Monthly Archives: September 2018

Foiled Again, the Richest Horse In Harness Racing History, Is Set To Compete Saturday At Shenandoah Downs

Foiled Again, the Richest Horse In Harness Racing History, Is Set To Compete In a $10,000 Aged Invitational Pace Saturday At Shenandoah Downs

(WOODSTOCK, VA) —  Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, will head to Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley this Saturday September 29th in search of victory number 104. The 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding is the early 4-5 favorite in the fourth race, a $10,000 Aged Invitational Pace at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock.

14-year-old Foiled… Continue reading

Altamura, Elusive Mischief, River Deep & Paulita Score Virginia-Bred Stakes Wins On Commonwealth Day Card

The following is a press release from the Maryland Jockey Club and is a recap of the Commonwealth Day series of Virginia-bred/sired stakes on Sunday September 23rd.

LAUREL, MD – Lothenbach Stables’ Elusive Mischief paid immediate dividends for his new connections by splashing to a decisive 5 ¼-length victory in the $75,000 Punch Line Stakes Sunday at Laurel Park.

The 5 ½-furlong Punch Line for 3-year-olds and up was among four stakes for Virginia-bred/sired horses worth $300,000 in purses on… Continue reading

Richmond City Council Approves Gambling Hub At Old Kmart On Midlothian Turnpike

The following appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch September 25th an was written by Mark Robinson

Chicago-based company’s bid to bring off-track betting to South Richmond cleared its final hurdle at the local level Monday.

The Richmond City Council approved a resolution expressing its support for the new operator of Colonial Downs to convert an old Kmart on Midlothian Turnpike into a gambling hub with hundreds of historical horse-racing machines. The proposal faced no pushback from council members, and little… Continue reading

Altamura Has Sights Set On Stakes Sweep In Sunday’s $75,000 Oakley Stakes

The following is a press release from the Maryland Jockey Club

LAUREL, MD – Susan Moulton’s Altamura, having already captured the first two legs in Laurel Park’s series for Virginia-bred/sired horses, looks to make it a clean sweep while extending her win streak to four in Sunday’s $75,000 Oakley Stakes.

Carded as Race 4, the 5 ½-furlong Oakley for fillies and mares 3 and up is the first of four $75,000 turf stakes for Virginia-bred/sired horses on a 12-race Commonwealth… Continue reading

Nominations Sere Set For Commonwealth Day Stakes Card At Laurel Sunday Sept. 23rd

The next round of $75,000 Virginia-bred stakes races is this Sunday, September 23rd, at Laurel Park. Nominations are in as follows: Oakley (18), Jamestown (27), Punch Line (18), Bert Allen (24) and Brookmeade (14). 2017 Bert Allen Stakes winner Special Envoy has nominated again. The 7 year old Stroll gelding was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone and enters Sunday’s stakes with a bankroll of $304,500. Last year, Special Envoy also captured the Hansel and Edward Evans Stakes (shown… Continue reading

MATCH Winner Page McKenney Inducted Into Parx Hall of Fame

The following appeared in the Paulick Report on September 19th.

Pennsylvania-bred Page McKenney had already accomplished quite a bit before his 2018 campaign ended prematurely with retirement in August, but he left the racetrack with additional recognition: a MATCH Series division title and induction into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame.

Page McKenney, owned by Adam Staple and Jalin Stable and trained by Mary Eppler, won the MATCH Series 3-Year-Olds and Up Long—Dirt Division and on Sept. 15 was among… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Aiming For March 2019 Opening Of “Rosie’s Gaming Emporium”

The following piece appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch and was written by Graham Moomaw.

The new owners of Colonial Downs are hoping to open their casino-like gambling facility in New Kent County in March, with live horse racing expected to return in the fall of 2019.

Since buying the closed track in April, Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing and its partners have been building a management team and fixing up a track that had sat idle since 2014.

On Wednesday, company… Continue reading

Breeders Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s Jump Start Colt Takes Top Honors At $27,500 Yearling Futurity August 29th

Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s dark bay colt out of Blazeaway  captured Grand Champion honors at the $27,500 Virginia Breeders’ Yearling Futurity, held at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds August 29th.  He also won top honors in the Virginia-bred or sired Colt & Gelding division. The event featured competitions in both the Virginia-Bred/Sired Colt & Gelding and Filly classes, in addition to the new Certified class as well. A breakfast kicked of… Continue reading

Breakers Off Track Betting Center In Richmond Will Be Closed On Tuesday September 4th

Attention horseplayers — due to extreme heat inside Breakers OTB in Richmond’s west end, betting will not be available on Tuesday September 4th.

Free pre-printed programs are available at Breakers Sports Grille every Wednesday.

The air conditioning unit that services the OTB portion of Breakers went out late last week and it is being replaced early this week.

The Ponies & Pints OTB has beverage specials daily from 11 AM – 7 PM and food specials many nights including a… Continue reading

Fauquier High Alums Win Huge Races At Saratoga

The following appeared in The Fauquier Times and was written by Betsy Burke Parker

Two Fauquier High graduates broke through big at the Saratoga Racecourse in New York last weekend.

Upperville native Jonathan Thomas saddled Catholic Boy to win the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes, and Marshall native Chuck Lawrence sent out Glorious Empire to win the $1 million Grade 1 Sword Dancer turf stake.

“We’re just so proud of the horse and what he’s accomplished,” said Thomas,… Continue reading