Monthly Archives: August 2017

Ten Year Old Two Notch Road Turns Back The Clock In Winning The Meadow Stables Stakes

Ten-year-old Virginia-bred Two Notch Road turned back the clock with a thrilling come from behind victory Saturday  in the $75,000 Meadow Stables Stakes at Laurel Park.

Two Notch Road (outside) just edged Tiz Our Time (inside) to capture the $75,000 Meadow Stables Stakes August 5th at Laurel. Photo courtesy of Jim McCue.

The Glenn Thompson trainee (outside) trailed Tiz Our Time (inside) by 4 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch, but methodically pecked away at the… Continue reading

Early Grey’s Maiden Win Kicks Off Virginia Day At Laurel Park Festivities August 5th

Early Grey captured a $30,000 maiden special weight race to kick off the first of five Virginia-bred races at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon (August 5th).

Early Grey captured a $30,000 maiden special weight race for Virginia-breds August 5th at Laurel. Photo by Jim McCue.

Jockey Sheldon Russell led the effort for owner/breeder Morgan’s Ford Farm. The 4 year old Flatter gelding broke his maiden over a year ago at Laurel in a similar Virginia-bred race, but he was disqualified… Continue reading

Stakes Lineup For Saturday August 5th – Whitney, West Virginia Derby, Virginia-Bred Stakes & More

August 5th is one of the busiest days of the season for horseplayers. Saratoga, Meadowlands, Mountaineer Park, Del Mar and Laurel all have major stakes races to showcase. To keep everything straight, here is a schedule to plan your afternoon.

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

The new Richmond OTBs will be showcasing all the action Saturday — at Breakers Sports Grille… Continue reading

Deadline to Take AHC Survey to Update Economic Impact Information Extended Until August 18th

If you have not already completed an American Horse Council Economic Impact Survey, please do so. The Virginia Horse Industry Board has contracted with the AHC to provide economic impact data for Virginia’s horse industry. The plan is for these surveys to be conducted on a regular basis so there is current data to use when speaking with local and state government officials.

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) announced that it will be extending the deadline to complete the… Continue reading

Special Envoy, Queen Caroline Look To Double Up In Virginia-Bred Stakes

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

It took every inch of the one-mile Edward P. Evans Stakes for Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s Special Envoy to earn some long-deserved black type. Six weeks later he returns to Laurel Park aiming for his second straight stakes victory in the $75,000 Hansel Stakes.

Joining Special Envoy in seeking to repeat in a Virginia-bred route stake will be the four-year-old Queen Caroline, who won the Nellie Mae Cox June 24 and is entered… Continue reading

Virginia Breeder Backer’s Legacy Endures At Saratoga

The following piece was written by Ron Mitchell and appeared on August 1st.

When the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale takes place next week, it will feature three horses that represent the lasting legacy of the breeding program put together by the late William M. “Bill” Backer.

Backer and his wife Ann, established Smitten Farm near The Plains, Va., after his illustrious career in the advertising industry. A member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Backer was best… Continue reading

Fall Colors, American Dubai, Code West Set To Compete In Stakes This Week

Virginia-breds will be well represented in stakes races around the country this week. Entries for Saturday’s “Virginia Day” at Laurel Park”, featuring a four pack of Virginia-bred stakes, will be drawn Wednesday (August 2).

Fall Colors, bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Smart, will compete in the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Steeplechase Stakes Thursday at Saratoga. The event is for fillies and mares four and up, and is at the 2 1/16th miles distance. The James Day trainee is… Continue reading