Monthly Archives: November 2020

Finite Proves Best In Chilukki; May Head West Next For La Brea

The following appeared in The Paulick Report. VTA Executive Director Debbie Easter is a co-owner of 3-year-old Munnings filly, Finite, who captured a nice Grade 3 stakes win November 21 at Churchill Downs. With the win, Finite’s bankroll stands at $757,869 from 11 career starts. Easter is one-fourth owner of the filly. 

Favored Finite closed into a swift pace, moved into contention around the turn and ran down Sanenus (CHI) near the top of… Continue reading

Rosie’s Gaming In Dumfries Eyes January Opening

The following appeared in the Prince William Times on 11/17/2020 and was written by Jill Palermo.

Work has begun at the Triangle Shopping Center on the new Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, which is now slated to open in early January, according to its parent company the Colonial Downs Group.

The company is holding a hiring fair today, Tuesday, Nov. 17, and plans to hire more than 100 new employees for the Dumfries site.

The company offers a minimum wage of… Continue reading

Online Betting Handle in Virginia Continues to Surge

Online betting handle on horse racing continues to flourish in Virginia as handle figures through the first ten months of 2020 were announced this week. The overall handle through October was $116,030,184 compared with $74,076,781 in 2020, good for an astonishing 56.64% increase.

Top handle producer of the four Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies licensed in Virginia was TVG, whose $60,803,794 handle represents a 71.28% gain over last year. In October alone, they accepted $5,796,648 in bets and for the… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Kenny Had a Notion Trying Open Company In James F. Lewis III Stakes

The following appeared in The Paulick Report and was taken from a MJC press release. 

Louis Ulman and Neil Glasser’s Kenny Had a Notion, having won back-to-back stakes on different surfaces against restricted company, gets his biggest test to date in an attempt to extend his streak to three straight in Saturday’s $100,000 James F. Lewis III at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md.

The ninth running of the Lewis for 2-year-olds co-headlines a nine-race program with the 24th renewal… Continue reading

Mid-Atlantic Sees Significant Drop In Racing Fatalities Following Reforms

The following appeared in The Paulick Report November 11 and was provided by Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association
COVID-19 forced Thoroughbred racing into what was for most a two-month hiatus, but the stakeholders in the Mid Atlantic turned the down time into an opportunity to focus on its Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities.

Regulators, racetracks, horsemen’s and breeders’ groups representing all seven states in the region – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia –… Continue reading

Virginia Horse Racing Economic Impact Study Heads Into Its Final Two Weeks

A big thank you to all the Virginia horse and farm/training center owners who have completed the recent online economic impact survey — the response so far has been great and will go a long way towards providing the most accurate data possible about the horse racing industry in the Commonwealth.
The project, which is being conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics on behalf of the Virginia Equine Alliance, is heading into its final two weeks. Industry stakeholders who have… Continue reading

Virginia’s David Ross Seeks First Breeders’ Cup Win with Extravagant Kid

When Extravagant Kid breaks out of the starting gate in the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland this Saturday, it will be the second “Cup” start ever for David Ross, a Virginia businessman and Colonial Downs’ leading all time owner.
To date, Ross’s 7-year-old Kiss the Kid gelding has 14 wins from 45 career starts and lifetime earnings of $902,210. The Florida-bred has won six stakes including the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes this past January at Gulfstream… Continue reading

Colonial Downs’ Jill Byrne To Host Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards on Breeders’ Cup Week

Colonial Downs’ VP of Racing Operations Jill Byrne will host the prestigious Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), held virtually this year, on Thursday November 5 at 12 Noon.

Now in its fifth year in the U.S., the ceremony recognizes and rewards outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of the farm and racing stable staff who are at the heart of the sport. Seven different categories are dedicated to acknowledging workers behind the scenes that tend to the horses and others in… Continue reading