Monthly Archives: February 2017

Honorable Duty Captures Grade 3 Stakes For Virginia Owner/Breeder David Ross

Trainer Brendan Walsh says Honorable Duty has been a new horse mentally over the last few months.

Fittingly, the gelded son of Distorted Humor   called up all his improved fortitude in the stretch of the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Feb. 25 when he held strong over International Star splitting horses in late stretch and a stubborn Dazzling Gem to take the 1 1/16 miles test by half a length at Fair Grounds Race Course &… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Stellar Wind Points To Oaklawn’s Apple Blossom As Next Start

Rain in the Southern California area over the last two months has caused several interruptions to the training schedule, impacting the comeback of G1 winner Stellar Wind, reports The 5-year-old, Hronis Racing-owned daughter of Curlin has not raced since a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but had been scheduled to return in the G1 Santa Margarita on March 11 at Santa Anita. Rain has delayed her 2017 debut, and trainer John Sadler is now pointing the… Continue reading

“Off To The Races” Radio Show is Back On Saturday Mornings ON ESPN Radio In Richmond

Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returns to talk horse racing every Saturday morning with a big lineup of guests from around the racing world every week.

The one-hour program will air at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday on Richmond’s ESPN 950 AM and Sports FM 100.5.  Additional stations will be announced as they come online.

The show will focus on Thoroughbred racing and breeding around the mid-Atlantic region and across the country.

This… Continue reading

American Dubai Returns To Winner’s Circle; Virginia-Breds Connect Outside Of Mid-Atlantic Region

Virginia-bred horses have been winning the past couple weeks in every part of the country except the Mid-Atlantic region. Many have come in impressive gate to wire efforts and many as betting choices.

American Dubai, who a year ago was on the Kentucky Derby trail, earned his second career triumph on Valentine’s Day in a one mile, $26,000 allowance optional claiming event at Sunland Park. The 4 year old E Dubai colt beat six other horses… Continue reading

Secretariat Birthday Celebration Set For March 24-26

It’s been 47 years since legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born at The Meadow in Caroline County, Virginia on March 30, 1970. Today his historic birthplace is the celebration destination for legions of devoted fans who wish to remember the great racehorse and meet members of the Meadow Stable team he took on the ride of their lives. The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration takes place March 24-26 at the Meadow Event Park in conjunction with the Virginia Horse Festival.… Continue reading

ADW & OTB Business Figures In Virginia For January Are Strong

On line horse racing wagers placed by Virginia residents showed positive gains from all four partner Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies as the new year began. Overall handle for January was up almost five percent from the same month a year ago — $6,053,361 in 2017 versus $5,771,148 in 2016.

Even more encouraging is the handle figures from the two new Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers that recently opened in… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds Have A Super Sunday, Much Like Football’s Patriots

It was a Super Sunday for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and it was a pretty good Sunday for Virginia-bred horses too. Of the 7 that started in races around the country on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, 6 finished either first or second.

Congratulations to Chas’s Legacy and Lenstar, who won races at Sunland and Gulfstream respectively, and to runner-ups Talk Less, Nancy’s Gone Wild, Pardontori’sfrench and Tiz Unbeatable.

Pardontori'sfrench (outside) just missed on Super Bowl Sunday at Laurel. Photo by Jim McCue.

Pardontori’sfrench (outside) just missed on Super Bowl Sunday at… Continue reading

Trio Of Virginia-Breds Collect Mid-Atlantic Owners Bonus; Virginia Connected Horses Fare Well On Pegasus Day Under Card

Congratulations to the latest Virginia-bred horses to score an owners bonus with a victory in the Mid-Atlantic region — Greek God, Bird Call and Start Winning.

Greek God had an impressive gate to wire triumph Saturday at Laurel in a one mile, $15,000 claiming race. The 6 year old son of Pleasantly Perfect beat a field of six others, and boosted his career earnings to $142,445. The victor was bred by Larry Johnson, is owned by Three M’s Racing,… Continue reading