Monthly Archives: September 2016

Stellar Wind & Dortmund Both Set To Compete In Santa Anita’s Monster Saturday Card

We’re now within a month of thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup championships and that means early October is “Cup” preview time of year. This weekend, a total of eight Grade I stakes are available to watch and wager between Belmont and Santa Anita!

Santa Anita will play host to five Grade I stakes, each with a purse of $300,000. Featured event is the Awesome Again Stakes, whose field includes the leading active money earning… Continue reading

Second Off Track Betting Location In Richmond Is Approved By Virginia Racing Commission

This morning (Tuesday Sept. 27), the Virginia Racing Commission approved the Virginia Equine Alliance’s request to open a second Off Track Betting Center in Richmond.

The OTB will be in a restaurant called “Ponies & Pints”, and is located downtown in Shockoe Bottom at 110 North 18th Street, near the Farmer’s market area, train station, many restaurants and bars, and lots of people. This was the former site of Tiki Bob’s Cantina.

Ponies & Pints has its own 26 car… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Stakes Recap From Commonwealth Day At Laurel On Saturday

Reprinted from

Panic Stable’s Rose Brier kept his record perfect in Maryland Saturday when he pulled away from eight others to win the $60,000 Bert Allen for the third consecutive year.

The Bert Allen was one of five restricted races for Virginia bred/sired horses contested Saturday at Laurel Park as part of Commonwealth Day.

Rose Brier completed a "three-peat" in Saturday's Bert Allen Stakes at Laurel. The 7 year old Mizzen Mast gelding won the stakes in '14 and '15. Photo by Jim McCue.

Rose Brier completed a “three-peat” in Saturday’s Bert Allen Stakes at Laurel. The 7 year old Mizzen Mast gelding won the stakes in ’14 and… Continue reading

Deeply Undervalued Captures Grade 2 Commonwealth Derby Saturday At Laurel

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

Deeply Undervalued boosted his stock in the 3-year-old turf division Saturday at Laurel Park, rallying with a strong stretch run to capture the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2).

The Chad Brown-trained colt, who had won one of five previous starts, prevailed by a length while making his stakes debut in the 1 1/8-mile turf race presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance at Laurel Park.

Deeply Undervalued captures the Grade 2 Commonwealth Derby Saturday at Laurel. photo by Jim McCue.

Deeply Undervalued captures the Grade 2 Commonwealth Derby Saturday at Laurel.… Continue reading

Trainer Ferris Allen Featured In The Paulick Report Article On Eve Of The $60,000 Bert Allen Stakes

Even if he didn’t have a starter on the card, trainer Ferris Allen wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else but Laurel Park on Saturday for its 11-race Commonwealth Day program.

The annual celebration of Virgina-bred/sired horses moved to the Maryland countryside in 2014 following the closing of Colonial Downs where the 64-year-old Allen, a native of Varnia, Va., dominated the standings on the way to becoming the state’s all-time leading trainer.

Jockey Mario Pino with Bert Allen & his son, Ferris Allen

Jockey Mario Pino with Bert Allen & his son,… Continue reading

Friday’s Virginia-Breds at Keeneland

The last of the Virginia-bred yearlings go through the ring Friday at Keeneland. Listed below are those that are offered:

Hip #3481, a gray colt by Dunkirk out of $596,824 winner Silver Heart Bred by Nancy Terhune & Ernest Frohboese

              Hip #3481, a gray colt by Dunkirk out of $596,824 winner Silver Heart
                               Bred by Nancy Terhune & Ernest Frohboese


Hip #3695, a Mizzen Mast out of Gone Surfin' Bred by the William M. Backer revocable Trust

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2015 Virginia-Bred Stakes Winners Return Saturday At Laurel For 2016 Editions

The third annual Virginia-Bred Stakes Day at Laurel Racecourse takes place this Saturday, September 24th and will feature eight turf stakes — a trio of graded events that were previously held at Colonial Downs, and a five-pack of $60,000 stakes races for Virginia-bred horses.

The Punch Line is first of the five scheduled on Saturday and features a seven horse field at 5 1/2 furlongs. Two Notch Road, winner of both the 2014 and 2015 Punch Line… Continue reading

Thursday Horses at Keeneland

Hip #3324 - Filly by Graydar out of Jolie Ange Bred by Eric and Nancy Rizer

                                            Hip #3324 – Filly by Graydar out of Jolie Ange
                                                       Bred by Eric and Nancy Rizer


Hip # 3363 a filly by Morning Line out of Mammal of Action Bred by Picturesque Farm

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David A. Ross’ Racing Stable On The Rise

There was a great article in today’s Thoroughbred Daily News on VAHBA President David Ross and his racing operation. Please click on the link below to read the article in the TDN. Article courtesy of Thoroughbred Daily News.

Darrs Article

Virginia-Bred Stakes Day At Laurel Is This Saturday; Nominations Are Strong

Sept. 24 Card Offers Eight Stakes, Three Graded, Worth $850,000 in Purses

LAUREL, MD – A total of 219 horses were nominated to eight stakes, three of them graded, worth $850,000 in purses on Commonwealth Day, Saturday Sept. 24, at Laurel Park.
All eight stakes will be contested over Laurel’s world-class turf course, topped by the $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (G2) for 3-year-olds and up at a mile, and the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2) for 3-year-olds and $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks… Continue reading