Monthly Archives: January 2015


January 16, 2015

Dear Virginia Horsemen and Horsewomen:

As you probably know, last Fall Colonial Downs voluntarily surrendered its license to operate its New Kent race track and its nine off track betting parlors. That was a significant blow to our horse industry. In response, our horsemen (VHBPA and VHHA), our breeders (VTA), and the Virginia Gold Cup formed a new non-profit organization-the Virginia Equine Alliance-to maintain and expand racing and breeding in the state. The Alliance is exploring the… Continue reading

UPDATED: Centrique Scores a Double, VA-bred Wins by Daylight

UPDATE: Virginia-bred Dream Voyage wins over a mile at Penn

The Firestone-bred Dream Voyage, a 4-year-old filly by Mizzen Mast out of the Theatrical mare Stage Dream, took connections Pamela Arnola and Janice Stuck into the winner’s circle on January 8 at Penn National. Trained by Arnold, Dream Voyage won the mile claimer by 1 1/2 lengths for her second career win.

Firestone-bred Dream Voyage won by a 1/2 lengths at Penn National on Jan. 8. Photo courtesy of BND Photography.

Firestone-bred Dream Voyage won by a 1/2 lengths at Penn National on Jan. 8. Photo courtesy of BND… Continue reading

Winners of the 2014 Virginia Breeders Awards


Did you know? Although there is no live racing at Colonial Downs this year, the Virginia Breeders Fund continues to operate year-round and pay out for winners anywhere in the US!

The Fund is a financial incentive program to encourage Thoroughbred breeding in Virginia, funded by a 1 percent take-out of all live and simulcast pari-mutuel wagering conducted in the… Continue reading

It’s Almost Time for the 2015 Stallion Auction!

Don’t forget: The 2015 Stallion Auction on February 10-11 is right around the corner. We have traditionally attracted a really top-notch group of stallions. Last year’s list of no-guarantee seasons to quality stallions had an option to suit every mare and every budget from states including Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and more! 

We have started collecting seasons for our February 10th auction and will be posting available stallion seasons this week,… Continue reading

Congress Passes 2014 Tax Extender

Congress in December passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771) which extends for 2014 tax provisions that benefit the horse industry. Many of the impacted provisions originally expired or were reduced at the close of 2013 (such as three-year depreciation for racehorses purchased or started in 2014). Under the new bill, these provisions are live until December 31, 2014 and expired on January 1.

The following provisions were extended:

179 Expense Deduction, which under the new legislation… Continue reading


Make plans to join us for an evening of discussion, food and drinks at a location near you!
All Virginia Horsemen and industry enthusiasts are welcome.
The VEA will present the industry’s 2015 Legislative agenda along with an update on 2015 racing plans.
Sunday, January 4th at 6:00PM
Buchanan Hall
8549 John Mosby Highway
Upperville, Virginia 20184
Sunday, January 18 at 6:00PM
The Meadow Event Park
1311 Dawn Blvd. (Route 30)
Doswell, Virginia 23047
Come early for a… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Holiday Winners

The Ned Evans-bred Union Prayer won a mile and 1/16 allowance at Gulfstream on December 23, finishing strong to win by a clear length. The 3-year-old daughter of Dixie Union out of the Pleasant Tap mare Pleasant Lyrics is owned by Los Samanes LLC and trained by Gustavo Delgado. This was her second lifetime win out of six starts.

Union Prayer won an allowance at Gulfstream on December 23. Photo courtesy Leslie Martin

Union Prayer won an allowance at Gulfstream on December 23. Photo courtesy Leslie Martin

Then, two days later, the Lazy Lane-bred… Continue reading

Part of Evans Estate Sells for $2.2 Million

John D. Nissley and family of Catlett have purchased 405 acres of Ned Evan’s Spring Hill Farm estate for $2.2 million. The land, known as the Melrose tract, runs between Routes 602 and 747 and made up about one-sixth of the farm.

The Nissley family run large dairy and crop operations in southern Fauquier.

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