Monthly Archives: June 2015

July 1st Public Hearing & Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

On Wednesday, July 1, at 10:00 a.m. the Virginia Racing Commission will conduct a public hearing to recognize the majority horsemens’ groups and the non-profit industry stakeholder organization. The hearing will be held in the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia and will immediately be followed by a regular meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission.

Effective July 1, 2015,  Senate Bill 1097, clarifies that the Commission has the authority to recognize the majority horsemens’ groups and… Continue reading

June 9th Racing Commission Meeting Minutes

Virginia Racing Commission

MINUTES OF THE WORKING SESSION

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Virginia State Capitol House Room 1 1000 Bank Street Richmond, Virginia 23219

Commission Members In Attendance:

  • J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr.
  • Chairman D.G. Van Clief, Jr.
  • Vice Chairman Carol G. Dawson I.
  • Clinton Miller Charles Steger, PhD

Commission Staff:

  • Bernard J. Hettel, Executive Secretary
  • Rich Harden, Equine Medical Director
  • Courtney C. Reid, Program Support Technician Office of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Sam Towell, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry… Continue reading

May 28th Racing Commission Meeting Minutes

Virginia Racing Commission

MINUTES OF THE WORKING SESSION

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Patrick Henry Building East Reading Room 1111 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219

Commission Members In Attendance:

  • J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr., Chairman
  • D.G. Van Clief, Jr., Vice Chairman
  • Carol G. Dawson I. Clinton Miller Charles Steger, PhD

Commission Staff: Bernard J. Hettel, Executive Secretary Rich Harden, Equine Medical Director David S. Lermond, Deputy Executive Secretary/Fiscal Officer Kimberly C. Mackey, Office Administrator Courtney C. Reid, Program Support Technician Office… Continue reading

Stellar Wind Returns Victorious in Grade II Summertime Oaks

Grade I Santa Anita Oaks winner, the Virginia-bred Stellar Wind, returned victorious in the Grade II Summertime Oaks on Saturday. Kept three wide through the final turn, the daughter of Curlin edged out Tara’s Tango in the shadow of the wire in the 1 1/16-mile dirt test. The Keswick-bred miss is now three-for-three at Santa Anita.

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.

As for what’s next?… Continue reading

VA-bred Grade I Winner Stellar Wind Returns in Grade II Summertime Oaks Saturday

Stellar Wind won the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes February 28 at Santa Anita Park

Stellar Wind won the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes February 28 at Santa Anita Park

Grade I Santa Anita Oaks winner, the Virginia-bred Stellar Wind, returns to the site of her Grade I victory this weekend in the Grade II Summertime Oaks. Most recently fourth in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks, the daughter of Curlin has been at Santa Anita since mid-May, recording a bullet 4 furlongs in :46 1/5 on June 16 and 6 furlongs in 1:11… Continue reading

Equine land management symposium at MARE Center June 26-27

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Belmont Stakes Previews

Here is your convenient guide to all of the Virginia-connected runners this weekend at Belmont!

Friday

Enchanting Lady

Owned by Northern Virginia-based Kaleem Shaw, this 3-year-old Tale of the Cat filly runs in the Jersey Girl Stakes. Winner of the Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita this year and the Landaluce Stakes at that same venue last summer, she is making her second East Coast start after a ninth-placed finish in the Grade III Eight Belles at Churchill… Continue reading

SECOND RACING COMMISSION WORKING SESSION TO BE JUNE 9TH

The Virginia Racing Commission will hold a working session meeting on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. The meeting is the second in a series of meetings to be held prior to the July 1st  Commission meeting. The legislation that passed at this spring’s General Assembly has created many changes to the code and the Commission as well as the horsemen’s organizations are using the working sessions to make sure all organizations are compliant with the new code… Continue reading