Monthly Archives: July 2014

Virginia Horses Dominate in National Stakes Races

July was a busy month for horses owned, bred and trained in the Commonwealth. Across the country, Virginia horses and horsemen were represented on the national stage. Two prestigious Virginia-raised horses, Wicked Strong and Tonalist, battled head-to-head down the stretch of the Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga, with Virginia-owned Wicked Strong prevailing over the Grade I Belmont winner by 2 1⁄4 lengths.

Meet a few of the other horses that carried the flag for the Old Dominion this month.… Continue reading

Horses to Watch This Weekend

We have an exciting weekend ahead for Virginia horses! Be sure to tune into all the action to cheer these horses on.

HORSE: TONALIST (VA-raised)

Race: Grade II Jim Dandy, Saratoga

Post Time: 6:01 PM Saturday

Despite lugging in under the shadow of the wire, Tonalist determinedly ground past Commissioner to secure the victory in the Grade I Belmont by a neck. Photo courtesy Nick Hahn.

Despite lugging in under the shadow of the wire, Tonalist determinedly ground past Commissioner to secure the victory in the Grade I Belmont by a neck. Photo courtesy Nick Hahn.

Tonalist is the 8/5 morning line favorite in this 1 1/8-mile prelude to… Continue reading

Virginia Winners Update

Several Virginia-connected horses have been turning in back-to-back performances up and down the East Coast this month. Virginia-bred General Ike, bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin and owned by Fox Hill Farms turned in a hat-trick at Delaware over the last three months. The 3-year-old son of Quiet American out of Hawaiian Love (Not For Love) capped it off with a 1/2-length score in a July 17 in a mile allowance race–backed up by a 7 1/2-length maiden special weight… Continue reading

RACING COMMISSION SENDS NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

There will be a meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission held on Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. This Special Meeting, regarding 2014 Thoroughbred Race weeks and days will be held in the Horsemen’s Building at Colonial Downs, 10700 Horsemen’s Road, New Kent, Virginia.
The public will have an opportunity to comment at the end of the meeting.

INDUSTRY UPDATE CONFERENCE CALL TONIGHT

Tonight will be the second industry update conference call.  Bernie Hettel and Frank Petramalo will update you on the latest news on the negotiations between the Horsemen and Colonial Downs. After the update the phone lines will be open for your questions and comments.

Call in number:  (844) 861-1152

Conference ID: 73741963

 

Virginian-owned Yearling Makes $410K at Fasig-Tipton

Fireworks went off for one Virginian at the exclusive Fasig-Tipton July sale this week. Louisa Lenehan’s Locklaw Farm–with Virginia yearling futurity judge Bayne Welker and his wife Chris–bred a beautiful Blame colt who sold to Charles Sanford for $410,000. Although the colt out of Princess Birdeye was foaled in Kentucky, where the mare now resides, Lenehan typically raises and preps all of her yearlings in Virginia. We look forward to seeing what this gorgeous colt goes on to do at… Continue reading

Virginia-bred yearlings in Fasig-Tipton July

The Fasig-Tipton July sale kicks off today. Check out all of the Virginia-breds on offer here.

You can find the full July catalog online here.

Hip 19. Filly by Exchange Rate out of Senate Caucus. Consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services agent for Corner Farm John Behrendt.

Hip 19. Filly by Exchange Rate out of Senate Caucus. Consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services agent for Corner Farm John Behrendt.

Hip 24. Colt by Haynesfield out of Shawnee Country. Bred and consigned by Morgan's Ford Farm, Susie and Wayne Chatfield-Taylor.

Hip 24. Colt by Haynesfield out of Shawnee Country. Bred and consigned by Morgan’s Ford Farm, Susie and Wayne Chatfield-Taylor.

Hip 42. Filly by Hold Me Back out of Stylish Affair. Bred by Mrs. Oliver C. Iselin, III. Consigned by Eaton Sales.

Hip 42. Filly by Hold Me Back out of Stylish Affair. Bred by… Continue reading

Racing Round-up

Virginia-bred C M’s Quietann, a homebred for Tracy A. Willis, broke her maiden at Charles Town to close out the month of June. The daughter of Civilisation, out of Lady Tops by Holme on Top, closed hard to win the 6 1/2-furlong contest by the better part of 7 lengths. She is trained by Edwin Tobin.

C M's Quietann, owned and bred by Tracy Willis, won a Charles Town maiden on June 28. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

C M’s Quietann, owned and bred by Tracy Willis, won a Charles Town maiden on June 28. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Further north at… Continue reading

Weekend Stakes Preview

Be sure to tune in to the stakes action over the weekend. Starting on Thursday, six different Virginia-breds will be lining up in stakes races across the country.

The holiday weekend kicks off on Thursday when the Audley-bred Angel of Mercy contests the 6-furlong Beautiful Day Stakes at Delaware Park. The 3-year-old filly, trained by Graham Motion and owned by Huckleberry Farm, is by First Samurai and out of the Yes It’s True mare Midtown Miss. The bay broke her… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Appeals Virginia Racing Commission’s June 23rd Order

The battle between the VHBPA and Colonial Downs over race dates is likely to go to court rather than be resolved through direct negotiation.

Last Monday, June 23, the Virginia Racing Commission conditioned rescinding its December 2013 order, which directed Colonial Downs to run a 2014 race meet of 5 weeks/25 days, if Colonial Downs executed a contract with the VHBPA providing for an 8 week/24 day-race meet in 2015. Following the VRC meeting, VHBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo… Continue reading