Monthly Archives: September 2014

Virginia-breds at Timonium

Check out the Virginia-breds on offer at yesterday’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale at Timonium. A Haynesfield colt out of multiple-graded stakes winner Shawnee County topped the VA-breds, going to Eric Dattner for $75,000. Congratulations to all connections, and take a look through our photo gallery to see who is buying Virginia-breds!

Hip 113, Harlan's Holiday filly bought by Gina Rosenthal for $9,500. Bred by Audley Farm Equine.

Hip 113, Harlan’s Holiday filly bought by Gina Rosenthal for $9,500. Bred by Audley Farm Equine.

Hip 216, Drosselmeyer filly bought by Hillwood Stable for $53,000. Bred by Audley Farm Equine.

Hip 216, Drosselmeyer filly bought by Hillwood Stable for $53,000. Bred by… Continue reading

First Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Reported For 2014

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse this year.The horse, a two-year-old Arabian male from Suffolk, was vaccinated for EEE and West Nile Virus (WNV) more than a year ago but was not revaccinated this year.

 

Last year Virginia had no reported cases of EEE in horses or other livestock. The disease has a mortality rate of around 80 percent, so prevention is a… Continue reading

Thank You Marylou Romps in GIII; Racing Recap

Bred in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McNeeley, Thank You Marylou put in a dominating performance in Saturday’s Grade III Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Birdstone tracked the leaders mid-pack in the 7-furlong race before making her move 3-wide in the turn. The 3-year-old won under a steady drive by 6 1/2 lengths.

Thank You Marylou is no stranger to stakes races. Her debut was a winning one in the Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs… Continue reading

Racing Commission Approves Additional Funds for VA Breeders

Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, hosted yesterday’s Virginia Racing Commission meeting in Richmond. As of July 1st, the Virginia Racing Commission is now under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (previously the Department of Commerce).

Secretary Haymore opened the meeting by welcoming the VRC to his secretariat and explained to attendees that the governor had directed him to help resolve the contract dispute between Colonial Downs and the Virginia horsemen. With that in mind he… Continue reading

Virginia horses at Keeneland September

The Keeneland September sale is in full swing, and Virginia-bred yearlings can be found all over the sales grounds. The Old Dominion remains the place to breed and raise a quality racehorse. Do you see your next runner here? We have conformation shots, sale prices and breeders all here.
You can also watch the sale feed live online here.

Hip 871 - Colt by City Zip out of River Fancy bred by Morgan's Ford Farm and sold by Hunter Valley Farm to Ken McPeek for $250,000. Was previously sold by Morgan's Ford last November as a weanling for $90,000.

Hip 871 – Colt by City Zip out of River Fancy bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm and sold by Hunter… Continue reading

VA-breds dominate in stakes day at Laurel

On Saturday, Laurel Park generously hosted six Virginia-bred stakes races. Fields were tremendously competitive and good horses put in solid performances across the board.

Thanks from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association to the Laurel Racing Office for all of their help in attracting full fields and putting on a great day of racing!

Read the full results recap here.

Hooligan wins first group of Jamestown

Hooligan was impressive in the first group of the split-field Jamestown. Photo courtesy Jim McCue.

Hooligan was impressive in the first group of the split-field Jamestown. Photo courtesy Jim McCue.

Owned… Continue reading

Full Fields for Saturday’s Virginia-Bred Stakes At Laurel

The VTA is proud to announce the entries for the Virginia-bred stakes running at Laurel Park on Saturday, September 13. The five stakes races are full of quality horses that we look forward to seeing compete.

“We got what we were hoping for,” said VTA Executive Director Debbie Easter. “We got big, competitive fields. Kudos to Georganne’s crew in the racing office at Laurel. They really hustled entries and it paid off. These fields are significantly larger than last year’s… Continue reading

Racing Commission Meeting Set for September 17th

 

 

VIRGINIA RACING COMMISSION
AGENDA FOR THE 9/17/2014 MEETING OF THE COMMISSION

OFFICE OF SECRETARIAT OF AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY
PATRICK HENRY BUILDING
EAST READING ROOM
1111 EAST BROAD STREET
RICHMOND, VA 23219

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:00 AM

1. Call to Order – Mr. Reynolds, Commission Chairman

2. Remarks by Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore

3. Approval of 5-19-14 and 6-26-14 Meeting Minutes

4. Discussion of June 23, 2014 order concerning Colonial Downs and 2014 Race… Continue reading

Nominations for Virginia Day at Laurel

Although racing in Virginia is in a holding pattern, the VHBPA and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association will sponsor five Virginia-bred/Virginia-sired stakes races at Laurel Park on Saturday, September 13. These five stakes will be the same stakes typically run at Colonial Downs during the regular summer meet and will each carry a purse of $60,000 guaranteed.

“Thanks to Georganne and her crew in the Laurel racing office, especially Shane Burke who did a great job of hustling nominations,” said VTA… Continue reading

Congratulations to the Va-bred Yearling Futurity Winners!

Grand Champion Tizatrappe by Trappe Shot, bred by Chester Stables LLC.

Grand Champion Tizatrappe by Trappe Shot, bred by Chester Stables LLC. Photo courtesy Katherine A. Turnbull Photography.

Grand Champion:
Tizatrappe by Trappe Shot out of Lady’s Moment, by Tiznow
Bred by Chester Stables LLC (Cynthia Tucker Curtis)

Reserve Champion:
2013 colt by English Channel out of Lake Shore View, by Meadowlake
Bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm (Wayne and Susie Chatfield Taylor)

The VTA held its annual Virginia-bred Yearling Futurity on Saturday, August 30. We had a great turn-out, with 15… Continue reading