware Park on June 5. Bred by Chance Farm and owned in partnership by Chance Farm and Hillwood Stable, daughter of Sky Mesa is trained by Rodney Jenkins. The Justakiss, 1 1/16 miles on the dirt, was the gray filly’s stakes debut, and she acquitted herself with class: After breaking from the four-hole, the 4-year-old moseyed along… Continue reading

Racing Commission Meeting Postponed Until June 23rd

The Special Racing Commission Meeting, regarding 2014 Thoroughbred Race weeks and days, has been postponed from June 19th until Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  No reason was given for the postponement. The meeting will still be held in the VHBPA building at Colonial Downs.

 

Virginia-raised Tonalist secures Belmont victory

On Saturday, Virginia-raised Tonalist gave connections the ultimate prize in racing: a Classic victory. Bred by The Plains-based Rene and Lauren Woolcott and out of a mare selected by Virginia bloodstock agent Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, the son of Tapit took his win streak to two-for-two in a head victory in the Belmont Stakes.

Lauren Woolcott at Woodslane Farm, where she and husband Rene raised Tonalist. Photo courtesy Woolcott.

Lauren Woolcott at Woodslane Farm, where she and husband Rene raised Tonalist. Photo courtesy Woolcott.

The lightly-raced Tonalist, raised in Virginia… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Update

At a May 30 meeting with Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones, the VHBPA, Colonial Downs and the Virginia Racing Commission discussed the possibility of a Colonial summer ship-in meet beginning July 4th and ending on Labor Day for a total of 22 race days. Races would run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. No agreement was reached at the meeting because Colonial representatives needed to consult with track owner Jeff Jacobs.

In a follow-up call on Friday, Racing Commission representatives spoke… Continue reading

Virginia Breeders of Tonalist Hope for Belmont Victory

Tonalist winning the Grade II Peter Pan by 4 lengths. Photo courtesy Chelsea Durand.

Tonalist winning the Grade II Peter Pan by 4 lengths. Photo courtesy Chelsea Durand.

“It’s the lightning in the jar.”

That’s the first thing Lauren Woolcott says when you ask her about Tonalist, the son of Tapit that she and husband Rene bred — the horse that will go into the gate for Saturday’s Grade I Belmont. The bay colt was a 4-length winner of the Grade II Peter Pan in May and looks to claim a classic victory… Continue reading