Yearly Archives: 2018

Colonial Downs Eyeing Former Kmart Site In South Richmond For Possible Off Track Betting Parlor

Colonial Downs is considering buying a former Kmart building in South Richmond and transforming it into a betting site with slots-like gambling machines, according to a spokesman for the owners of the New Kent County horse-racing track.

Colonial Downs has secured an option to buy the 140,000 square-foot building at 6807 Midlothian Turnpike, but the sale could depend on whether Colonial Downs wins state and local approvals to install hundreds of historical horse racing machines in the former big-box store.… Continue reading

Draft Rules Would Allow Up To 3,000 Horse-Race Gambling Machines In Virginia

The following appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch on July 12th.

The Virginia Racing Commission is considering allowing up to 3,000 historical horse race gambling machines at Colonial Downs and off-track betting parlors throughout the state, according to recently published draft regulations.

Earlier this year, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill to legalize the slots-like machines as a way to revitalize the state’s struggling horse racing industry, despite opposition from critics who called it a major expansion of gambling.… Continue reading

Next Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday July 31st


Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.


Notice is given that a meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission will be held on Tuesday,  July 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM, in Courtroom B of the Tyler Building, located at 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

The Commission will receive public comments at this meeting concerning proposed emergency regulations to implement the provisions… Continue reading

Maryland Jockey Club Names New Racing Secretary; VP-Racing Hale Named To New Position

The following appeared in The Racing Biz July 2nd.

by Frank Vespe

The Maryland Jockey Club on Monday announced that longtime Vice-President of Racing and Racing Secretary Georganne Hale would become Vice President of Racing Development, a newly created position within the company.

In that job, the company said, she will oversee the revitalization of the Washington, DC International turf race; assist with the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series; and “lead and monitor philanthropic initiatives with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,… Continue reading

Jonathan Thomas’s Catholic Boy Battles Back Again To Win Belmont Derby Invitational

Congratulations to Belmont Derby Invitational winner Catholic Boy and his trainer, Jonathan Thomas, who is the son of Virginia Equine Alliance’s Track Superintendent, J.D. Thomas! The following article appeared in The Paulick Report July 8th. 

The last time Catholic Boy and Analyze It met in the Pennine Ridge, Analyze It took the lead only to have Catholic Boy wrest is back from him in the final strides. In Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational, those two made the turn… Continue reading

No Refunds Becomes First Bonus Winning Horse In New Virginia Certified Residency Program

Bird Mobberley’s No Refunds became the first horse to win a bonus in the new Virginia Certified Residency Program when the two year old filly kicked off Saturday’s card at Laurel with her first ever victory.

The Maryland-bred scored in gate-to-wire fashion in a $40,000 maiden special weight race. The winner, by Buffum out of More Punch by Partner’s Hero, held off runner-up Nosey Josy and finished 1… Continue reading

Middleburg’s National Sporting Library A Treasure For Students Of Racing History

The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 3rd and was written by Natalie Voss.

These days, it seems the answer to almost any question of Thoroughbred history can be found either in the stacks of the Keeneland Library or the archives at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. But there was a time when your average fan or journalist couldn’t access either.

In the 1950s, Virginia horseman George Ohrstrom saw this as a problem. Over the… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Long On Value Up Late For Grade I Highlander Victory

The following appeared in The Paulick Report June 30th.

At seven years of age, Madaket Stable, Ten Strike Racing and Steve Laymon’s Long On Value earned his first Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s Highlander Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse. The intact son of Value Plus ran down filly Lady Alexandra to win by about a neck on the wire, completing six furlongs over the firm turf in 1:07.13. Ridden by Florent Geroux and trained by Brad Cox, Long On Value’s win… Continue reading

One Go All Go To Battle In Saturday’s Grade I United Nations Stakes At Monmouth

Virginia-bred One Go All Go, who has earned over $358,000 this year alone, will make his 8th start of 2018 in the Grade I United Nations Stakes at Monmouth on Saturday.

Virginia-bred One Go All Go wins the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (Gr. II) in 2015 at Laurel

The 6 year old Fairbanks horse seems to be improving with age. He captured the Grade 2 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes April 12th at Keeneland, and was runner-up in a trio of Grade 2… Continue reading

Million Dollar Earning Virginia-Bred Long On Value Set To Compete In Grade I Highlander Stakes On Saturday

Long On Value gallops at Woodbine

Long On Value gallops at Woodbine

Michael Burns


Cox Eyes Highlander Repeat With Veteran Long On Value

The 7-year-old turf contender will chase grade 1 glory June 30 at Woodbine.

The longevity of Long On Value can be attributed in part to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who guided the son of Value Plus through his transition from dirt to turf and managed 27 of his 31 starts, including victories in the 2014 Twilight Derby… Continue reading