Monthly Archives: February 2015

Secretariat’s Jockey Ron Turcotte Headlines Birthday Celebration March 27-29

DOSWELL, VA—Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who piloted Secretariat to his historic Triple Crown victory in 1973, will headline the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow March 27-29. Joining Turcotte at Secretariat’s birthplace will be Charlie Davis, who galloped “Big Red” as his exercise rider; acclaimed author Bill Nack, whose book Secretariat – The Making of a Champion served as inspiration for Disney’s major motion film Secretariat; and Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny… Continue reading

VA-bred Nabs Second Graded Stakes Score

Long On Value, bred by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, continues to hit the winner’s circle for current connections Bill Mott, Wachtel Stable and George Kerr. The 4-year-old son of Value Plus won the Grade III Canadian Turf Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream by the better part of 2 lengths–despite being bumped at the 3/8ths pole. Long On Value was following up on his October victory in the Grade II Twilight Derby at Santa Anita.

Long On Value winning the Canadian Turf at Gulfstream. Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese.

Long On Value winning the Canadian… Continue reading

EHM Confirmed in an Additional Virginia Horse

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) was notified of a horse in Loudoun County that tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a neurological disease of horses caused by Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

On February 5 that horse exhibited a fever and was not eating or drinking. Even though it never showed neurological signs, the owner took the horse to the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg. There they tested… Continue reading

Huge Day at Gulfstream for Virginia-breds

Virginia-breds had a huge day at Gulfstream on Saturday, headlined by the 5-year-old Valid, who added his second graded stakes score in the Grade III Fred Hooper. A $500,000 Keeneland yearling from the next to last crop of Ned Evan’s homebreds, Valid was purchased by Carolyn Vogel’s Crossed Sabres Farm for $115,000 at the October Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall sale. Valid continues to pay dividends for Vogel with his win Saturday. Since his purchase Valid has won the Grade II Monmouth… Continue reading

Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is presenting a “Tuesday Talk”

On February 10, 2015, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is presenting a Tuesday Talk” entitled “Perinatal Foal Care”.  The presentation will be held in the library at the Equine Medical Center and is open to the general public.  Please register to attend.


February 10th 2015            “Perinatal Foal Care”   

Presented by:                     Dr. Martin… Continue reading


On Thursday, February 5, 2015, VDACS was notified of a positive result for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) on a horse displaying neurologic signs in western Albemarle County, Northwest of Charlottesville. The affected horse is located at a boarding stable with 14 other horses at the facility. VDACS contacted the stable manager and placed the facility under quarantine – no horses are allowed to exit or enter the premises until the quarantine is released.

The affected horse is a 14-year-old gelding… Continue reading