Monthly Archives: February 2016

Breeder Nellie Mae Cox Passed Away Wednesday

COX, Nellie Mae (Stonnell), 75, of Goochland, Virginia, died peacefully on February 24, 2015, surrounded by loved ones. Born January 2, 1941, in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Clayton Anderson and Nellie Sheldon Stonnell. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Wray Cox; and sister, Carolyn Stonnell Baber. She is survived by her husband, Sidney B. Cox Jr.; children, Sidney Barbee Cox III, Robin Cox Petrine; and son-in-law, Dave Petrine and Lisa Cary Cox; sister,… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds Score Hat Trick on a Mild Winter Saturday

A trio of Virginia-bred horses — Simmstown, Star of Magic and Callipella — reached the winners circle on a mild Saturday (February 20) in the Mid-Atlantic region. Star of Magic and Simmstown, respective 7 and 8 year old geldings with a combined 75 starts between them, both captured six furlong sprint races in very different fashion.

7-year-old Star of Magic scores a gate to wire victory February 20th at Penn National in his 48th lifetime start

7-year-old Star of Magic scores a gate to wire victory February 20th at Penn National in his 48th lifetime start. Photo courtesy of B… Continue reading

Longtime VTA Patron, Carolyn Rogers Passes

Carolyn Rogers, a longtime owner, breeder, buyer, seller, and patron of the Thoroughbred industry, died Feb. 14 in Leesburg, Va., at the age of 88.   Just a day before, Rogers had cheered on her homebred Lovable Lady to a commanding four-length victory at Laurel Park in the fourth race.

Carolyn Rogers, shown here courtesy of LoudounNow, passed away February 14, 2016.

Carolyn Rogers, shown here courtesy of LoudounNow, passed away February 14, 2016.

Rogers and her late husband, Sam Rogers Jr., owned White Oaks Farm in Virginia and had been… Continue reading

VEA Track Superintendent Gives an Assist to Middleburg Training Cener

John Dale Thomas, Track Superintendent of the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA), spent two weeks at the Middleburg Training Center in December and directed a much needed track improvement project to the facility’s racing surface. The VEA donated his time, which enabled Thomas to conduct the effort. “Several of the trainers based at Middleburg asked if I could do something about it and the VEA gave me their blessing and encouraged me to… Continue reading

Samuel Charles Deane

1931 – 2016

Samuel Charles Deane passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 15th, surrounded by his loving family.  Born June 15, 1931 to Floyd Deane and Cornelia Dickerson, Sam was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia by his sister, Florence Burnett.  He was a Korean War veteran, serving two years as an airplane and helicopter mechanic while stationed in Germany.  Upon returning stateside in 1955, he married his sweetheart, Barbara Jane Rose of Fairfax, Virginia, and they… Continue reading

4 Virginia-Breds Compete in Stakes Races on Presidents Day

Four Virginia-bred horses celebrated Presidents Day this past Monday by competing in different stake races around the country, and one of the quartet got to the winners circle down south.

All Call, a 5 year old Cowboy Cal gelding, got the better of 11 other foes in the $50,000 Little Michigan Stakes at Florida’s Gulfstream Park. Bred by the Morgan’s Ford Farm, the winner left the gate unhurried and saved ground throughout the… Continue reading

Valid Scores Runner-Up Finish in Grade I Donn, & Other Virginia-Bred Triumphs

Virginia-bred Valid took a respectable second a week ago in the $500,000, Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.The 6 year old Medaglia d’Oro gelding finished two lengths behind Todd Pletcher’s Mshawish, who could appear next in the Dubai World Cup in March. Bred by Edward Evans, Valid was bumped several times by Financial Responsibility early in the stake but still maintained second throughout. The winner, another a son of Medaglia d’Oro, came on in the stretch to… Continue reading

2015 ADW Handle Figures Show Optimism

Virginia betting handle figures from Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) are in for calendar year 2015 and despite a drop of 15% from 2014, there are  reasons for optimism. A total of $79,478,622 was handled in 2015 versus $93,858,388 in 2014.

EZ Horseplay, the Colonial Downs owned ADW that was top handle generator in 2014 with $34,992,284, went out of business in early April this past year and left Virginia bettors with only three… Continue reading