Yearly Archives: 2018

2018 Virginia-Bred & Sired Racing Series In Maryland Approved By Virginia Racing Commission

Dates Announced For 2018 Virginia-Bred Racing Series In Maryland; Trainer/Owner Bonus Program Added To The Series 

The series of Virginia-bred or sired thoroughbred races in Maryland that has been so popular the past several years will return again in 2018 and will feature a new format. Previously, the three separate Saturday programs shared a combination of stakes and maiden events. The new version will offer maiden races on Friday and stakes exclusively… Continue reading

Iselin’s, Keswick Stables and Audley Farm Top The List Of 2017 Leading Virginia Breeders

Iselin’s, Keswick Stables and Audley Farm Top The List Of 2017 Leading Virginia Breeders  


The list of top Virginia breeders by 2017 purse winnings has been announced, and horses bred by Mr. & Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III led the way with $934,958 in earnings. Their American Dubai kicked off the year with four straight wins at Sunland Park and by year’s end, had bankrolled $332,310 from nine… Continue reading

Virginia Residency Program Provides Full Barns, And A Future.

The following was written by Nick Hahn and appeared in The Racing Biz on April 12th.

Call it a one-two punch.

Governor Ralph Northam’s signing of House Bill 1609 that allows historical horse racing at Colonial Downs and satellite facilities is the second step of a Virginia Thoroughbred industry revitalization process that actually began with a promising incentive program launched last year that is already having visible benefits.

Historical racing is a form a wagering that allows players to bet… Continue reading

Virginia Governor Signs Historic Horse Racing Bill

The following appeared in The Paulick Report April 10, 2018.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday signed House Bill 1609, Returning Horse Racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A statement from the governor’s office stated: The governor was pleased to sign this bill, which will enable the return of horse racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. At the same time, the governor issued an executive directive outlining priorities he would like to see reflected in the regulations that the Virginia… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred 2017 Horse of the Year Stellar Wind In Ireland – To Be Bred to Galileo

Champion mare was bought for $ 6 million at Keeneland November sale.

Multiple grade 1 winner Stellar Wind, who M.V. Magnier purchased for $6 million at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, was exported to Ireland and will be bred to leading European sire Galileo, Coolmore associates confirmed March 26.

Export records show the mare was shipped to Ireland March 9.

Stellar Wind is shown at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale… Continue reading

Rare Twins To Make Their Racing Debut Friday At Charles Town

The following appeared in The Daily Racing Form on April 4th. Mr. Ping & Mr. Pong — the twins — are trained by Larry Curtis, who is based at the  Middleburg Training Center. His wife Cindy is a VTA Board member.  

Regardless of what it says on the tote board, the twins Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong will have already defied astronomical odds when they break from the gate in Friday’s fourth race at Charles Town.

The… Continue reading

2017 Virginia-Bred Champions Ceremony, Friday May 4th

Join us for cocktails in the Turf Club tent at Great Meadow Friday evening May 5th for the annual Virginia-Bred Awards Ceremony.

2017 Virginia-Bred Horse of the Year, Stellar Wind – bred by Peggy Augustus’s Keswick Stables

Cocktails and the Awards Ceremony celebrating Virginia’s leading breeders, owners and trainers are from 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

Come early for the Kentucky Oaks. Betting machines will be open!

Casual dress – Open Bar – Hor D’oeuvres


Please RSVP by April… Continue reading

’17 “Zeke” Ferguson Stakes Winner, Balance The Budget, Scores In $150,000 Grade 1 Colonial Cup

The following appeared in on April 1st.

Taking advantage of a Springdale Racecourse that favored speed, Stonelea Stable’s Balance the Budget jumped out to a yawning early advantage in the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (NSA-G1) March 31 and came home to a 6 1/4-length victory under Mark Watts.

Zanjabeel, making his first start in open company in this country, closed ground in the stretch but never threatened Balance the Budget, who recorded his second straight… Continue reading

Catholic Boy Gives Up-And-Comer Jonathan Thomas ‘Monster Opportunity’ In Florida Derby

Jonathan Thomas will step onto Thoroughbred racing’s center stage Saturday when he saddles Catholic Boy for a start in the $1-million Florida Derby (G1). Although the 37-year-old trainer may be regarded by many as a newcomer to the big time, it should be noted that he grew up among the Sport of Kings’ elite.

The son of parents who were career horsemen, Thomas called the Rokeby Farm in Upperville, Va. – owned by the late philanthropist and Thoroughbred owner… Continue reading

Virginia Rivals To Meet In Saturday’s Pan American Stakes (Gr. 2) At Gulfstream

From a Gulfstream Park release

Virginia-connected horses will be front and center in Saturday’s $250,000, Grade 2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Woodslane Farm’s Grade 1-winning homebred Sadler’s Joy — a Kentucky-bred who was raised at Woodslane, which is in Fauquier County — can put himself and his connections in elite company when he returns to defend his title in Saturday’s $250,000 Pan American (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

But to get there, he’ll have to overcome eight rivals, including… Continue reading