Monthly Archives: October 2017

Long-Time Virginia Breeder and VTA Member, C. Oliver Iselin, III Passes Away

            C. Oliver (Ollie) Iselin lll,  a native of Middleburg who was an All-American rower when he captained the Harvard crew team and later served for more than 20 years in the CIA in posts in north and west Africa , died at his home on Oct. 10 from congestive heart failure. He was 90.

C. Oliver Iselin, III of Wolver Hill Farm


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Doc Cebu Wins The International Gold Cup Saturday At Great Meadow

The following appeared on National Steeplechase Association’s website and was written by Don Clippinger.

Charles C. Fenwick Jr.’s Doc Cebu marked himself as a premier timber horse Saturday when he surged past front-running Grand Manan and drew clear easily to an 11 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 International Gold Cup.

Armata Stables’ Grand Manan, the defending winner of the 3 1/2-mile International Gold Cup, overcame some near-mishaps to finish second, 21 1/4 lengths ahead of Kiplin Hall’s Rodriguez.

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“Wind” A Prevailing Force For Lane’s End At November

The following piece on Virginia-bred Stellar Wind Appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News October 26th. 

The quality of horses on offer at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale is so high, standing out in the crowd is not always easy. For Lane’s End, when it comes to consigning Stellar Wind (Curlin) (Hip 153), among others, that will not be an issue.

“She’s a collector’s item among the sale offerings,” said Allaire Ryan, Lane’s End’s director of sales. “Throughout… Continue reading

“Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase Stakes Preview; Co-Featured Race At Saturday’s Gold Cup


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Edith Dixon’s homebred Schoodic, a talented but headstrong multiple stakes winner, will shoot for a second straight victory at Great Meadow Race Course when he lines up Saturday for the International Gold Cup’s $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Handicap (Gr. 2).

The 2 1/8-mile Ferguson will be the featured hurdle race of the 34th annual International Gold Cup at Great Meadow Race… Continue reading

International Gold Cup Field Set For Saturday


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Charles C. Fenwick Jr.’s Doc Cebu, the hottest newcomer to the timber-racing scene, has been supplemented to meet a veteran field in the $75,000 International Gold Cup, the signature race of Saturday’s 34th annual International Gold Cup at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va.

The International Gold Cup meet will feature eight races with purses totaling $370,000. Also… Continue reading

New OTB In Chesapeake Getting Closer To Opening

The third Off Track Betting Center operated by the Virginia Equine Alliance will open soon in Chesapeake, inside Buckets Bar & Grill. The OTB is located in the busy Great Bridge section of town at 228 N. Battlefield Boulevard just before the draw bridge heading south.

The main dining room/lounge at Buckets will show a combination of horse racing & sports.

The OTB will feature three separate areas — the existing Buckets dining room/lounge, an OTB room with a separate… Continue reading

Secretariat’s Meadow To Hold A Hometown Remembrance Of Penny Chenery Oct. 29

The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of Secretariat in Caroline County, Virginia, will hold a “Remembrance of Penny Chenery” on Sunday October 29 from 2 – 4 pm. The event will take place in Meadow Hall mansion and is open to the public with limited seating.

“It is only fitting that we should honor Mom at The Meadow, her family’s former home and the place where it all began,” said Kate Chenery Tweedy, Mrs. Chenery’s daughter. “This is where Granddaddy’s dream… Continue reading

Breeders’ Cup Championship Races Set For November 3rd & 4th At Del Mar

Attention horseplayers — Mark your calendars! The Breeders’ Cup Championship races are right around the corner. Del Mar will host the two day spectacle on Friday November 3rd & Saturday November 4th.

For planning purposes, Friday’s four “Cup” races will be held between 5:25 – 7:35 PM and Saturday’s nine “Cup” races are slated to go from 3:00 – 8:35 PM. These are east coast times. The $2 Million Distaff closes out Friday’s card and the $6 Million Classic ushers… Continue reading

Stellar Wind Preps For The Breeders’ Cup Distaff November 3rd

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza worked champion Stellar Wind six furlongs at 6:30this morning in 1:13.60 for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 3, the penultimate breeze at Santa Anita for the daughter of Curlin before her move south for the Big Dance.

Stellar Wind breezing at Santa Anita October 14th. Photo by Zoe Metz.

Trainer John Sadler worked Stellar Wind in company with That’s a Lady, who was timed in 1:14.20.

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Region-Bred Yearlings Power First Day Of Timonium Fasig-Tipton Sale

by Frank Vespe of The Racing Biz

Day one of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale concluded with gains in the average and median versus 2016. The numbers aren’t strictly comparable, though; the sale, expanded to two days and nearly 500 hips, is much larger than the 323 hips who went through the ring in a one-day sale in 2016.

That leaves about 70 percent of the horses still to go through the ring. Hips 151 through 495 will sell… Continue reading