Monthly Archives: July 2017

Off To The Races Saturday Morning Radio Show Features Debbie Easter, John Mooney As Guests

Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returns Saturday, July 15. The roster of guests includes:

  • Maryland Jockey Club linemaker and Equibase chart caller Keith Feustle to discuss Laurel Park’s three Saturday stakes;
  • Virginia Thoroughbred Association executive director Debbie Easter, to weigh in on the state’s new Virginia Certified Thoroughbred Program
  • Delaware Park executive director of racing John Mooney, who will talk about the day’s Delaware Handicap card and the presence of superstar filly… Continue reading

Neck & Nose Are Prevalent Words In Describing Virginia-Bred Wins From Weekend Of July 7-9

Of the seven wins Virginia-bred horses earned this past weekend, Northern Eclipse was afforded the most breathing room of any while crossing the wire. Five of the seven were by margins of a nose or a neck, and the sixth was by less than a length. The Hugh McMahon trainee won by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths over Sazerac Girl in a $42,000 allowance test at Laurel on Saturday. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Approves New Virginia Certified Thoroughbred Program

(WARRENTON, VA —- 7/7/17) —- The Virginia Racing Commission yesterday (July 6) voted unanimously to allow the Virginia thoroughbred industry to move forward with and fund a new program that is expected to contribute to the long term economic prosperity of Virginia agriculture, and encourage preservation of Virginia farmland.

The new Virginia-Certified Thoroughbred Program (VACTP) will reward horsemen who board horses at Virginia farms or training centers for six consecutive months prior to December 31st of… Continue reading

Stellar Wind Preparing For July 30th Clement Hirsch Stakes At Del Mar

The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 10th.

Champion Stellar Wind, winner of the G1 Beholder Mile on June 3, pleased her trainer John Sadler with her work on Sunday at Santa Anita, according to The 5-year-old daughter of Curlin is preparing for the G1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30, a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Stellar Wind is shown with jockey Victor Espinoza after winning the Beholder Mile.… Continue reading

VTA Member Keith Waldrop Remembered


Keith Pendleton Waldrop, beloved father and Pop, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on July 6, 2017. Born February 1, 1932, he was the son of the late Richard Nelson Waldrop and Carrie Bessie Wickham Waldrop. He was predeceased on April 23, 2017 by the love of his life, Barbara Dee Bowles Waldrop, with whom he shared over 64 extraordinary years. Keith was also predeceased by five older brothers, Richard Glen Waldrop, John Allen Waldrop,… Continue reading

Four Virginia-Breds Set To Compete In Stakes Races Saturday July 8

Virginia-bred horses will be well represented in stakes races around the country on Saturday, July 8th.

One Go All Go, winner of the Grade 2 Commonwealth Derby in 2015, will compete in the $100,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes (Gr. 3) at Arlington. The 5 year old son of Fairbanks will be making his first start since November 24th. The Albert Coppola bred horse is trained by Pavel Matejka and is out of the Marquetry mare, See Ashleigh… Continue reading



By Alicia Wincze Hughes t @BH_AHughes
Reprinted from the Bloodhorse Daily July 2, 2017

Unchained Melody is going to need a harder question asked of her for her next test. Making  just her fourth start and first attempt at the stakes level, the daughter of Smart Strike was in control at every point of call in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G2), as she turned back six challengers in gate-to-wire fashion… Continue reading

Seven Virginia-Breds Sparkle Over July 4th Holiday Weekend

Seven Virginia-bred horses created their own fireworks over the July 4th holiday weekend by winning a race at seven different tracks.

Sambrook Edge won on the 4th itself in a $25,000 one mile claiming race at Gulfstream. The 4 year old son of Afleet Alex was best in a field of eleven courtesy of a huge second half comeback. The victor trailed by nine lengths at the half and seven at the… Continue reading

Marvin Little, Breeder of Champion Hansel, Dies At Age 79

The following appeared in The Paulick Report on July 5th.

Well respected horseman Marvin Little Jr. passed away July 4 after a long battle with cancer. Born July 13, 1937, he died just shy of his 80th birthday.

Widely known as “Junior” within the industry, Little was born in Paintsville, Ky., and was a self-made man who never finished high school. After a stint in the Navy, he was planning to work in a factory but a steel strike meant… Continue reading

Timonium To Offer Stakes Races, Enhanced Purses

The following appeared on The Racing Biz website and was written by Frank Vespe.

The Big T will offer higher purses — and for the first time in years, stakes-quality racing — during its late summer meeting this year.

It’s all part of an effort to revitalize horse racing at Timonium, offered as part of the Maryland state fair. Timonium, Maryland’s lone bullring track, is also the only Thoroughbred fair meet in the East. Horse racing will take place at… Continue reading