Monthly Archives: August 2020

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Old Dominion & Blue Ridge Point-to-Points Scheduled For Sept. 12, 19

OLD DOMINION HOUNDS  –POINT TO POINT – Saturday, September 12, 2020  – Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia – First Race – 12:00 pm 

First Race –  AMATEUR/NOVICE RIDER HURDLE  – About 2 miles. For Four-Year-Olds and Up. Pageland Series Conditions. 160 lbs.  Maidens allowed 10 lbs. For each series win by the horse, 3 lbs. extra up to 6 lbs. over… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Attachment Rate Is Qualified for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby

With a runner-up finish in the recent Ellis Park Derby, Virginia-bred Attachment Rate became eligible for the September 5 Kentucky Derby. The Dale Romans trainee was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Iselin III. In 2020, the Hard Spun colt has earned $142,925 in purse monies. Photos are courtesy of Coady Photography and show Attachment Rate on the Churchill Downs track August 27.   

So far, a victory at the stakes level has proven elusive for Attachment Rate. But… Continue reading

Maryland Jockey Trevor McCarthy Recovered From Coronavirus, Returns To Saddle Thursday

The following appeared in The Paulick Report on August 26. Trevor McCarthy was the leading rider at the Colonial Downs summer meet which ended prematurely due to Covid-related circumstances.

Trevor McCarthy has endured his share of job-related injuries over the course of a 10-year riding career that has seen him win more than 1,500 races, four overall Maryland championships and 12 individual meet titles.

His latest setback came courtesy of a bout with coronavirus amid the ongoing pandemic that paused… Continue reading

Two Middleburg Training Center Grads Reach the Winners Circle at Colonial Downs

The Colonial Downs thoroughbred race meet may have ended prematurely on August 10 due to Covid-related issues, but it was great to see a couple two-year-old colts who were raised and broken at the newly renovated Middleburg Training Center reach the winners circle in New Kent.

Congratulations to Guillaume and Palio — both owned by David Ross — who spent their Virginia residency periods at Ballyerin Racing at Middleburg. These race photos of the pair are courtesy of by… Continue reading

Virginia’s Online Betting Handle On Horse Racing Is Up 42%

For the third straight month, handle generated from four online partner betting providers — TVG, Xpressbet, Twinspires and NYRABets — reached eight-digit territory. July’s $15,378,223 was a touch below June’s $15,624,034 figure, but ahead of the $14,651,615 wagered in May. Since January, when $7,053,900 was bet via the four, handle has increased each month.

Simulcast horse racing became available again to watch and wager at Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums on July 1.

Through June, online betting handle was up 32% compared… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Cancels Remainder of Its 2020 Meeting


Colonial Downs Group places the health and safety of our team, partners and visitors as our top priority. We established thorough protocols prior to the 2020 racing season to address any issues that may arise from the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of recent test results at the track in New Kent County, and in an abundance of caution, Colonial Downs is cancelling the remainder of its 2020 meet. In making our decision, we collaborated with the Virginia Department… Continue reading

2020 VTA Yearling Futurity, September 9, 2020, 9 am – 1 pm, Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia

Dear VA-Bred, VA-Sired & VA-Certified Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners,

It is time to gussy up your Virginia-Bred, Virginia-Sired or Virginia-Certified yearlings for a chance to win big at the Nineteenth Annual $27,500 Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity!  This event will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia.


  • Rules and Procedures: Please review the Rules and Procedures Information sheet for details about eligibility, participation fees… Continue reading

2020 VTA Yearling Futurity, September 9, 2020, 9 am – 1 pm, Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia

The Nineteenth Annual $27,500 Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia.


Virginia Horse Racing Economic Impact Study To Be Conducted

Attention Virginia horse and farm/training center owners: The Virginia Equine Alliance has contracted with Chmura Economics & Analytics to put together an economic impact study on horse racing in the Commonwealth. The findings will provide valuable data that can be utilized in many ways including future legislative initiatives.
Virginia owners will be contacted by Chmura via e-mail and phone beginning this week to learn more about each farm’s operation. It is important that every person contacted take a few minutes… Continue reading