Monthly Archives: February 2018

New Off Track Betting Center Set To Open In Collinsville Saturday March 3rd


The Windmill OTB Sports Grill is inside the Dutch Inn in Collinsville. The facility went through a complete renovation and will open March 3rd.

The Virginia Equine Alliance’s fourth Off Track Betting (OTB) Center will open Saturday March 3rd — in Collinsville, Virginia. That town is located just outside of Martinsville and is less than an hour’s drive from Roanoke, Virginia and Greensboro, North Carolina.


The 3400 square foot facility is… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Greyvitos Still In The Derby Chase

Graded Stakes Winner Greyvitos Returns to Work Tab

Son of Malibu Moon had bone chip removed after Remington Mile triumph.

The door hasn’t closed on Greyvitos‘ classic hopes just yet.

The graded stakes-winning son of Malibu Moon  returned to the work tab Feb. 26 for the first time since undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip in a knee, covering three furlongs in :37 1/5 for trainer Adam Kitchingman… Continue reading

Richmond OTBs To Offer Free Race Programs During March Madness

The Virginia Equine Alliance’s two Off Track Betting Centers in Richmond will celebrate their own version of “March Madness” with a special free program promotion in the month of March.

The OTBs at Breakers Sports Grille (in the west end) and Ponies & Pints (downtown) will participate on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively. Customers at Breakers will receive free track past performance programs from Gulfstream, Tampa Bay Downs, Turf Paradise and Dover Downs every Wednesday … Continue reading

Virginia Lawmakers Warm Up To New Betting Machines

The following is an Associated Press article.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers may permit new betting machines at a once-popular horse racetrack after years of batting down pro-gambling measures.

The General Assembly is advancing legislation to allow historical race terminals at Colonial Downs, a recently shuttered horse track about 30 miles outside of Richmond. The legislation would allow for machines that let people bet on past horse races without knowing which horse they are betting on.

Gambling-related legislation has… Continue reading

Jockey Club Releases 2018 Fact Book

The Jockey Club announced today that the 2018 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website. You can find it here.

The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. It also features a directory of Canadian, international, national, and state organizations.

Links to the Breeding Statistics report that is released by The Jockey Club each September and the Report of Mares… Continue reading

Secretariat Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 23-25 At The Meadow

MARCH 23-25
Event will also pay tribute to Penny Chenery and Charlie Davis

The 45th anniversary of Secretariat’s historic Triple Crown will be the central theme of the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow Event Park March 23-25. Of the 12 horses to win the Triple Crown since its inception in 1919, only Virginia-born Secretariat broke all three track… Continue reading

Longtime Breeder and Former VTA Board Member, Pat Schuler, Passes Away

Patricia Schuler, 82, of Keswick, passed away on February 19, 2018.

Patricia was born on July 29, 1935, in Portland, Maine, to the late Robert W. Reilly and Allene Sacco Reilly. She attended Holy Names Academy and St Rose College in Albany, NY. Pat’s love and passion for animals led her to serve as vice president of the Derry N.H. S.P.C.A and later held a position as a board member with the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (V.T.A). Pat was instrumental in… Continue reading

2018 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Equine Session Announced

2018 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Equine Session Announced

The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, the region’s premier animal nutrition conference, will be held April 4-5, 2018 at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley in Hunt Valley, MD.  Two days of expert speakers have been lined up with the Equine Session held on the second day featuring seminars devoted to equine feed ingredients and discussion of natural or organic feed components.  Veterinarians, students, horse trainers, horse breeders, and horse owners… Continue reading

Yearling Futurity Bonuses Announced For Top Racetrack Money Earners

Virginia-bred horses that competed in the 2015 Yearling Futurity will share a bonus pool of $5,000 based on career earnings they accumulated through their recently completed three-year-old racing campaigns. The top earners in order were Speed Gracer ($3,000), Limehouse Louie ($1,000), Scarlett’s Ransom ($700) and Fly E Dubai ($300).

Speed Gracer wins a maiden special weight race at Laurel in October, 2016. Photo by Jim McCue.

Speed Gracer, bred and owned … Continue reading

Four Virginia-Breds Score Recent Wins At Charles Town; Stormin Margaret Makes Successful 70th Career Start

Four Virginia-bred horses recently reached the winner’s circle at Charles Town including a consistent mare that was making her 70th career start.

Storming Margaret, an 8 year old Here’s Zealous mare, made her 70th start quite memorable in kicking off the month. She came four wide from fourth in the final turn of her $10,000 claiming race to nip Mrs. Sport by a neck at the wire and record her 12th victory. Bred by Rodger Smith,… Continue reading