Yearly Archives: 2016

Nose, Nose, Head, Head, Neck, Neck. Virginia-Bred Mid-November Victories Have Been Nail Biters!

Virginia-bred River Date won for the third time in four starts this year in a $27,000 claiming race this past Friday at Aqueduct. Unusual? Not at all. Given the margin of victory other Virginia-breds had in their respective mid-November winning efforts, it was quite unusual.
The 4 year old son of Pioneerof the Nile romped to a 10 1/2 length, gate-to-wire victory. Every other Virginia-bred score was of the nail biting variety —… Continue reading

Here is Your Thanksgiving Week Stakes Lineup; 3 Virginia-Breds Set To Compete

Thanksgiving weekend traditionally has meant lots of stakes races from tracks around the country to watch and wager, and this year is no exception plus, you can bet the 2017 Kentucky  months in advance! And to top it off, the new Off Track Betting (OTB) Center in Richmond is now open and accepts wagers every day including the Thanksgiving holiday itself.

Here’s your lineup to an exciting week:

Wednesday Nov. 23 – Zia Park has 6… Continue reading

William Backer Bred Horses On A Hot Streak

William Backer Commonwealth-bred horses have been a roll in the past several weeks, having earned victories at five different tracks around North America. Chorus Line scored in a $58,000 starter race at Aqueduct, Fur Lined won a claimer at Mountaineer, Alone Again was triumphant in a Mahoning Valley claimer, Rare Art connected at Keeneland, and Rock River earned a maiden claiming win at Woodbine.

Chorus Line dominated in an upset win November 4th at Aqueduct. She has won 2 straight at the NYRA circuit in 2 weeks. Photo by Adam Coglianese.

Chorus Line dominated in an upset win November 4th at Aqueduct. She has won… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Sticksstatelydude Captures Grade 3 Discovery Stakes At Aqueduct November 12th

(Reprinted from on November 12th).

Sticksstatelydude has raced at seven different racetracks and in four different states, but does his best in one—the Empire State.

It’s not that the 3-year-old First Dude   colt runs poorly other places—he finished second in the Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) Sept. 25 at Remington Park—but he pushed his record to a perfect three-for-three in New York Nov. 12 in the $150,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct RacetrackWatch… Continue reading

Sticksstatelydude In Graded Stakes Action Saturday; Here’s Your Weekend Preview For November 12, 13

Virginia-bred Sticksstatelydude is back in graded stakes action Saturday at Aqueduct! The 3 year old son of First Dude has entered the $150,000 Discovery Stakes (Gr. 3) and is 6-1 early in the field of 11.
Bred by Canyon Lake Thoroughbreds, he is fresh off a runner-up finish in the Oklahoma Derby (Gr. 3) September 25th at Remington, and a 4th in the Smarty Jones Stakes September 5th at Parx. Joel Rosario is in the irons Saturday for trainer Kiaran… Continue reading

It’s Time For the Breeders’ Cup, And Virginia Again Is Well Represented

It’s time at last — Thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held this Friday & Saturday, November 4th & 5th at Santa Anita!

Virginia interests again are well represented in races both Friday & Saturday including Virginia-bred Stellar Wind, who will face Beholder for the third straight race along with powerful 6-5 early favorite Songbird in the $2 million Distaff. The clash takes place Friday at 7:35 PM.

Stellar Wind and Victor Espinoza, left, hold off Beholder and Gary Stevens to win the Grade I $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. ©Benoit Photo

Stellar Wind and… Continue reading

Virginia Equine Alliance’s First OTB Opens In Richmond!

What a great opening day at the first Virginia Equine Alliance Off Track Betting Center in Richmond!

A giant video wall at Breakers displays signals from 10 different tracks around the country in the afternoon and another 10 in the evening.

A giant video wall at Breakers displays signals from 10 different tracks around the country in the afternoon and another 10 in the evening.

Horseplayers can wager from 12 Noon until 11 PM seven days a week at Breakers Sports Grille at 9127 W. Broad St. in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center.

Virginia Bets is the name of the Virginia Equine Alliance's network of Off Track Betting Centers.

Virginia Bets is the name of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s… Continue reading

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