Monthly Archives: March 2016

Virginia-bred Valid Tries to Become a Millionaire this Saturday, March 7th

Virginia-bred Valid will try to become a millionaire this Saturday when the 6 year old Medaglia d’Oro gelding squares off against six other foes in the Grade 2, $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Ned Evans-bred Valid (Medaglia d'Oro) winning the Grade III Fred Hooper Stakes on February 7. Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese.

Ned Evans-bred Valid (Medaglia d’Oro) winning the Grade III Fred Hooper Stakes on February 7, 2015 at Gulfstream. Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese.

Valid enters the big race with $960,577 in earnings and is fresh off a pair of 2016 runner up finishes in the Grade I Donn Handicap… Continue reading

Recap of Virginia Racing Commission Meeting of March 2

Members of the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) provided updates on current and future projects at Wednesday’s (March 2nd) meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission, which took place in the Patrick Henry Building in downtown Richmond.

In regards to live racing initiatives, VEA Executive Director Jeb Hannum informed commissioners that a lease to conduct thoroughbred racing beginning in 2017 has been signed with Morven Park (in Leesburg). Morven officials have submitted plans for a Horse Park, which now includes… Continue reading

Bernard Hettel Resigns as Executive Secretary of the Virginia Racing Commission

(March 2, 2016) —- The Virginia Racing Commission announced today that Bernie Hettel has advised he will be stepping down from his post as the Commission’s Executive Secretary. An effective resignation date has not yet been announced but is expected to occur before the end of March.

Mr. Hettel stated, “I have very much enjoyed being part of Virginia’s horse racing industry and working with the VRC these past 5 years, and I regret that the time has come to… Continue reading

Virginia Horse Tests Positive For Equine Herpesvirus-1 in Florida

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announcement:

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS, Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686,
For immediate release
March 1, 2016
On the evening of February 29, the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) was notified by the Florida State Veterinarian’s Office that a Virginia horse recently relocated to Martin County, Florida was confirmed… Continue reading