Monthly Archives: November 2015

Virginia-Breds Score a Hat Trick of Wins at Penn National Over 2-Day Period Last Week

A trio of Virginia-bred horses scored victories at Penn National this past week including a pair of five year olds — Anybodyreallyknow and Maid To Run —and a three year old — Turks and Chaos.

Anybodyreallyknow connected in a $21,900 six furlong claiming sprint on Saturday over seven other foes. The Holy Bull gelding sat off the pace for most of the way, stayed close to the rail on the turn and took control in the stretch.… Continue reading

Letter to Virginia Horsemen – Update from Equine Alliance Moving Forward

Dear Virginia Horsemen:

As most of you may know, the Virginia Racing Commission unanimously denied Colonial Downs’ request of 2016 race dates at their monthly meeting this past Tuesday. I’d like to address a question that’s been asked many times since the decision was rendered —  What does this mean for the both the immediate and long term future of racing in the Commonwealth?

First, a brief history. At the 2014… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Horses Win at 5 Different Tracks from November 11-15

The Lael Stables’ Exaggerated got back on the winning track, and Virginia-bred horses scored wins at 5 different venues from November 11 – 17. Here’s the latest recap.

Exaggerated, who won the $60,000 Oakley Stakes at Laurel Park September 26 on Virginia-bred Stakes Day, made it three wins in four career starts by winning a 5 1/2 furlong, $42,000 allowance sprint race November 11 at Laurel. A 3 year old daughter of Blame who… Continue reading

Colonial Downs’ Request for 2016 Race Dates Turned Down at Tuesday’s VRC Meeting

The Virginia Racing Commission voted this morning to unanimously turn down Colonial Downs’ application request to run thoroughbred races next year at its monthly meeting at the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond.

Representatives from the New Kent track requested approval of a plan to conduct four days of thoroughbred racing next September, two of which would have been “high end” stakes days with purses of $500,000 each, and another two “bread and butter” type… Continue reading

Account Betting Figures in Virginia Show Nice Increase in October

Thanks in part to the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championships, account wagering handle in Virginia for October was solid, and turned out to be the fourth best month of 2015. All three partner providers — TVG, Twin Spires and XPressBet — saw handle improve dramatically from September, which traditionally is one of the slowest months of the year.

TVG, which has been the biggest handle generator in the state since EZ Horseplay went out of business in early April, … Continue reading

7 Virginia-Breds Score Wins from November 4-9

Seven Virginia-breds got to the winners circle last week including three steeplechase horses, a 34-1 upset bomb, and an eight length winner at Churchill Downs that got claimed out of the race.

Dream Voyage, Monstaleur and Class Cherokee all won jump events in varying fashion. The first pair scored impressive romps at Charleston and the Pine Mountain Callaway Garden respectively while the latter connected in a stalking come from behind trip at Montpelier to win by a… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled for Tues. Nov. 17

The next meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission is scheduled for Tuesday November 17th at 10 AM in the West Reading Room of the Patrick Henry Building. That building is located at 1111 East Broad Street – Richmond, VA 23219.

During the meeting, the Commission will hold hearings concerning Twin Spires Advance Deposit Account Wagering license and Colonial Downs, L.P.’s applications for a limited license as a significant infrastructure licensee for 2015 and 2016 in addition to licenses to own… Continue reading

Racing Commission Hearings set for November 17th

Below is the Virginia Racing Commission’s notice of hearings scheduled for November 17, 2015. Also included are the hearing notices sent to both Twin Spires and Colonial Downs.

 

VRC NOTICE  11-17-15 (8)

10-15-15 CLN

 

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10 Virginia-breds To Compete in Montpelier Hunt races This Saturday

The Montpelier Hunt Races are this Saturday November 7th in Orange, Virginia and two of the races are training flat events while the other five are steeplechase races.

The kickoff race, at 12:30 PM, features a field of five Virginia-breds including Pride of the Fleet, a 9 year old son of Parker’s Storm Cat that was bred by the Run Aweigh Stable. He has career earnings of $140,581 and despite 8th and 9th place finishes at Great… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Wins for the Week of October 28-November 3

Not to be overshadowed by the Breeders’ Cup Championships last weekend, a pair of Virginia-breds scored impressive wins at Belmont — Just Call Kenny on Halloween Day in an $85,000 allowance race, and Invite in a $75,000 maiden special weight score on October 29th.

The former was bred by Althea Richards and is a 4 year old Jump Start colt out of the Green Dancer mare, Green Jeans. Just Call Kenny rallied from fifth at the half to… Continue reading