Monthly Archives: January 2016

KESWICK STABLE BRED, STELLAR WIND NAMED CHAMPION 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY

 

   Dominating the division in Southern California and a tough-as-nails defeat against the older Stopchargingmaria in the Breeders’ Cup was enough for Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind to be named the Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly of 2015.

The daughter of Curlin   earned the title over I’m a Chatterbox and Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Found.

The champion was bred in Virginia by Peggy Augustus’ Keswick Stables and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. She is out of… Continue reading

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind Nominated For Eclipse Award Tonite

Virginia-bred Stellar Wind is up for an Eclipse Award tonite (Saturday Jan. 16) and you can view the ceremonies live via video streaming at www.xpressbet.com starting at 6:30 PM.

Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade I $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.   ©Benoit Photo

Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade I $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.
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Bred by Peggy Augustus’ Keswick Stables & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC, the daughter of Curlin is a finalist in the 3 Year Old… Continue reading

LONGTIME VTA MEMBER TONY SMITH PASSES AWAY

Our thoughts go out to the family of longtime VTA member Tony Smith who sadly passed away last Sunday. Over the years, Smith who raced under the name of Concepts Unlimited, was a familiar face at Colonial Downs. He could be found in Nellie Mae Cox’s box enjoying the races and cheering on  his horses along with partners and friends Nellie Mae Cox, Anne and John Tucker, and Bob and Beverly Bouse.  All Giving was the most accomplished… Continue reading

2016 VTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) 19-person Board of Directors is now set for 2016 after elections late last year and based on the ballot results, ten winning candidates will begin serving a two year term from January 1, 2016 thru December 31, 2017. That group will join nine other board members who are midway through their current term — Dr. Maurice “Tim” Casey III, Wayne Chatfield-Taylor, Donna Dennehy, Gillian Gordon-Moore, Susan Hart,… Continue reading

January Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Recap – Twin Spires, VEA Plans for Future Live Racing

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A “give and take” session between a representative from Twin Spires and the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) took place at Wednesday’s (January 6) meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission, which was held in the Patrick Henry Building in downtown Richmond. Controversial topics included a perceived improper hearing notice, the termination date of Twin Spires’ most recent license to accept wagers in Virginia, and their status of being non-compliant in regards… Continue reading

Hugh Motley

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former VTA member Hugh Motley. Motley a highly-regarded horseman from Keswick, Va., who started his own bloodstock agency and sold Thoroughbreds at many of America’s top sales, died in Wellington, Fla., on Jan. 9 of complications from pneumonia. He was 60.

Motley began riding as a child when his family moved from Virginia Beach to Keswick when he was 10. For more than 25 years he also had his own… Continue reading

Stellar Wind Named Eclipse Award Finalist

Congratulations to Virginia-bred Stellar Wind, who was named one of three Eclipse Award finalists in the 3 Year Old Filly division along with Found and I’m A Chatterbox!
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.

Bred by the Keswick Stables & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC, the daughter of Curlin won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade II Summertime Oaks and a pair of Grade III’s this year. Her… Continue reading