Monthly Archives: November 2014

VA-bred Stakes Schedule: Who to Watch on Saturday

Here’s a quick guide to the Virginia-breds you should be cheering on in this afternoon’s races!


Bred by Edward Evans

Runs at 3:29 in the Grade III Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream in the 7th race.

Valid winning the Grade II Monmouth Cup in July. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Valid winning the Grade II Monmouth Cup in July. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.


Bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm

Runs at 3:43 in the Grade III Delta Downs Princess Stakes at DED in the 6th race.

Code West 

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Racing Round-up: VA-breds, VA-trained and VA-owned

Virginia-bred Aix En Provence won an allowance for owner-breed James Falk last week, bringing her lifetime tally up to five. The 6-year-old daughter of Rock Slide was second in a stake at the same venue last out and made it one better here, nabbing a length victory under a strong drive. Aix En Provence has come into her own this year, lodging three of her lifetime victories since April.

aix en provence

Across the continent, Diane Manning’s 4-year-old filly Disco Barbie ran a… Continue reading

A Message from the Virginia Equine Alliance

Dear Virginia Horsemen:

As reported in our letter of October 29th, the VTA, VHBPA, the VHHA, and the Virginia Gold Cup have formed a new organization, the Virginia Equine Alliance, Inc. (VEA). The Alliance includes all Virginia horsemen and its goal is to grow Virginia’s racing industry by creating a program that will benefit Virginia horsemen and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Alliance has a new vision for racing in the Commonwealth where racing is organized by a non-profit corporation… Continue reading

Three Virginia-bred Winners on Friday

Congratulations to the three Virginia-bred winners on Friday!

Inmemoryofdad started the action off at Charles Town in the first, a maiden over 7 furlongs. The 3-year-old daughter of Knight of Darkness, a homebred for for Gerald A. Nuckols and C. Wayne Nuckols, took the lead from the start and never relinquished it. Never threatened, Inmemoryofdad bolted under the wire the better part of 6 lengths to the good, beating the favorite Wildly Appealing handily. Inmemoryofdad is trained by Joan… Continue reading

Decoy Daddy Wins Fourth Noel Lang

12-year-old Decoy Daddy earned a pat from trainer Cyril Murphy at the Montpelier Races on Saturday when the 12-year-old won the Noel Lang for the fourth time. The race was the third consecutive victory for the grand campaigner this year, following up back-t0-back victories in the Grade III National Hunt Cup Hurdle Stakes and the Grade III Temple Gwathmey Hurdle Handicap, both in the spring.

Owned by Irv Naylor, the Ireland-bred lodged his first Noel Lang in 2010, before repeating… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Wins Stake at Breeders’ Cup

Virginia-bred Long On Value made it an exciting day for the Old Dominion at the Breeders’ Cup this weekend, winning the Grade II Twilight Derby on Friday. The 3-year-old put away the 1 1/8-mile turf race by a neck, making it his second stakes victory in a row. Bred by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, Long On Value closed out the Canterbury Park meet last month with a 1 3/4-length victory in the Mystic Lake Derby.

The son… Continue reading

Bartlett Milling Company Recalls Horse Feeds

Bartlett Milling Company has initiated a limited recall of certain horse feeds due to potential Rumensin contamination. The products were distributed to customers and retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Rumensin contamination can result in health problems, including mortality, in horses. The products and lot number involved in the recall are:

o    50 lb. bags of Bartlett Pasture Horse 10 Feed – Lot 288

o    50 lb. bags… Continue reading

Pride of the Fleet now two-for-two

For those concerned that the Thoroughbred breed isn’t as tough as it used to be, the VTA humbly submits Virginia-bred Pride of the Fleet. Winner of a 7-furlong allowance at the Virginia Gold Cup, Pride of the Fleet this weekend won the Montpelier Foundation Cup for Virginia-bred or sired horses, a training flat race going 1 mile on the dirt at Montpelier. The kicker? He won carrying 160 pounds, giving away 10 pounds to the second-placed horse, Honourable.