Yearly Archives: 2015

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

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

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