Monthly Archives: January 2017

Four Virginia-Bred Victories Last Week Result In Owner’s Bonuses Courtesy of HBPA/VTA Incentive Program

Four Virginia-bred horses collected an owner’s bonus last week via the HBPA/VTA incentive program, courtesy of wins in the Mid-Atlantic region. Tiz Unbeatable, Jo Pye Weed, Nice Try and Simmstown all connected in their respective outings.

Tiz Unbeatable is a 4 year old Tiz Wonderful colt bred and owned by Sam English II. He earned a 1 1/2 length win last Saturday at Laurel in a $15,000 claiming event. The victor chased the pace early,… Continue reading

Virginia Connected Horses Are Well Represented In Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus World Cup Card This Saturday (Jan. 28)

Virginia connected horses will be well represented this Saturday (January 28th) at Gulfstream Park, which hosts the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup that afternoon. There are 12 races on the card, which begins at 11:30 AM. The Pegasus itself is at 5:40 PM, and will be broadcast live on NBC from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.

Virginia-bred Long On Value, with career earnings of $679,486, is slated to compete in the $125,000 Gulfstream Park Turf… Continue reading

Board Of Director Election Results Announced

On the 18th, VTA Board of Director election results were announced at the Board/Annual Meeting in Warrenton. The newly elected Board Members listed below will serve from January 2017 through December 2019:

Capital District:  Richard (Dick) Freer, Richmond
Potomac District:  Jim Fitzgerald, Marshall
Blue Ridge District: Sue Hart, Charlottesville

At-Large Directors:
Wayne Chatfield-Taylor, Front Royal
Donna Dennehy, Ashland
Gillian (Jill) Gordon-Moore, Berryville
Tommy Lee Jones, Warrenton
Brooke Royster, Gordonsville
Cynthia (Cindy) Tucker Curtis, Upperville

VTA Board members may… Continue reading

PEGASUS CUP HIGHLIGHTS GRAND OPENING AT PONIES AND PINTS OTB

Come catch California Chrome as he makes his final start in the Pegasus Cup at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Wager on the richest race in the world while enjoying the grand opening of our newest OTB,  Ponies and Pints at 110 N. 18th Street in Richmond or catch the action at Breakers Sports Grille (9127 West Broad Street)  if you are in the West End.

RACE PREVIEW:

California Chrome will make his final career start in the… Continue reading

Eclipse Award Winning Male Sprinter Co-Bred By Virginian Anthony Warrender

Drefong won the Eclipse Award as top male sprinter Saturday night. He was co-bred by Virginian Anthony Warrender of Middleburg. Here is a recap courtesy of America’s Best Racing.

With his Eclipse Award for male sprinter awarded Jan. 21, Drefong joins Lost in the Fog (2005), Trinniberg (2012), and Runhappy (2015) as the only 3-year-olds who earned the honor this century.

In most cases the top male sprinter of the year has a “body of… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Recap From January 17th

The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) outlined its vision for 2017 at this week’s meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission, which was held Tuesday in downtown Richmond.

VEA President Debbie Easter provided details on the first two Off Track Betting Centers that recently opened in Richmond — in the west end at Breakers Sports Grille (opened November 2nd) and in downtown Richmond at Ponies & Pints, which opened on Monday. There are plans to expand the OTB network this… Continue reading

Backer Virginia’s Leading Breeder in 2016

At the beginning of February award checks will be distributed to Virginia Breeders and Stallion owners for wins during the 2016 racing year. $400,000 in Breeder’s Fund award money will be split among Virginia Breeders, while stallion owners will split a total of $20,000.

Mr. William Backer’s Smitten Farm was Virginia’s leading breeder in 2016, with 35 wins, including stakes winners Sweet Victory, Rose Brier and Moon River. Mr. Backer’s passion was breeding and racing Thoroughbred horses, unfortunately he passed… Continue reading

Horseplayers Holiday Weekend Preview For Jan 14 – 16

Another holiday weekend is upon us and there is plenty of stakes race action to keep players engaged Saturday thru Monday. Saturday (Jan. 14) features a four pack of graded stakes and a pair are on tap holiday Monday (Jan. 16). And speaking of on tap, the Virginia Equine Alliance’s newest Off Track Betting Center — at Ponies & Pints — will open in downtown Richmond Monday at 12 Noon. The OTB is located… Continue reading

New Richmond OTB At Ponies & Pints Restaurant To Open Monday Jan. 16th

The Virginia Equine Alliance’s (VEA) second Off Track Betting (OTB) Center in Richmond, which was scheduled to open at a new restaurant called Ponies & Pints on Wednesday January 11th, will open Monday January 16th instead.

Monday is a federal holiday and many of the major tracks in the country are racing including Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Laurel, Oaklawn and Santa Anita. Three stakes races will be contested that afternoon including a Derby prep race —… Continue reading

New Off Track Betting Center Set To Open In Downtown Richmond Monday, January 16th

The Virginia Equine Alliance will open its second Off Track Betting Center in Virginia this Monday, January 16th in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of downtown Richmond.  The OTB is in a new restaurant/bar called Ponies & Pints, and simulcast signals from up to 20 horse racetracks around the country will be available to watch and wager daily. A grand opening celebration is slated for January 28th to coincide with… Continue reading