Monthly Archives: May 2018

Virginia Betting Handle At OTBs and On-Line Continues To Trend Upwards In April

Betting handle on horse racing in Virginia continued to trend up through the first four months of 2018 when compared to 2017. Total handle, which includes monies wagered at four in-state off Track Betting (OTB) Centers and four Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) providers, was $36,105,169 through April this year versus $31,078,917 a year ago. In 2016, before any of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s (VEA) OTBs opened, that four month handle figure was… Continue reading

More Than Ready Colt Hammers For $750,000 At Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

The following appeared in The Paulick Report May 22nd. Kaleem Shaw of Northern Virginia made the day’s biggest purchase of a 2 year old More Than Ready colt.

Numbers at the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale remained relatively steady Monday with the 2017 auction’s first day. Total sales of $12,066,000 were up 4.5 percent over last year’s opener, while average of $70,151 was down 1.5 percent. The median of $36,000declined by 10 percent.

The RNA rate for… Continue reading

Health Alert From Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center

On May 16, 2018, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in one horse at a sport horse farm in Fauquier County northern Virginia.

The horse first showed mild neurologic signs on May 10 and was directly admitted into the isolation unit at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center on May 16, 2018. The EMC is not under quarantine and is operating normally. The farm in Fauquier County is… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred & Virginia Raised/Owned Horses To Compete In Saturday’s Grade I Man O’War Stakes

It may be the bye week between the Derby and Preakness, but it doesn’t look like it based on Belmont’s card this Saturday. They have a stakes filled program highlighted by the $700,000 Man o’ War Stakes (Gr. I), which features Virginia-bred One Go All Go and Virginia-raised/owned Sadler’s Joy.  It is the 11th on Belmont’s card and will go off at 6:50 PM. Bet the action at a Virginia Bets OTB in Richmond, Henrico, Chesapeake … Continue reading

Virginia Rules At Virginia Gold Cup

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

Virginia ruled at Saturday’s 93rd edition of the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup when Virginia-bred Zanclus led from the early stages of the four-mile timber classic and won by 3 3/4 lengths for his Virginia owner-breeder and Virginia-based trainer with Virginia resident Kieran Norris in the saddle.

Just for good measure, Virginia-owned Personal Start surged to victory in the afternoon’s featured hurdle race, the $75,000 David… Continue reading