Monthly Archives: October 2015

Recap of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Races With Virginia Ties

The 2015 Breeders' Cup is at Keeneland on Oct. 30 & 31

The 2015 Breeders’ Cup is at Keeneland on Oct. 30 & 31

Here’s a Breeders’ Cup update from Friday’s trio of races that featured horses with Virginia ties!

After a thrilling two horse stretch duel and a five minute steward’s review, Stopchargingmaria’s half length win over Virginia-bred Stellar Wind in the $2 million Longines Distaff held up. Both horses went off at 7-1 and shook free from a crowded 14 horse field in the stretch. The eventual winner, who was… Continue reading

Diplomat Wins Last Saturday’s Grade 3 “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase Stakes

It doesn’t qualify as an “American Trilogy”, but Diplomat got to the winners circle for the third time in the U.S. this year and second since being claimed by the Flying Elvis Stable, in last Saturday’s $50,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase Stakes (Gr. III) at Great Meadow. The 2 1/8 miles stakes highlighted the under card of the annual fall International Gold Cup Day of five steeplechase and four flat events.

Diplomat, sent… Continue reading

Grinding Speed Wins 3rd International Gold Cup Oct. 24 at Great Meadow

Grinding Speed wrote another chapter in his storied career at Great Meadow when he captured his third International Gold Cup victory this past Saturday to complement a pair of spring Gold Cup triumphs.


The 9 year old Grindstone gelding charged to the top spot in the 3 1/2 mile marathon contested over timber fences with only four jumps to go. Personal Brew set the pace early, mid and in the near late going… Continue reading

Breeders’ Cup Horses With Virginia Ties – 2 Day Championship Weekend is Fri/Sat, Oct. 30/31

The annual Breeders’ Cup Championships will be held this Friday & Saturday, October 30 & 31 at Keeneland and there are 7 horses entered that have ties to Virginia! If you haven’t yet done so, open an on line betting account and wager all the action with any of our partners — TVG, XpressBet and Twin Spires. A piece of every dollar bet goes toward the purses Virginia horses compete for throughout the year.

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Recap of Saturday’s International Gold Cup Flat Races

Complete St. and Renown, two horses that captured Virginia Equine Association (VEA) events in September, rolled to victories on the flat at Great Meadow Saturday afternoon during the 78th running of the International Gold Cup program.

The annual fall renewal featured five steeplechase events, four flat races that all attracted full fields, a crowd of 30,000, actress Meg Ryan, and two Keeneland- bound Virginia breeders whose respective horses, Tonalist and… Continue reading

International Gold Cup Races Are This Saturday (Oct. 24) at Great Meadow

The $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship has drawn a full field of 12 Virginia-breds, and will close out the International Gold Cup card at Great Meadow this Saturday. The 9 race program features pari-mutuel wagering and tailgating with 35,000 of your closest friends!

Horses race for the finish at the Virginia Downs event at Great Meadow September 20th

Horses race for the finish at the Virginia Downs event at Great Meadow September 20th

Lilith Boucher’s Complete St. (shown below) is early “Turf” favorite at 3-1. Fresh off a victory in the $60,000 Brookmeade Stakes September… Continue reading

Entries Drawn for Saturday’s International Gold Cup Card at Great Meadow

Entries have been drawn for Saturday’s (October 24) International Gold Cup Races at Great Meadow. A link to the overnite sheet is posted below. Scratch time as a FYI is Wednesday at 10 AM. There are a total of 9 races — 1 thru 5 are steeplechase events; 6 thru 9 are flat events and have each drawn full fields of 12.  There is pari-mutuel wagering on all 9 races and post time is 12 Noon.


Tonalist, Volponi Share Common Thread

Enjoy reading Steve Haskin’s article about Tonalist who foaled in Kentucky but was raised in Virginia by his breeders Rene and Lauren Woolcott.

October 18, courtesy of

He’s reliable, he’s honest, he loves a mile and a quarter, and he consistently runs fast speed figures. But is Tonalist good enough to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic…away from Belmont Park?

The main reason for asking that question is, prior to his victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, run at… Continue reading

Virginia Bred Valid Headed to Breeders Cup Mile

Article courtesy of

After turning in a swift breeze Oct. 12 at Palm Meadows Training Center, multiple graded stakes winner Valid convinced trainer Marcus Vitali he is deserving of a place in the starting gate for a run in the Oct. 30 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).

Vitali confirmed that he will indeed enter Valid, who most recently capturedGulfstream Park‘s seven-furlong Groomstick Stakes Sept. 26 and the Philip Iselin Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug.… Continue reading

Recap of October 14th Virginia Racing Commission Meeting – 2 Hearings Scheduled for November

The Virginia Racing Commission scheduled future hearings on two key subject matters this morning at the regulatory body’s monthly meeting at the Patrick Henry Building in downtown Richmond.

The first issue centers on Twin Spires, one of three ADW (Advance Deposit Wagering) companies permitted to take wagers in Virginia (along with TVG and XPressBet). Twin Spires has not paid the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) commissions due for the past three months. According to VRC Executive Secretary… Continue reading