Monthly Archives: April 2015

Weekend Preview: National Trainers Come to VA Flat Races, VA-breds go to Kentucky GIs

The $90,000 Virginia Gold Cup headlines a nine-race program with purses totaling over $430,000 on Saturday, May 2nd.  The Gold Cup is run at Great Meadow in Fauquier County and will host a mix of five steeplechase races and four flat races.

Virginia-trained Hot Rize wins the 2014 Virginia Gold Cup. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Virginia-trained Hot Rize wins the 2014 Virginia Gold Cup. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

In response to the success of the flat races held at the Gold Cup course in the fall of 2014, the Race Committee expanded… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Oaks Favorite Stellar Wind as a Yearling

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind, bred by Keswick Stables and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, is the likely favorite for Friday’s Grade I Kentucky Oaks. The daughter of Curlin recorded her final breeze on Friday, working six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 for trainer John Sadler.

You can see how beautiful she was as a yearling on Keswick Farm!

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind as a yearling at Keswick Farm.

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind as a yearling at Keswick Farm.

$5,000 Virginia Breeder’s Fund Yearling Futurity Bonus Awarded

The VTA and the Virginia Breeder’s Fund would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners of the $5,000 Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity Bonus for 2014.

Any Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired yearling that shows in the colt or filly yearling futurity class is eligible to compete for a percentage of a $5,000 Bonus. Bonuses are awarded to the top four money-earners at the racetrack at the completion of the horses’ three-year-old year. The $5,000 bonus is divided with 60%… Continue reading

VA-Bred Kentucky Oaks Favorite Records Final Breeze

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind, the likely favorite for Friday’s Grade I Kentucky Oaks, recorded her final breeze on Friday. The winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 for trainer John Sadler.

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind wins the Grade I $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks April 4, 2015 at Santa Anita.

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind wins the Grade I $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks April 4, 2015 at Santa Anita.

“Awesome,” regular rider Victor Espinoza told The Bloodhorse. “She went really good today. Last time she worked good, but this time she was amazing,… Continue reading

April 26th Open Barn Event at TRF James River Correctional Facility

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to Hold Open Barn at Correctional Facility

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10-2

“Adopt a Thoroughbred Day”

Del. Peter Farrell to Make Presentation

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River will be holding an Open Barn at the James River Work Center on Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be a program recognizing the participants at noon. The event is open to the public.

Among the honored guests will be Del. Peter… Continue reading

VA-bred now likely favorite for Grade I Kentucky Oaks

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind is now likely to be the favorite for the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 1 after a dominant win in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on Saturday.

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind wins the Grade I $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks April 4, 2015 at Santa Anita.

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind wins the Grade I $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks April 4, 2015 at Santa Anita.

Bred by Keswick Stables and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the daughter of Curlin romped by 5 1/4-lengths in the 1 1/16-mile race. It was her second start for current connections… Continue reading

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Don’t stress over organizing a Gold Cup tailgate, join us for fun and wagering in the Turf Club on Derby day. We are near the paddock and the race viewing is superb. It’s a great way to entertain your clients but don’t wait until the last minute to get tickets.

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