Monthly Archives: June 2016

A Quartet Of Virginia-Breds All Make Their 50th-Plus Career Start — And Win

A 4-pack of veteran Virginia-bred horses, each making their 50th-plus lifetime start this past week, all got to the winners circle over a four day period. Pauper’s Queen and What a Wildcat, both Gerald Brooks trainees, scored at Presque Isle Downs; Gator Gone Wild won at Penn National and Galitzianer connected at Manitoba’s Assiniboia Downs.

Although Pauper’s Queen finished second to Wisenbossy in a June 7th claiming race for fillies and mares, the 8 year… Continue reading

12 Virginia-Bred Horses Scored Wins Last Week

A total of twelve Virginia-bred horses reached the winner’s circle in a successful post Memorial Day week that began May 31 and continued through June 5th.

Cherokee Cousin got his first lifetime win May 31st in a maiden claimer at Presque Isle where he was sent off as the betting choice. Bred by the Cooney Racing Stables LLC, Millenium Farms & Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC, the 3 year old son of Zanjero rallied three wide in the turn, got to… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds Sweet Victory & Middleburg Score Big Stakes Wins This Weekend

Congratulations to Sweet Victory and Middleburg, a pair of Virginia-bred horses who earned big stakes triumphs over the recent weekend!

Sweet Victory (shown here courtesy of The Racing Biz) won the $200,000 Penn Oaks for 3 year old fillies Saturday at Penn National while Middleburg was victorious in the Grade 3, $100,000 Red Bank Stakes Sunday at Monmouth.

Sweet Victory scored a 1 1/2 length win Saturday in the $200,000 Penn Mile at Penn National. Photo by The Racing Biz.

Sweet Victory scored a 1 1/2 length win Saturday in the $200,000 Penn Mile at Penn National. Photo… Continue reading

Virginia On Line Betting Handle For May Is Up 9%

The three on line betting partners of the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) combined to handle over $10 million last month, a 9.6%  increase in total handle over the same time period a year prior. May generally is the best betting month since two of the Triple Crown events fall in that period — the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Twin Spires surged past TVG as top handle generator from Virginia residents, while… Continue reading

2015 Virginia-Bred Horse Of The Year Makes Her 2016 Debut Saturday

2015 Virginia-bred Horse of the Year Stellar Wind will make her 2016 debut tomorrow (Saturday) at Santa Anita and face 1-5 heavy favorite Beholder in the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Stakes which in its 75 running, will be contested at the one mile distance for the first time.  The Paulick Report used the headline “Clash of the Titans” to preview this matchup.

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… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds Have Busy Stakes Weekend June 4, 5

Racing fans waiting for next Saturday’s outstanding Belmont Stakes card may consider this a “bye” weekend of sorts, but Virginia-breds will have a busy weekend competing in stakes races around the country.

2015 Virginia-bred Horse of the Year Stellar Wind will face Beholder in the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita and that “Clash of the Titans” showdown has been well documented already.

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… Continue reading