Yearly Archives: 2016

Trio Of Virginia-Breds Collect Their First Lifetime Win In The Past Week

As 2016 winds down, a trio of Virginia-bred horses earned their maiden victories in the past week from different tracks around the country. Jazz Pizzaz, Bourbon and Beer, and Yes I Win all collected their first career wins at Tampa Bay Downs, Laurel and Hawthorne respectively.

Jazz Pizzaz was dominant in her sixth career start, winning a $13,700 maiden claimer at the seven furlong distance. Bred by Lady Olivia at North Cliff LLC and trained by Keith… Continue reading

Virginia Owner David Ross Has 2 Stakes Wins Saturday At Fair Grounds

Virginia thoroughbred horse owner David Ross won two stakes races Saturday at Fair Grounds. Proforma, a 2 year old son of Munnings, captured the $50,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes and Honorable Duty, his 4 year old Distorted Humor gelding, was victorious in the $75,000 Tenacious Stakes. The wins were Ross’s 29th and 30th this year, and his horses have bankrolled $1,213,382. Here is a piece from Daily Racing Form about Honorable Duty.

It was a strange but… Continue reading

Could Virginia-Bred Sticksstatelydude Compete In $12 Million Pegasus World Cup On January 28th?

Sticksstatelydude Works Towards $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Dec 16, 2016

Mr. Jordan a Horse of Interest in Pegasus World Cup Search

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – On a sun-splashed Friday morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, graded stakes winner Sticksstatelydude turned in a four-furlong work that his connections hope is a step toward a spot in the gate for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.

The 3-year-old son… Continue reading

Weekend Stakes Preview For December 17th; California Chrome To Compete On West Coast For Final Time

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and all through the country, stakes races aplenty are available to watch and wager including a headlining bonus race that just recently materialized.

On Saturday December 17th, California Chrome, the world’s richest active thoroughbred with $14 will be competing in the $180,000 Winter Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos. The superstar horse most recently appeared in the Breeders’ Cup Classic — the runner-up position — and will next appear in the $12… Continue reading

Two Year Old Stakes Galore To Wager This Weekend; Virginia-Bred Hatteras Bound In Maryland Juvenile Futurity

Two year olds take center stage this weekend in stakes race action from tracks around the country, and Virginia residents have two new options on how and where to wager the action.

The Virginia Equine Alliance’s (VEA) first Off Track Betting (OTB) Center opened just over a month ago at Breakers Sports Grille in Richmond. It is conveniently located in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center at 9127 West Broad Street. It is open seven days… Continue reading

Past VTA President, Dr. R. Reynolds Cowles, Jr., DVM Named President of AAEP

Courtesy of AAEP website, 12/6/2016

R. Reynolds Cowles, Jr., DVM, founder and past president of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Earlysville, Va., was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) during the Dec. 6 President’s Luncheon at the 62nd Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.


Raised on a dairy farm in Statesville, N.C., Dr. Cowles received his veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University in 1967. Following graduation, he accepted a position at Georgetown Veterinary Hospital… Continue reading

Off Track Betting Center In Richmond Handles Over $1 Million In First Month

The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) took a big step toward rebuilding the Commonwealth’s racing industry when it opened its first Off Track Betting (OTB) Center November 2nd in Richmond’s west end, inside Breakers Sports Grille at 9127 West Broad Street. The site is conveniently located in a heavily traveled retail corridor at the TJ Maxx Shopping Center between Parham and Gaskins Road.

After one month of operation, betting handle is coming in well above projections. … Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Homespun Hero To Compete in $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes December 3rd

It may be the first weekend in December but there’s plenty of stakes race action to watch and wager this coming weekend, either at the new Off Track Betting Center in Richmond at Breakers Sports Grille or via any of the VEA’s three on line betting partners —, or

The Claiming Crown series traditionally is known for its big fields, which makes is very attractive to bettors. Gulfstream Park hosts nine Crown events this… Continue reading

Trio Of Virginia-Bred 2 Year Olds Collect Big Wins Over Holiday Weekend

Virginia-bred horses fared well on Thanksgiving weekend stakes races, highlighted by Code West’s victory in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship Stakes on Wednesday. Rose Brier actually finished first in the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap Saturday at Gulfstream Park but was disqualified and placed second. And Realm finished a respectable third in the Grade I Cigar Mile Saturday at Aqueduct — his first stakes action ever. In non-stakes action, Made Bail lost by just three-quarters of… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Rose Brier Wins Grade 3 Stakes At Gulfstream, But Was DQ’d And Placed Second

Having amassed 17 victories and $1.4 million in earnings during a 50-race career, Lubash was the most experienced and accomplished horse that went to post Nov. 26 for the 100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park WestWatch Video

A veteran of seven racing seasons, winning races has become old hat for Aliyu Ben J Stables’ 9-year-old turf star, but the son of Freud   actually experienced something new in Saturday’s 1 1/16 turf event.… Continue reading