Monthly Archives: June 2020

Virginia-Bred Tops Day #1 Of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale; Sells For $1.1 Million

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale saw healthy returns during its opening session on Monday, including a seven-figure sale to the connections of last year’s record-setting sale topper.

Hip 118, a Virginia-bred, sold for $1.1 million.

A colt by Uncle Mo topped the session when sold for $1,100,000 to Donato Lanni, agent for Michael Lund Petersen. Offered as Hip 118 by Pike Racing, agent, the colt worked an eighth in 10.0 during last week’s under tack… Continue reading

Scenes From The Virginia Gold Cup Races At Great Meadow June 27

The 95th running of the Virginia Gold Cup Races was held June 27 at Great Meadow without fans and without wagering. Ten races were contested and a combined $220,000 in purse monies were distributed. The event was streamed live and a full replay has been archived at the website noted above. The fall International Gold Cup is scheduled for Saturday October 24 and initial plans are to have both some spectators and pari-mutuel wagering back in place. Check for… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Recap From June 25

Colonial Downs Executive VP of Operations John Marshall and VP of Racing Operations Jill Byrne presented details of a Covid-related Extra Care program to reopen the New Kent track and Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums, along with a Mid-Atlantic strategic plan to reduce equine fatalities Thursday morning at the Virginia Racing Commission’s first meeting of 2020.

Marshall first provided insight into the upcoming thoroughbred meet in New Kent which will begin Monday July 27 and continue on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday… Continue reading

Legend Spotlight: Cooney Racing Stable

The following appeared in “Legends Spotlight” section of Equinews Nutrition & Health Daily

Pat and Susan Cooney, owners of Cooney Racing Stables in Boyce, Virginia, are a proud part of the Legends® family. Pat Cooney immigrated to the United States from Ireland in the 198os to further his career as a steeplechase jockey. Susan Cooney, originally from northern Illinois, rode show hunters throughout high school. After graduating from University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, Susan earned… Continue reading

Colonial Downs-Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums To Reopen July 1

The following appeared on the Colonial Downs – Rosie’s facebook page June 24 at 12 Noon

Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums in the state, which have OTBs on site, closed on March 16 due to Covid-19.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon! Join us for re-opening at all Rosie’s locations on Wednesday, July 1. The safety of our guests and team members are our top priority. At our properties in Richmond, New Kent and Hampton we are limiting occupancy to 1,000… Continue reading

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale Set For June 29-30

Online Bidding Registration Now Open for Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training

Fasig-Tipton will offer online bidding for the first time at its upcoming Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Online bidding registration is now open.

Those wishing to bid online should visit and establish a Fasig-Tipton online bidding account. After the user has set up an account, they must next request to “Register to Bid” for the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Once approved to bid, the user may join the… Continue reading

Strong Fields On Tap For Virginia Gold Cup Saturday, June 27

The Virginia Gold Cup will present a strong lineup of races on Saturday, with two timber champions and an Eclipse Award winner among the 117 horses remaining eligible for the 10 races at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains.

In-person attendance will be limited to necessary personnel, and the races will be livestreamed beginning at 12:15 p.m. at First post time is 12:30 p.m.

Andi’amu and Doc Cebu, timber champions who finished first and second, respectively, in the… Continue reading

Scenes From The 100th Middleburg Spring Races At Glenwood Park

The 100th running of the Middleburg Spring Races took place under sunny skies and spring temperatures at Glenwood Park Saturday June 13. 11 races were contested and $200,000 in purse monies were distributed. Outside of each horse’s essential personnel, the event was held without spectators due to Covid-19 restrictions. Video replays of all the races are available at Here are some scenes from a great day of racing.

Sunny skies and 80 degree temps on race day at Glenwood… Continue reading

Busy Summer Steeplechase Schedules at Saratoga, Colonial Downs

The following appeared at and was written by Don Clippinger. 

Steeplechase racing will be featured this summer with full lineups on tap at Saratoga Race Course and Colonial Downs.

Saratoga has scheduled nine hurdle races, and Colonial Downs will have 12 jump races during its season. Beginning in late July, the complementary programs at the two pari-mutuel tracks will provide racing opportunities for almost all hurdle divisions.

Saratoga’s program will spotlight the steeplechase sport’s stars and rising stars.… Continue reading

2020 Colonial Downs Schedule

July 23 – Opening Day of Virginia Bred Stakes Races

August 28 – Virginia Bred Stakes Race

September 1 – Derby Day at Colonial Downs