Monthly Archives: January 2018

2017 Breeders Fund Award Winners Announced

Breeders Fund award winners for 2017 have been announced, and a total of $525,000 will be distributed among 53 different thoroughbred breeders. 248 Virginia-bred victories were recorded from 2,231 starts, which translated into $3,926,079 in purse winnings.

Highest money earning breeder was the Keswick Stable & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings at $70,631 thanks to three time stakes winner and top bonus money earner last year, Stellar Wind. The 6 year old Curlin mare collected a… Continue reading

Progress Continues At Virginia’s Fourth OTB In Collinsville, Virginia

Renovations continue at the site of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s (VEA) fourth Off Track Betting (OTB ) Center inside the Quality Inn in Collinsville (just outside of Martinsville).

Work on the bar area continues at The Windmill OTB. Televisions will be plentiful for customers sitting at the bar and those seated at tables throughout the restaurant/lounge.

The OTB will be called “The Windmill”, since the hotel’s exterior has a giant windmill on its façade. Locals have referred to the… Continue reading

Brown Hoping To Add To Virginia-Bred Stellar Wind’s Appeal

The following appeared in The Daily Racing Form January 22nd and was written by Nicole Russo. Stellar Wind will compete in Saturday’s (Jan. 27) $16 Million Pegasus World Cup At Gulfstream Park.  Wagering will be available at all 3 Virginia Bets OTBs — at Ponies & Pints and Breakers Sports Grille in Richmond, and at Buckets Bar & Grill in Chesapeake. Advance betting on Gulfstream’s entire Saturday card will be available all day and evening on Friday. Virginia residents… Continue reading

Pari-Mutuel Handle In Virginia Surges Over The $100 Million Mark In 2017

Pari-mutuel handle on horse racing in the Commonwealth surged over the $100 million mark in 2017 thanks to a 5.6% increase in Advance Deposit Wagering and the addition of two new Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers.

Of the four ADW — or on line betting  — partners, TVG led the way with a handle of $37,543,768, an increase of 7.3% over 2016 figures. Twin Spires was next with $28,864,384 in handle, a 3.28% bump over the prior… Continue reading

5 Virginia-Breds Connect For Their First Career Wins; One Go All Go Nearly Wins A Grade 2 Stakes

Five Virginia-bred horses notched their first career wins this past week in a period that saw eight overall victories, while another come within a head of winning a Grade 2 stakes race. Returntasenda, Sophie’s Angel, Late Action, First Ballot and Ferdinanda all got their pictures taken for the first time.

Returntasenda kicked off the five-pack with a dominating gate-to-wire effort at Charles Town. The 4 year old Wiseman’s Ferry filly won by 7 1/2 lengths at the 4… Continue reading

Charlie Davis, Exercise Rider For Secretariat, Battling Lung Cancer

The Secretariat Team announced today that Charlie Davis, the colorful and engaging exercise rider for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer and will immediately begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments to combat it.

“Charlie is in good spirits and ready to take on this challenge,” said Leonard Lusky, spokesman for the Secretariat Team. “His family and friends have rallied around him, and we stand ready to do what we can to help.”

Davis, who… Continue reading

Stellar Wind Again Named Top Mid-Atlantic Horse

or the second time in three years, Stellar Wind has been chosen as the top horse bred in the mid-Atlantic region in the final Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll.

One year after narrowly losing out to Maryland-bred Cathryn Sophia for Top Midlantic-bred honors, Stellar Wind, a Virginia-bred, edged Mor Spirit to take the 2017 laurels.

The Mid-Atlanic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top… Continue reading

The Legacy of Visionary Breeder “Ned” Evans Is Burning Brighter Than Ever

The following piece was written by Nancy Sexton

As the ultimate American racing showpiece, the Breeders’ Cup can be relied upon to provide its share of threads for discussion.

That is especially true from the perspective of those in the bloodstock industry, who walked away from this year’s event having seen it again pay tribute to More Than Ready, the sire of two winners in Roy H (Sprint) and Rushing Fall (Juvenile Fillies’ Turf), as well as Clarkland Farm’s… Continue reading

Free $500 Handicapping Contest Set For Sat. Jan 13 at Richmond’s Breakers OTB; Contest Races Announced

$500 in cash prizes will be up for grabs in a free handicapping contest at Breakers Sports Grille on the Saturday of Martin Luther King holiday weekend — January 13th. Fans will get a chance to select a horse in 8 contest races. They will receive a mythical $2 win/place bet on each of those selections. The contestants that accumulate the five highest bankrolls will share in the $500 prize pool as follows:

1st – $250;  2nd… Continue reading

Toccet’s Charm Wins For 22nd Time In 88th Start; Sticksstatelydude Set To Compete In Oaklawn’s Opening Day Featured Stakes

Ten year old Toccet’s Charm made his 88th career start on New Years Eve and came away with his 22nd career victory and 53rd “in the money” finish.


Toccet’s Charm collected his 22nd career victory on New Years Eve with a tight win at Turf Paradise. Photo courtesy of Coady Photography.

The consistent gelding has only one finish worse than third in his last 12 starts between outings at Hastings Park, Emerald Downs and Turf Paradise.… Continue reading