Yearly Archives: 2018

Jockey Club Releases 2018 Fact Book

The Jockey Club announced today that the 2018 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website. You can find it here.

The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. It also features a directory of Canadian, international, national, and state organizations.

Links to the Breeding Statistics report that is released by The Jockey Club each September and the Report of Mares… Continue reading

Secretariat Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 23-25 At The Meadow

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Event will also pay tribute to Penny Chenery and Charlie Davis

The 45th anniversary of Secretariat’s historic Triple Crown will be the central theme of the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow Event Park March 23-25. Of the 12 horses to win the Triple Crown since its inception in 1919, only Virginia-born Secretariat broke all three track… Continue reading

Longtime Breeder and Former VTA Board Member, Pat Schuler, Passes Away

Patricia Schuler, 82, of Keswick, passed away on February 19, 2018.

Patricia was born on July 29, 1935, in Portland, Maine, to the late Robert W. Reilly and Allene Sacco Reilly. She attended Holy Names Academy and St Rose College in Albany, NY. Pat’s love and passion for animals led her to serve as vice president of the Derry N.H. S.P.C.A and later held a position as a board member with the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (V.T.A). Pat was instrumental in… Continue reading

2018 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Equine Session Announced

2018 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Equine Session Announced

The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, the region’s premier animal nutrition conference, will be held April 4-5, 2018 at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley in Hunt Valley, MD.  Two days of expert speakers have been lined up with the Equine Session held on the second day featuring seminars devoted to equine feed ingredients and discussion of natural or organic feed components.  Veterinarians, students, horse trainers, horse breeders, and horse owners… Continue reading

Yearling Futurity Bonuses Announced For Top Racetrack Money Earners

Virginia-bred horses that competed in the 2015 Yearling Futurity will share a bonus pool of $5,000 based on career earnings they accumulated through their recently completed three-year-old racing campaigns. The top earners in order were Speed Gracer ($3,000), Limehouse Louie ($1,000), Scarlett’s Ransom ($700) and Fly E Dubai ($300).

Speed Gracer wins a maiden special weight race at Laurel in October, 2016. Photo by Jim McCue.

Speed Gracer, bred and owned … Continue reading

Four Virginia-Breds Score Recent Wins At Charles Town; Stormin Margaret Makes Successful 70th Career Start

Four Virginia-bred horses recently reached the winner’s circle at Charles Town including a consistent mare that was making her 70th career start.

Storming Margaret, an 8 year old Here’s Zealous mare, made her 70th start quite memorable in kicking off the month. She came four wide from fourth in the final turn of her $10,000 claiming race to nip Mrs. Sport by a neck at the wire and record her 12th victory. Bred by Rodger Smith,… Continue reading

Colonial Downs: House Approves Historical Horse Racing

The following appeared in The Racing Biz February 13th. 

by Frank Vespe

Live racing is a big step closer to returning to Virginia’s Colonial Downs.

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly – 79-21 – in favor of HB 1609, a bill that would allow “historical horse racing” machines in the Commonwealth. Now the bill heads to the state Senate, which is expected to begin the process of considering it as early as next week.

Historical racing… Continue reading

Off To The Races Radio Show Makes Its 2018 Debut Saturday Feb. 10th At 10 AM

Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returns for its 2018 season Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. The program will air on over terrestrial radio on ESPN Richmond (VA) — 950 AM, 99.5 FM, and 102.7 FM — and via internet streaming.

The show will air every Saturday morning from February 10 through July 21.

“We are excited to kick off the 2018 season of Off to the Races,” said Frank Vespe, owner-publisher of… Continue reading

Catholic Boy Kicks Off Sophomore Season In Saturday’s Tampa Bay’s Sam F. Davis Stakes

The following appeared in The Paulick Report February 8th. Catholic Boy is trained by Jonathan Thomas, son of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s Track Superintendent, John Dale Thomas. In addition to the Sam Davis Stakes Saturday, fans can make advance wagers on the May 5th Kentucky Derby from Friday Feb. 9 – Sunday Feb. 11. Virginia’s 3 OTBs will accept those bets — at Breakers Sports Grille and Ponies & Pints in Richmond, and  at Buckets Bar &… Continue reading

Charlie Davis, Exercise Rider For Secretariat, Dies After Brief Battle With Lung Cancer

The Secretariat Team announced today that Charlie Davis, the charismatic exercise rider for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, died early this morning from complications of lung cancer. He was 78.

Davis, who was born on Feb. 2, 1940, in Orangeburg, S.C., started his vocation by cutting elementary school to watch the Thoroughbreds train on the farm where his father worked. Small in stature but tough and determined, Davis learned how to exercise horses and eventually went to work for legendary… Continue reading