Yearly Archives: 2015

Pair of Virginia-Breds Score Mild Upset Wins On Same Day at Laurel

Virginia-bred horses Joe Tess and Tough Weather scored their respective seventh and third lifetime wins last Friday (December 18) at Laurel, both at the six furlong distance and both as mild surprise upset victors.

Joe Tess collects his 7th career win and 3rd of 2015 in a sprint race at Laurel December 18th. Photo courtesy of Jim McCue.

Joe Tess collects his 7th career win and 3rd of 2015 in a sprint race at Laurel December 18th. Photo courtesy of Jim McCue.

Joe Tess, a 5 year old Macho Uno gelding bred by Edward Evans, competed against eight others in… Continue reading

Twin Spires Can No Longer Accept On Line Wagers From Virginians

Twin Spires, one of three Advance Deposit Wagering companies licensed to accept on line horse racing wagers in Virginia,  is no longer able to do so.

gavel pictureAt its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 16th, the Virginia Racing Commission set a deadline of 5 PM Friday, December 18th, for Twin Spires to pay an outstanding total of $688,000 owed under state law to various groups,  including the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA), the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds Score 3-Pack of Wins at Laurel Dec. 11

Virginia-bred horses collected a three-pack of wins at Laurel Park on December 11, two via big come from behind efforts while the other came in coast-to-coast fashion.

Celtic Lord and Minor Crisis both made things interesting and challenging, trailing at the halfway point of their races by 14 1/2 and 11 1/2 lengths respectively. Both were sent off as the betting choice, both circled five wide in the final turn to… Continue reading

Pair of Virginia-Breds Score Mild Upset Wins at Penn National Last Week

True Cost and Simmstown, a pair of Virginia-breds, won sprint races at Penn National last week on back-to-back nights.

 

True Cost, bred by Anne Tucker, wins her third straight race December 3rd at Penn National.

True Cost, bred by Anne Tucker, wins her third straight race December 3rd at Penn National.

True Cost, a 5 year old Aisle mare bred by Anne Tucker, scored a 4 1/2 length gate to wire victory over six others in a 5 1/2 furlong, $29,000 allowance on December 2nd. Trained by Flint Stites for owner John Tucker, the winner… Continue reading

A Trio of Virginia-Breds Collect Their First Life Victories Last Weekend

A trio of Virginia-bred horses pocketed their first lifetime victories on back-to-back-to-back days this past weekend at different tracks on both coasts. Louise’s Legacy, Power Generation and Popsracer all prevailed in maiden company respectively at Laurel, Parx and Los Alamitos.

Louis’s Legacy scored a dominant 4 1/2 length win over Rose Essence in a $40,000 maiden special weight clash Sunday at Laurel Park. The 4 year old daughter of Medalist took control at the quarter mark and… Continue reading

Chas’s Legacy – A Horse For The Month, And Track

Handicappers have been known to lay a few dollars on a “horse for the course” but last weekend, Virginia-bred Chas’s Legacy solidified his position as not just a “horse for the course”, but a “horse for the month”. The 4 year old Bernardini gelding scored a big upset win in a $40,000 claiming race Sunday afternoon during his favorite month — November — and at his favorite track — … Continue reading

Virginia-Raised Tonalist Earns 4th Grade I Triumph in Saturday’s Cigar Mile

2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, bred by Lauren & Rene Woolcott and raised at their Woodslane Farm in The Plains, collected his 4th Grade I stakes victory this past Saturday in the $670,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.

Tonalist holds off fast closing Red Vine in the 2015 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. Photo by Joe Labozzetta.

Tonalist holds off fast closing Red Vine in the 2015 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. Photo by Joe Labozzetta.

 

The 4 year old son of Tapit, sent off as the second choice in a six horse field, beat stable mate Red Vine… Continue reading

Pair of Virginia-Breds Complete Long Holiday Weekend With Wins at Laurel On Sunday

A pair of Virginia-breds competed at Laurel on Sunday (Nov. 29), went off as respective betting favorites in their 8 and 11 horse fields, raced for identical $22,000 purses, and both won handily to cap off a long holiday weekend.
Nancy's Gone Wild, bred by Quest Realty & trained by Susan Cooney, wins a starter optional claiming race at Laurel November 29th by 2 3/4 lengths.

Nancy’s Gone Wild, bred by Quest Realty & trained by Susan Cooney, wins a starter optional claiming race at Laurel November 29th by 2 3/4 lengths.

Nancy’s Gone Wild, bred by Quest Realty and trained by Susan Cooney, won a… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds Score a Hat Trick of Wins at Penn National Over 2-Day Period Last Week

A trio of Virginia-bred horses scored victories at Penn National this past week including a pair of five year olds — Anybodyreallyknow and Maid To Run —and a three year old — Turks and Chaos.

Anybodyreallyknow connected in a $21,900 six furlong claiming sprint on Saturday over seven other foes. The Holy Bull gelding sat off the pace for most of the way, stayed close to the rail on the turn and took control in the stretch.… Continue reading

Letter to Virginia Horsemen – Update from Equine Alliance Moving Forward

Dear Virginia Horsemen:

As most of you may know, the Virginia Racing Commission unanimously denied Colonial Downs’ request of 2016 race dates at their monthly meeting this past Tuesday. I’d like to address a question that’s been asked many times since the decision was rendered —  What does this mean for the both the immediate and long term future of racing in the Commonwealth?

First, a brief history. At the 2014… Continue reading