Monthly Archives: January 2021

Virginia-Bred Stakes Winner Largent Is Second Favorite in Saturday’s $1 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf

Virginia-bred Largent, winner of the Edward P. Evans stakes last summer at Colonial Downs, will compete in Saturday’s (January 23) prestigious Grade I, Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes, which has a purse of $1 Million. The stakes will be held on the same card as the $3 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and five additional graded stakes at Miami’s Gulfstream Park.

Largent (#1) en route to a tight victory in the Bert Allen Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

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Central Virginia Horse Farms Continue to Thrive In Cold Weather Months

Here are pictures from a recent tour of thoroughbred horse farms in Central Virginia while checking on horses in the VTA’s lucrative Certified Residency program. Meet the farm owners below and check out their surroundings. This trip was made on a recent January day, probably the coldest of the season so far. The farms are located in Free Union (Ruxton Farm), Charlottesville (Big Lick Farm), Crozet (Braeburn Training Center), Somerset, New Canton (Southwoods Farm) and Palmyra (Byrd Hill Farm). A… Continue reading

‘Favorable Setup’ Allows Virginia-Bred Bella Aurora To Prevail In Aqueduct’s Interborough Stakes

by  | 01.18.2021 | 5:06pm

Congratulations to Virginia-Bred Bella Aurora, who won the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct on January 18 after being sent off at odds of 37-1! The 4-year-old Carpe Diem filly was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm and got her second stakes victory — she previously won the 2019 Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel. Overall, she has earnings of $223,140 from 12  career starts and four wins. The following recap appeared in… Continue reading

Virginia-Certified Street Lute, Virginia-Bred Kenny Had a Notion, Both Win Laurel Stakes

Congratulations to Virginia-Certified Street Lute and Virginia-Bred Kenny Had a Notion, who both had $100,000 stakes wins at Laurel on January 16! The former collected her 6th win from 7 career starts — and 4th stakes win in a row — while the latter earned his 4th win from 7 starts. Three-year-old Street Lute, whose Virginia residency was spent at at Diana McClure’s DMC Carousel Racing Stable in Berryville, increased her bankroll to $350,000 by winning the Xtra Heat Stakes.… Continue reading

UPDATE: 2021 Virginia Gold Cup – May 29, 2021

UPDATE: 2021 Virginia Gold Cup
 May 29, 2021

2021 Virginia Gold Cup Moved to May 29; Will Allow Spectators

2021 Colonial Downs Racing Season – July-September, 2021

Click below for the a schedule of 2021 Stakes:
2021 Colonial Downs Stakes Schedule

2021 Colonial Downs Racing Season
July 19 – September 1, 2021
Colonial Downs Racetrack, New Kent, Virginia

2021 Yearling Futurity – September 1, 2021 (tentative)

2021 VTA Yearling Futurity (tentative)
September 7, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Warrenton Horse Shows Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia

2020 Online Betting Handle On Horse Racing In Virginia Rose 56% Over Prior Year

Handle figures from Virginia’s four partner Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies — TVG, Xpressbet, Twinspires and NYRABets — began to grow markedly in early spring then continued to surge throughout the rest of the year as more tracks came on board.… Continue reading

2021 Warrenton Horse Show – September 1-5, 2021

2021 Warrenton Horse Show
September 1-5, 2021
Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warenton, Virginia

2020 Virginia Breeders Fund Awards Pay 40% For Wins at Tracks in North America

Virginia-bred Largent’s three stakes and two allowance wins in 2020 triggered an $81,738 Virginia Breeders Fund bonus award for Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, tops among any horse and breeding farm in the Commonwealth. Virginia Breeders awards took a big step forward in 2020, averaging 40% of each winning purse at tracks across North America compared with 22% in 2019.

“I’m extremely excited that the Virginia breeders are starting to reap the rewards from the growing revenue streams we have… Continue reading