Monthly Archives: June 2018

Virginia-Bred Long On Value Up Late For Grade I Highlander Victory

The following appeared in The Paulick Report June 30th.

At seven years of age, Madaket Stable, Ten Strike Racing and Steve Laymon’s Long On Value earned his first Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s Highlander Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse. The intact son of Value Plus ran down filly Lady Alexandra to win by about a neck on the wire, completing six furlongs over the firm turf in 1:07.13. Ridden by Florent Geroux and trained by Brad Cox, Long On Value’s win… Continue reading

One Go All Go To Battle In Saturday’s Grade I United Nations Stakes At Monmouth

Virginia-bred One Go All Go, who has earned over $358,000 this year alone, will make his 8th start of 2018 in the Grade I United Nations Stakes at Monmouth on Saturday.

Virginia-bred One Go All Go wins the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (Gr. II) in 2015 at Laurel

The 6 year old Fairbanks horse seems to be improving with age. He captured the Grade 2 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes April 12th at Keeneland, and was runner-up in a trio of Grade 2… Continue reading

Million Dollar Earning Virginia-Bred Long On Value Set To Compete In Grade I Highlander Stakes On Saturday

Long On Value gallops at Woodbine

Long On Value gallops at Woodbine

Michael Burns

 

Cox Eyes Highlander Repeat With Veteran Long On Value

The 7-year-old turf contender will chase grade 1 glory June 30 at Woodbine.

The longevity of Long On Value can be attributed in part to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who guided the son of Value Plus through his transition from dirt to turf and managed 27 of his 31 starts, including victories in the 2014 Twilight Derby… Continue reading

Trainer/Owner Bonus Award Standings For 2018 Virginia-Bred/Sired Events At Laurel Park Announced

The first series of races in the 2018 Virginia-bred/sired stakes race program being held at Laurel Park are now complete, and updated trainer and owner standings for both bonus award divisions have been announced.

A maiden special weight race and the “Commonwealth Day’ card kicked the series off respectively on June 15th and 23rd. A $40,000 maiden race for fillies & mares was first, followed by a four-pack of… Continue reading

‘You’ve Got To Protect Something’: Middleburg Training Center Seems Here To Stay

The following appeared in The Paulick Report June 26th and was written by Natalie Voss.

The last year has been a major learning curve for Chuck Kuhn.

The founder of JK Moving Services in Sterling, Va. is the first one to point out he had no experience in the Thoroughbred business when he purchased the Middleburg Training Center in the heart of Virginia horse country. He hadn’t been looking to start working in it, either. Kuhn had been approached by… Continue reading

Racing Is Back: Officials Celebrate In New Kent As Northam Ceremonially Signs Bill To Help Reopen Colonial Downs

The following appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch June 23rd and was written by Graham Moomaw 

NEW KENT — During bill-signing season, Gov. Ralph Northam gets invited to lots of dog-and-pony shows. But this one had actual ponies.

After a bugler wearing a red jacket and top hat played the ceremonial first call, Northam walked out of the shuttered Colonial Downs horse racing track and signed legislation to expand horse race gambling in Virginia and clear the way for… Continue reading

Determined Vision Sees Way To $75,000 White Oak Farm Win

The following appeared in a Maryland Jockey Club Press Release on June 23rd.

D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock’s Determined Vision lived up to his name in his turf and stakes debut, leading all the way for a hard-fought half-length upset of Saturday’s $75,000 White Oak Farm Stakes at Laurel Park.

The 5 ½-furlong White Oak Farm was the last of four $75,000 stakes restricted to Virginia-bred/sired horses 3 and up over Laurel’s world-class turf course on the 11-race Commonwealth… Continue reading

Edward Evans Stakes Recap: Sticksstatelydude Bred — Sort Of — By Bud

The following appeared in The Racing Biz June 25th. 

by Nick Hahn

Sticksstatelydude, the winner of the $75,000 Edward P. Evans Stakes at Laurel Park Saturday, part of the Virginia-bred series of races, wasn’t bred by Budweiser, exactly. But it might feel that way.

Jockey Jorge Vargas, Jr. and Sticksstatelydude kicked clear at the top of the lane to win the Evans by a length after being floated out in the first turn. The 5-year-old is trained by Kiaran… Continue reading

Altamura Wins $75,000 Tyson Gilpin Stakes In A Blanket Photo Finish

Congratulations to Virginia-bred Altamura, who captured the $75,000 Tyson Gilpin Stakes at Laurel Park in a wild four horse photo finish. The stakes was the second of four on the “Commonwealth Day” program exclusively for Virginia-bred/sired horses.  

Altamura (#6) wins a tight race over a trio of close finishers in the $75,000 Tyson Gilpin Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

The 3 year old Artie Schiller filly was bred by the Chance Farm and is trained by co-owner John… Continue reading

Armoire Captures The $75,000 Nellie Mae Cox Stakes At Laurel

Armoire, who finished second a year in the Nellie Mae Cox Stakes, got to the winners circle Saturfday afternoon at Laurel Park in the 2018 edition. The $75,000 event was the first of four stakes exclusively for Virginia-bred/sired horses on Laurel’s “Commonwealth Day” card.

Armoire beat Drop Dead Red by 1 1/2 lengths in the $75,000 Nellie Mae Cox Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

Armoire was fifth at the half, but moved up entering the far… Continue reading