Monthly Archives: October 2018

Virginia Connections In This Weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Championships

Four horses with Virginia connections will compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd.

Catholic Boy is set to compete in the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday and a face a star studded field in his toughest test yet. He is 8-1 early and will be amongst a field of 14.

Catholic Boy wins the 2018 Travers. Photo by Joe Labozzetta/NYRA.

Catholic Boy gave his trainer Jonathan… Continue reading

Doc Cebu, Optimus Prime, Capture Co-Features Saturday At Great Meadow’s Gold Cup Card

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

Doc Cebu and jockey Hadden Frost played cat and mouse with Le Chevalier for the first three miles of Saturday’s International Gold Cup before decisively ending the game and drawing away to a 5 1/4-length victory in the National Steeplechase Association’s richest fall timber race.

The victory, worth $45,000 to last year’s timber champion, propelled the eight-year-old Hard Spun gelding into the lead for this year’s… Continue reading

Jump Ship Favored In $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship Saturday At Great Meadow

The annual International Gold Cup card is slated for Saturday October 27th at Great Meadow and for the first time ever, wagering will be available on the entire combined steeplechase/flat program via www.XpressBet.com and at the four Virginia Bets Off Track Betting Centers. Betting has been available on site at Great Meadow for a number of years now. Post time for the eight race card in The Plains, Virginia is 12 Noon.

Member’s Hill is a popular… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Boldor Wins Career Debut October 25th At Keeneland

The following appeared in the Thoroughbred Daily News October 26th. Boldor is a Virginia-bred that made his career bow October 25th at Keeneland. He was bred by Carlos Moore and Jill Moore and is trained by Steve Asmussen. Boldor is by Munnings, out of Senate Caucus by Siphon.

Boldor (Munnings) played second fiddle pari-mutuelly to fellow first-starter Super Steed (Super Saver), but the $700,000 OBS April graduate managed to hold off his better-backed rival to post a very impressive… Continue reading

Virginia-Certified Horse Follow The Dog Captures $101,000 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes

Follow The Dog because the latest Virginia Certified horse to collect multiple bonus checks courtesy of a pair of recent victories at Laurel Park. The two-year-old Maryland-bred colt connected in a $40,000 maiden special weight race September 14th, then captured the $101,000 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes this past weekend.

Prior to that first win, Follow The Dog finished second in his career bow on August 12th and again actually in that September… Continue reading

Optimus Prime Heads Ferguson Stakes Field Saturday At Great Meadow

The following piece was written by Don Clippinger and appeared at www.nationalsteeplechase.com. Wagering will be available on Saturday’s combined steeplechase and flat card at Great Meadow itself (both manned teller stations and self bet terminals available), at the four Virginia Bets OTBs and nationally via www.XpressBet.com.

Rosbrian Farm’s Optimus Prime, a Grade 1 winner and Grade 1-placed in his two American starts, heads the field for Saturday’s $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2), the featured hurdle race… Continue reading

Doc Cebu Goes For Title In International Gold Cup

The following piece was written by Don Clippinger and appeared at www.nationalsteeplechase.com. Wagering will be available on Saturday’s combined steeplechase and flat card at Great Meadow itself (both manned teller stations and self bet terminals available), at the four Virginia Bets OTBs and nationally via www.XpressBet.com.

In pursuit of consecutive timber championships, Doc Cebu will face four opponents on Saturday when he attempts a second straight victory in the $75,000 International Gold Cup, the featured timber race of the… Continue reading

Wagering On The Menu At Steeplechase Meets; Gold Cup Up Next At Great Meadow Oct. 27

The following was written by Don Clippinger and appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News. Fans can bet at the Gold Cup in The Plains, Virginia on October 27th and also at the four Virginia Bets OTBs — in Richmond, Henrico, Chesapeake and Collinsville.

While betting has not been a major component of jump racing for nearly a half-century, steeplechase meets over the next two weekends will offer a trifecta of large crowds, pari-mutuel wagering, and high-definition video coverage.

Kicking off the… Continue reading

West Virginia-Bred & Virginia Certified Burnin Ring O Fire Wins First Three Career Starts

West Virginia-bred Burnin Ring O Fire, a two-year-old Virginia Certified horse, won his third straight race this past Saturday (October 13th) in a $75,000 stakes at Charles Town. After kicking off his career with a three length win August 10th in a $40,000 maiden special weight race for Virginia-bred, sired and certified horses at Laurel, owner/breeder Ray Pennington’s gelding moved on to Charles Town where he has captured back-to-back stakes by identical one-half length margins.

Fall Full of Savings/NTRA

The NTRA has issued their October 2018 newsletter providing readers with discounts via partner programs that in turn provide a percentage of each sale back to thoroughbred racing.

 

Checkout the online version of the newsletter.