Yearly Archives: 2018

Colonial Downs plans June 2019 opening for new gambling facility in South Richmond

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch

There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing.

They unfurled a “Coming Soon” banner outside the former big-box store off Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday to herald the expected June 2019 opening of the first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, a horse betting facility officials called a major boost to a part of the city… Continue reading

Horseshoe Hills Farm’s Stephanie Nixon Appointed To The Virginia Racing Commission

Stephanie Nixon, long time Board member of both the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Virginia Racing Commission effective November 2nd. She will replace the vacant Commissioner’s seat previously held by Dr. Charles Steger, who passed away on May 6th.

Nixon owns Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland where she has broke, owned, bred and raised horses for all of her adult life. At the age… Continue reading

Penny Chenery’s Final Resting Place Is Virginia

(Doswell, VA)  – The children of Penny Chenery – Sarah Tweedy Manning, Kate Chenery Tweedy, Christopher Tweedy and John Tweedy – have announced that their mother’s ashes were interred in Virginia on October 20.  A memorial service was held at St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, followed by a private graveside service at the Chenery family plot in Woodland Cemetery. Penny’s ashes were buried next to the graves of her father Christopher T. Chenery and her… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Weekend Stakes Bonanza at Virginia Bets OTBs

Thanksgiving weekend provides horseplayers with a feast of stakes races to watch and wager from tracks around the country. On Thanksgiving Eve, the action starts at Zia Park and Penn National and continues into Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The four Virginia Bets Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers at Breakers Sports Grille (Henrico County), Ponies & Pints (Richmond), Buckets Bar & Grill (Chesapeake) and The Windmill OTB Sports Grill (Collinsville/Martinsville) will be closed on Thanksgiving Day — the bars/restaurants themselves may… Continue reading

Next Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled


Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.


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

Note- A meeting agenda will be posted here once it is available.

Lady Olivia at Northcliff’s Accountable Captures Second Straight Old Dominion Turf Championship

Accountable wore down front running favorite Jump Ship at the head of the stretch, then went on to a 1 1/4 length triumph in the $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship October 27th at Great Meadow. The 4-year-old Cosa Vera gelding captured the same 1 1/4 mile fall Championship race a year ago in dramatic come from behind fashion.

Accountable drives for the finish in the October 27th Old Dominion Turf Championship. Photo courtesy of Douglas Lees.

Overlooked by the betting… Continue reading


Looking for great deals on seasons for your 2019 matings?  Be sure to participate in the VTA’s annual stallion season auction, held February 12th and 13th. It’s worth the wait, the VTA has the most comprehensive list of NG seasons around.

The available  stallion season list and bidding procedures will be posted soon.  Make sure to check the stallion listings frequently as the list is updated daily through February 12th.

On February 12th, the VTA will… Continue reading

Well Matched Field For Montpelier’s Noel Laing This Saturday In Virginia

A well-matched field of nine will line up for Saturday’s $40,000 Noel Laing Handicap, the featured race of the 84th annual Montpelier Hunt Races in Virginia.

The race meet on the grounds of James and Dolley Madison’s historic home will kick off with a 12:30 p.m. post time.

Ricky Hendriks, currently leading the battle for the training title, will saddle Rosbrian Farm’s Detroit Blues and Clarcam, owned by Rosbrian and Meadow Run Farm, for the 2 1/2-mile trip around Montpelier’s… Continue reading

Virginia Connections In This Weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Championships

Four horses with Virginia connections will compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd.

Catholic Boy is set to compete in the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday and a face a star studded field in his toughest test yet. He is 8-1 early and will be amongst a field of 14.

Catholic Boy wins the 2018 Travers. Photo by Joe Labozzetta/NYRA.

Catholic Boy gave his trainer Jonathan… Continue reading

Doc Cebu, Optimus Prime, Capture Co-Features Saturday At Great Meadow’s Gold Cup Card

The following appeared on National Steeplechase Association’s website and was written by Don Clippinger.

Doc Cebu and jockey Hadden Frost played cat and mouse with Le Chevalier for the first three miles of Saturday’s International Gold Cup before decisively ending the game and drawing away to a 5 1/4-length victory in the National Steeplechase Association’s richest fall timber race.

The victory, worth $45,000 to last year’s timber champion, propelled the eight-year-old Hard Spun gelding into the lead for this year’s… Continue reading