Yearly Archives: 2018

Next Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.


Notice is given that a meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission will be held on Tuesday,  October 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM, in Courtroom A of the Tyler Building, located at 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the current issues of the Virginia Racing Commission, to… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred & Sired Stakes At Laurel Have Been Moved Back To Sunday September 23rd

Here is a key release from the Maryland Jockey Club that affects Virginia-bred stakes on Commonwealth Day at Laurel. The Virginia stakes have been moved back one day and are now scheduled for Sunday September 23rd!

LAUREL, MD – Due to poor weather conditions forecast this weekend due to Hurricane Florence, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Monday that its Sept 15 stakes program – highlighted by the De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and three finals of the MATCH Series –… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Aiming For March 2019 Opening Of “Rosie’s Gaming Emporium”

The following piece appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch and was written by Graham Moomaw.

The new owners of Colonial Downs are hoping to open their casino-like gambling facility in New Kent County in March, with live horse racing expected to return in the fall of 2019.

Since buying the closed track in April, Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing and its partners have been building a management team and fixing up a track that had sat idle since 2014.

On Wednesday, company… Continue reading

Breeders Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s Jump Start Colt Takes Top Honors At $27,500 Yearling Futurity August 29th

Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s dark bay colt out of Blazeaway  captured Grand Champion honors at the $27,500 Virginia Breeders’ Yearling Futurity, held at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds August 29th.  He also won top honors in the Virginia-bred or sired Colt & Gelding division. The event featured competitions in both the Virginia-Bred/Sired Colt & Gelding and Filly classes, in addition to the new Certified class as well. A breakfast kicked of… Continue reading

Breakers Off Track Betting Center In Richmond Will Be Closed On Tuesday September 4th

Attention horseplayers — due to extreme heat inside Breakers OTB in Richmond’s west end, betting will not be available on Tuesday September 4th.

Free pre-printed programs are available at Breakers Sports Grille every Wednesday.

The air conditioning unit that services the OTB portion of Breakers went out late last week and it is being replaced early this week.

The Ponies & Pints OTB has beverage specials daily from 11 AM – 7 PM and food specials many nights including a… Continue reading

Fauquier High Alums Win Huge Races At Saratoga

The following appeared in The Fauquier Times and was written by Betsy Burke Parker

Two Fauquier High graduates broke through big at the Saratoga Racecourse in New York last weekend.

Upperville native Jonathan Thomas saddled Catholic Boy to win the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes, and Marshall native Chuck Lawrence sent out Glorious Empire to win the $1 million Grade 1 Sword Dancer turf stake.

“We’re just so proud of the horse and what he’s accomplished,” said Thomas,… Continue reading

Jonathan Thomas Seminar Videos From August 29th

We had a record number of entries and a great turn out for the Yearling Futurity on August 29th. Jonathan Thomas was kind enough to judge our entries during the morning session and then give a seminar where he discussed some of his training techniques and what he looks for in a race prospect. Click on the following link if you would like to see the entire seminar:



All Good In Catholic Boy’s World After Travers Win

The following appeared in August 26th. Trainer Jonathan Thomas will judge the annual Virginia Breeder’s Yearling Futurity Wednesday August 29th at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds from 9 AM – 12 Noon.

Jonathan Thomas’  barn is tucked away in one of the more bucolic areas of the Saratoga Race Course backstretch. Located a stone’s throw from Clare Court, Barn 9 is off the beaten backside path, one that takes a bit of trekking or driving for newcomers… Continue reading

New Upgraded Betting Terminals Installed At Virginia Bets OTBs In Time For Travers Weekend

Horseplayers that frequent the four Virginia Bets OTBs in the state will be in for a nice surprise on their next visit .

Am Tote, who is the Virginia Bets Tote provider, has brand new betting terminals and they are being installed at all four sites this week.  The Richmond install at Breakers Sports Grille and Ponies & Pints took place Wednesday morning.

The install at the Buckets Bar & Grill… Continue reading

Combined OTB & ADW Horse Racing Handle In Virginia Is Up Almost $10 Million Thru July

Virginia’s handle on horse race wagering is up nearly $10 Million over the same seven month period of a year ago courtesy of increases in both Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) and Off Track Betting (OTB) handle.

In the month of July, the four licensed ADWs — or on line betting partners — handled over $6.7 million from Virginia residents. TVG handled the most with $3,009,450 while Twin Spires was next with $2,616,924.… Continue reading