Monthly Archives: October 2016

Breeders’ Cup Championship Lineup For Friday November 4th & Saturday November 5th

The Virginia Equine Alliance’s first Off Track Betting Center will be open in Richmond in time for Breeders’ Cup weekend! It is located inside Breakers Sports Grille in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center on West Broad St. between Parham and Gaskins Road. Stay tuned here for opening details in the coming days. Greg Burton will broadcast his Richmond based show on ESPN 950-AM and 100.5 FM Tuesday November 1st from the OTB between 4-6 PM. Listeners will get complete OTB… Continue reading

Richmond OTB Set To Open Wednesday November 2nd.

The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) will soon open its first Off Track Betting (OTB) Center in Richmond inside Breakers Sports Grill at 9127 W. Broad Street. The OTB is located in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center between Parham and Gaskins Road.

A soft opening is being planned for Wednesday November 2nd and everything should be geared up in time for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday November 4th and Saturday November… Continue reading

Pair of Virginia-Breds Reach Winners Circle In International Gold Cup Card At Great Meadow

A pair of Virginia-breds scored wins October 22nd at Great Meadow during the 10 race International Gold Cup card. Six steeplechase races were conducted followed by four flat events.

Cryptos’ Holiday (#5) edged past Hooping in deep stretch to win the $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship. The flat race, restricted to Virginia-bred or sires horses, was the final event of the Gold Cup program.

Virginia-bred Cryptos' Holiday won the $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship at Great Meadow October 22nd. Photo by Douglas Lees

Virginia-bred Cryptos’ Holiday won the $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship at Great Meadow October… Continue reading

16 Virginia-Breds Go For Owners Bonus Sat. Oct. 29; Here Is Your Weekend Stakes Preview

‘Tis the weekend before the Breeders’ Cup Championships at Santa Anita and as you might expect, there are a few less thoroughbred stakes races to wager than in past weeks. But the wait until next Friday and Saturday’s “Cup” races will be well worth it.

Keeneland’s last day of their fall session ends Saturday with a Grade 2 stakes on tap, then Churchill Downs opens their fall meet Sunday with a trio of stakes. Belmont, with… Continue reading

50 Virginia-Breds To Compete Between Friday & Saturday; Here Is Your Weekend Preview For Oct. 21-23

It is still two weeks until the Breeders’ Cup Championships but there is plenty of great thoroughbred and harness racing to wager and to view in person this weekend.

On Saturday October 22nd, Belmont Park hosts their annual “Empire Showcase Day”, a series of 8 state-bred stakes with $1.7 million in purse monies up for grabs. Nearby Laurel Park hosts their annual Maryland Million Day, where 9 state-bred stakes are on tap and $1 million in purses… Continue reading

“Zeke” Ferguson Steeplechase Preview – Featured Gold Cup Under Card Stakes

Written by Don Clippinger, from National Steeplechase Association. Saturday’s Gold Cup card features 6 pari-mutuel steeplechase races and 4 pari-mutuel flat ones.  We hope to see many VTA members at Great Meadow!

The Field Stable’s Portrade, a Grade 1 winner at Saratoga Race Course in his most recent start, will meet a high-quality field in Saturday’s $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2), the featured hurdle race of the International Gold Cup.

The Ferguson Memorial, at… Continue reading

International Gold Cup Preview – The Big Day Is This Saturday, October 22

From National Steeplechase Association website – written by Don Clippinger. Saturday’s Gold Cup card at Great Meadow features 6 pari-mutuel steeplechase races and 4 flat races.

The reigning timber champion and the current leader in the timber standings will square off Saturday in the $90,000 International Gold Cup, the fall’s richest race over post-and-rail fences.

The richest-ever running of the International Gold Cup highlights an action-filled 10-race program that also includes the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2)… Continue reading

Bet Big Stakes from Keeneland & Belmont Saturday Oct. 15th; Virginia-Bred Queen Caroline Competes In A Grade I

Things are heating up for horseplayers as cooler temperatures roll in and leaves begin to change colors. We’re just three weeks away from the two day Breeders’ Cup Championships at Santa Anita and just one week away from the Maryland Million at Laurel Park. Don’t ignore this weekend though —  Keeneland heads into its second weekend of fall action and the field of their featured Saturday stakes race includes a Virginia-bred!

Queen Caroline won the 2nd race at Pimlico on Preakness Day. Bred by the Morgan's Ford Farm, the 3 year old filly was ridden by John Velazquez. Photo by Jim McCue.

Queen Caroline won the 2nd… Continue reading

Stellar Wind Prepares For Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Reprinted from Stellar Wind was named Virginia-Bred Horse of the Year for 2015. She most recently won the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes and now prepares for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She was bred by the Keswick Stables and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC.

Trainer John Sadler has had a deliberate plan for Stellar Wind‘s 2016 campaign, and so far, Hronis Racing’s Curlin   filly has checked off every box.

Ahead, however, is the most important box… Continue reading

Board of Director Nominees Needed!

VTA Members:

The VTA Board has elected the 2016 Nominating Committee and is currently preparing a slate for December’s Board of Director’s Election. If you are interested in running for the VTA Board or want to suggest a candidate, please contact one of the Committee members listed below or Debbie Easter at the VTA office. Nominations will be open until November 15, 2016. All nominees must be current a VTA member and a short biography for each nominee is needed.… Continue reading