Monthly Archives: November 2018

Racing Revival Article In Richmond Magazine

Racing Revival

With Colonial Downs set to reopen in New Kent, Virginia officials hope off-site gambling will boost the equine industry


November 28, 2018

Greyvitos To Enter Return Race; May Target Grade I Malibu

The following appeared in Horse Racing Nation’s website this week. Greyvitos is a 3 year old Virginia-bred colt who has won $319,345 from six career starts. He was bred by Audley Farm Equine and is by Malibu Moon out of Snow Top Mountain by Najran.

Graded stakes winner Greyvitos could head postward again as soon as Sunday at Del Mar, trainer Adam Kitchingman said, after the 3-year-old Malibu Moon’s break from the races dating back to May.… Continue reading

Former VTA Board Member and Prominent Horsemen Bruce Smart Passes Away at 95

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Bruce Smart, a former VTA Board member and prominent horseman, who passed away over the holiday weekend. One of Mr. Smart’s greatest horse achievements was that he bought Grade I winner Flower Alley as a weanling  and later sold him to Eugene Melnyk for $165,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling sale. Flower Alley went on to win multiple graded stakes including the Grade 1, Travers at Saratoga. … Continue reading

Colonial Downs plans June 2019 opening for new gambling facility in South Richmond

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch

There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing.

They unfurled a “Coming Soon” banner outside the former big-box store off Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday to herald the expected June 2019 opening of the first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, a horse betting facility officials called a major boost to a part of the city… Continue reading

Horseshoe Hills Farm’s Stephanie Nixon Appointed To The Virginia Racing Commission

Stephanie Nixon, long time Board member of both the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Virginia Racing Commission effective November 2nd. She will replace the vacant Commissioner’s seat previously held by Dr. Charles Steger, who passed away on May 6th.

Nixon owns Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland where she has broke, owned, bred and raised horses for all of her adult life. At the age… Continue reading

Penny Chenery’s Final Resting Place Is Virginia

(Doswell, VA)  – The children of Penny Chenery – Sarah Tweedy Manning, Kate Chenery Tweedy, Christopher Tweedy and John Tweedy – have announced that their mother’s ashes were interred in Virginia on October 20.  A memorial service was held at St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, followed by a private graveside service at the Chenery family plot in Woodland Cemetery. Penny’s ashes were buried next to the graves of her father Christopher T. Chenery and her… Continue reading

Lady Olivia at Northcliff’s Accountable Captures Second Straight Old Dominion Turf Championship

Accountable wore down front running favorite Jump Ship at the head of the stretch, then went on to a 1 1/4 length triumph in the $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship October 27th at Great Meadow. The 4-year-old Cosa Vera gelding captured the same 1 1/4 mile fall Championship race a year ago in dramatic come from behind fashion.

Accountable drives for the finish in the October 27th Old Dominion Turf Championship. Photo courtesy of Douglas Lees.

Overlooked by the betting… Continue reading

Well Matched Field For Montpelier’s Noel Laing This Saturday In Virginia

A well-matched field of nine will line up for Saturday’s $40,000 Noel Laing Handicap, the featured race of the 84th annual Montpelier Hunt Races in Virginia.

The race meet on the grounds of James and Dolley Madison’s historic home will kick off with a 12:30 p.m. post time.

Ricky Hendriks, currently leading the battle for the training title, will saddle Rosbrian Farm’s Detroit Blues and Clarcam, owned by Rosbrian and Meadow Run Farm, for the 2 1/2-mile trip around Montpelier’s… Continue reading