Monthly Archives: March 2019

$6,000 In Starter Awards Given Out At Warrenton Hunt Point-To-Point Races

The spring Point-to-Point season got under way March 16th at the Airlie Resort, which played host to the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point Races on a delightful spring afternoon.

Ten races were contested including a side saddle race and a Virginia-bred or sired flat event. It also marked the debut of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s “Point-to-Points Pay” starter reward bonus program.

Orchestra Leader, Storm Team and Special Skills jump successfully in the Open Hurdle race March 16th at the Warrenton Hunt. Photo… Continue reading

Secretariat Heritage Center Launched At Meadow Event Park

Secretariat Heritage Center Launched to Establish Secretariat’s Birthplace as National Tourism Destination

The Secretariat Heritage Center, a new 501c3 organization, has been formed to celebrate the legacy of Secretariat and Meadow Stable at The Meadow Event Park. The non-profit has plans to elevate the current Secretariat tour program and its existing historic assets to a national heritage tourism destination and educational center.

Secretariat, acclaimed as the greatest race horse in America’s history, was born at The Meadow in Caroline County… Continue reading

Listen to Steve Byk’s Interview with Colonial Down’s John Marshall and Jill Bryne

Steve Byk caught up with Colonial Down’s Executive Vice-President John Marshall and Vice-President of acing Jill Bryne while they were at the National HBPA convention in Tampa last week. Click on the podcast below to hear the latest updates on Colonial Downs.

Colonial Downs To Feature Jump Racing During 2019 Summer Meet

The remodeled and reinvigorated Colonial Downs will open its 15-date meet on Thursday, Aug. 8, and will race on a three-day-a-week schedule through Saturday, Sept. 7. Racing will be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with the exception of Labor Day week, when the schedule will be Monday (Labor Day), Friday, and Saturday.

Steeplechase racing, a longtime Virginia tradition, will be a regular feature at Colonial Downs when the New Kent County track presents its inaugural meet under new ownership and… Continue reading

Another Colonial Downs-Backed Rosie’s Gaming Site Proposed For Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — 120 new jobs and millions in tax revenues for Chesapeake, those are the numbers expected for a new Rosie’s gaming establishment proposed in the city, one of several in the works to support the return of the Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County.

The site is located at Battlefield Blvd and I-64. It’s easy to get to and easy to leave.

The potential Chesapeake site follows a Hampton groundbreaking on February 11 for another of… Continue reading

Off To The Races Radio Show Back On The Air Every Saturday In Richmond And On Line

After a one-week hiatus, Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returned to the airwaves on Saturday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m.

The show featured newly minted Virginia Racing Commissioner Stephanie Nixon, a long time trainer at Colonial Downs, to discuss the most recent developments in the Commonwealth. Also participating in the program was Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland Jockey Club He discussed the future of Maryland racing and… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Names Industry Veteran Allison De Luca As Racing Secretary

The following appeared in The Paulick Report March 4th.

The Colonial Downs Group today announced that it has tapped Allison De Luca to serve as racing secretary. De Luca comes to Colonial Downs Group from Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla., where she has served as racing secretary since 2006. A graduate of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, De Luca has been involved in the horse racing industry in official capacities at racing jurisdictions in… Continue reading

25 Virginia Certified Horses Collect Bonus Earning Wins In January/February

A total of 25 Virginia-Certified horses provided their respective owners with a 25% bonus from victories in January and February!

Sip of Sunshine earned a Certified bonus win for Marla Salzman at Laurel February 24th. Photo by Jim McCue.

Horses who complete a six month residency at a Virginia farm prior to December 31st of its two-year-old year are eligible for the bonus when they win in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ten of those 25 wins came at Laurel including Sip… Continue reading

Breakers OTB In Richmond To Host $1,000 Handicapping Contest Saturday March 9th

This Saturday, March 9th, is the biggest race day of 2019 so far! Horseplayers will be treated to four major Derby prep races along with a pair of Grade I stakes — the Santa Anita Handicap and Frank Kilroe Mile.

To top it off, the Off Track Betting Center at Breakers Sports Grille in Richmond will play host to a free handicapping contest with $1,000 in cash prizes! To participate, just stop by Breakers between 11 AM – 3 PM… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Bargain Has Hopes For Triple Crown Trail This Year

The following piece appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News March 2nd and was written by Bill Finley.  Soldado is a three-year-old Verrazano colt that was bred by Jim Fitzgerald & Katie Fitzgerald. The Virginia-bred collected a maiden special weight victory at Gulfstream February 2nd in his first lifetime start, then came back with a third there March 2nd in an allowance optional claimer  (after being bumped twice early in the race).

By Bill Finley

When Soldado (Verrazano) goes to… Continue reading