Yearly Archives: 2020

Horse Racing Integrity Bill Becomes Law

National Thoroughbred Racing Association release

President Trump on Sunday signed into law COVID-19 relief and government funding legislation that includes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA), historic legislation that will establish national standards to promote fairness and increase safety in Thoroughbred racing nationwide.

The legislative package also includes key tax reform, COVID-19 relief provisions and extensions of current H-2B visa amendments beneficial to the horse racing industry.

Passage of the HISA culminated a multi-year effort by many… Continue reading

Northern Virginia Will Get a Taste of Gambling When Rosie’s Opens In January

DUMFRIES — Caesar’s Palace it’s not, but for the first time Northern Virginia is getting in on the expansion of gambling that has been spreading throughout the state.

Early next month, Rosie’s Gaming is opening its latest slots parlor of sorts in the state, with a 150-machine facility in Dumfries, in southern Prince William County.

For all practical purposes, the machines play like slot machines, and casual gamblers would be hard-pressed to notice the… Continue reading

Pair of Virginia-Certified Horses Win $100,000 Stakes December 26 at Laurel

Street Lute and Miss Leslie, a pair of Virginia-Certified horses that scored tight respective stakes victories in the Gin Talking and Anne Arundel County Stakes December 26 at Laurel.

Street Lute went gate-to-wire in her seven-furlong dirt test and held off fast closing Fraudulent by a nose at the wire. The 2-year-old Street Magician filly captured her fifth overall victory this year from six starts. Previously, the Kentucky-bred won the Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware and a pair of stakes… Continue reading

Colonial Downs 2021 Race Dates Approved at Virginia Racing Commission Meeting

Now in its third season under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group, the meet will include a total of 21 race dates. The stable area and track will open for training on July 5 and will close on… Continue reading

Southern Phantom to Enter Stud in Virginia at Mountain View Equine Hospital

The 4-year-old son of Bodemeister will stand at Mountain View Equine Hospital.

Southern Phantom, the 4-year-old son of Bodemeister  who commands attention because of his predominately white head, is moving on to a career as a stallion.

Owners Danny and Allison Caldwell will stand Southern Phantom with Dr. Wynne DiGrassie at Mountain View Equine Hospital near Steeles Tavern, Va., which is 15 minutes from the… Continue reading

Bloodlines Presented By Diamond B Farm’s Rowayton: Patience Helped Largent Grow Into His Pedigree

The following appeared in bloodhorse.com and was written by  | 12.16.2020 | 11:37am

Largent entered the Pegasus World Cup picture with a come-from-behind victory in the Ft. Lauderdale

Virginia-bred Largent captured the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes December 12. Photo by Ryan Thompson.

In winning the Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Largent became the second stakes winner for his dam and the 34th graded stakes winner by leading sire Into Mischief (by… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Largent Helps Pletcher Bag Fourth Win Of Day In Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale

The following appeared in The Paulick Report December 12 and came from a Gulftstream Park press release. Fort Lauderdale Stakes winner Largent is a Virginia-bred that won the Edward P. Evans Stakes at Colonial Downs this past July and the Bert Allen Stakes at Laurel in October. With the Fort Lauderdale win, he advances to the $1 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational January 23. The 4-year-old Into Mischief gelding was bred by Lazy Lane Farms and is trained by… Continue reading

Virginia-Sired Mr. Buff an Unmistakable Presence in the Alex M. Robb

The following appeared at bloodhorse.com on 12/9/2020. Million dollar earning horse Mr. Buff is by Friend or Foe, who stands at Robin Mellen’s Smallwood Farm in Crozet. Mr. Buff is 3-for-7 this year and has earned $287,500. His stakes wins in 2020 include the Empire Classic Handicap at Belmont, and the Haynesfield and Jazil, both at Aqueduct. In 41 career starts, he has 15 wins and earnings of $1,220,786.   

Provided he does well in the coming days, Mr.… Continue reading

Sir Rockport, American Dubai Add More Wins To Their Impressive Resumes

Virginia-bred Sir Rockport made it 6-for-12 in 2020 on December 4 when the 8-year-old Rockport Harbor gelding finished a nose better than Calculated Thinking and two others in a three-horse photo at Penn National.

Sir Rockport (between horses) is a nose better in a three horse photo December 4 at Penn National. Photo courtesy of B&D Photography.

With the close win, Sir Rockport earned his 35th “top three” career finish, and his earnings increased to $325,806. From 68 starts, he… Continue reading

Online Betting Handle in Virginia Continues to Thrive as 2021 Nears

Online betting handle on horse racing continues to flourish in Virginia as handle figures through the first 11 months of 2020 were announced this week. The overall handle through November was $126,669,820 compared with $81,215,279 in 2019, a 55.97% increase.

Top handle producer of the four Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies licensed in Virginia was TVG, whose $66,274,640 handle represents a 70.94% gain over last year. In November alone, they accepted $5,470,846 in wagers and for the year, TVG is… Continue reading