Monthly Archives: November 2017

David Ross’s Scuba Surges To Hawthorne Gold Cup Win

The following appeared in November 25th and was written by Claire Novak-Crosby.

Something about the month of November agrees with Scuba.

One year after he won the Marathon Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park, the 6-year-old Tapit  gelding once again found his way to the winner’s circle—this time in the $150,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G3) at Hawthorne Racecourse.

Iselin & Rizer-Bred Horses Surge In Week Before Thanksgiving

Horses bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin won three races in two days this past week as Virginia-breds scored a total of seven wins in four days. Audacious Angel, Talk Less and Just Funnin Ya connected at Churchill Downs, Mahoning Valley and Mountaineer Park respectively between November 18-19.

Audacious Angel was best in a $26,000 claiming race at the six furlong distance. The 4 year old City Zip filly took control from just past the quarter… Continue reading

Virginia Equine Alliance Opens Third OTB This Past Weekend In Chesapeake

The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) opened its third Off Track Betting Center this past weekend in Chesapeake at Buckets Bar & Grill. The restaurant is located in the Great Bridge area and is part of the Battlefield Shopping Center (228 N. Battlefield Blvd – Chesapeake, VA 23320). Heading south, Buckets is on the right hand side just before the drawbridge.

The OTB room in Buckets is one of three areas in the restaurant where wagering is… Continue reading

Horse Lover Works To Aid Veterans With PTSD

This column was written by Katie O’Connor and appeared in Monday’s (Nov 20) Richmond Times Dispatch

Richmond native Anne Poulson knows better than most the special connection that exists between humans and horses.

It’s the trust and respect that horses require, she said, that makes that bond so special, and could be what makes horses so valuable in helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Horses are large creatures, and many of these veterans have never done anything (with them) except… Continue reading

How ‘Bout A 15-14 Winning Exacta Combination? It Happened In Virginia-Bred Racing Action This Past Week

In Virginia-bred racing action this past week, Black Prong and Blushing Justine won their first lifetime race, Unpredictable and West End Gambler scored claiming wins, and Greyvitos captured a graded stakes event at Del Mar.

Black Prong, who did not race as a 2 year old, reached the winners’ circle for the first time in five starts. The 3 year old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding went five deep in the turn from fourth in his… Continue reading

Application For a Fourth OTB Approved By The Virginia Racing Commission At Its Tuesday Meeting

An application submitted by the Virginia Equine Alliance for a fourth Off Track Betting (OTB) Center was unanimously approved by the Virginia Racing Commission on Tuesday (November 14) at its monthly meeting in downtown Richmond. The site is in Collinsville, Virginia on Route 220 — just outside of Martinsville — at a Quality Inn hotel known by many as the Dutch Inn. The OTB will be part of a 4500 square foot sports lounge that can accommodate… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Greyvitos Captures Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes Over The Weekend

The following piece appeared in November 11th.

Virginia-Bred Long On Value Offered At Keeneland Sale

Long On Value, Airoforce Among Sale Prospects

Horses of racing age offered at Keeneland Nov. 13-14.

This article appeared on November 13th. Virginia-bred Long On Value will be offered at the Keeneland Sale. The 6 year old Value Plus horse was bred by Snow lantern Thoroughbreds and was trained by Bill Mott. He won almost 1 Million in purse earnings from 30 career starts.

Stellar Wind Sells For $6 Million At Auction

The following appeared on

Technically, trainer John Sadler’s job was done with regard to Stellar Wind‘s career around 4:48 p.m. PDT on the evening of Nov. 3.

After finishing eighth in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Del Mar, the 5-year-old daughter of Curlin  was put on a plane bound for Kentucky to begin the next phase of her Eclipse Award-winning career. With her anticipated date inside the Keeneland sales pavilion looming, Sadler was well… Continue reading

Ten Different Virginia-Breds Score A Treat On Halloween Week

Virginia-bred horses Going Rate, Schliffy, Trappe Me Later and Preachin’ George all earned their first lifetime wins last week at tracks around the country. The first pair collected their victories at Churchill while the latter two scored at Gulfstream and Laurel respectively.

Going Rate finished nicely in his $60,000, maiden special weight race to capture a 2 1/2 length triumph. The 3 year old Exchange Rate colt was sixth at the three-quarters mark of his… Continue reading