Monthly Archives: February 2021

Four 2018 Virginia Yearling Futurity Participants Share $5,000 In Bonus Awards

Congratulations to four Virginia-bred/certified horses that competed in the 2018 Yearling Futurity, who will share a $5,000 bonus pool based on career earnings they accumulated through their recently completed 3-year-old racing campaigns. The top earners in bonus winning order were Patriotic Punch ($3,000), Appraised ($1,000), Lady Fox ($700) and Beach Traffic ($300).

Virginia-Certified Patriotic Punch (#7) won a thriller at Pimlico September 25. Photo by Jim McCue.

Maryland-bred Patriotic Punch, bred by Charles Reed and Michael Zanella, bankrolled $125,969 from… Continue reading

Aging Gracefully: Life In 2021 For The Last Three Known Secretariats

When the calendar turned the page to 2021 on January 1, all Thoroughbreds officially became one year older. That means that Ball Chairman and Border Run are now 33 years old, while Trusted Company is 32. Why is this important, other than the fact that they are all of advanced age, a blessing for any horse? Because they are the last three known living offspring of Secretariat, a… Continue reading

January 2021 Online Betting Handle In Virginia Up 51% Over Prior January’s

Kentucky Derby Day is slated for May 1 at Churchill Downs.

Of the four partner online outlets, TVG handled the most with $5,781,154, a 53% increase over last year’s $3,780,183. Their daily average was $186,488.… Continue reading

Urban One Teams With Colonial Downs Owner On $517 Million Casino Resort In Richmond

The following appeared at richmond.com on February 21 and was written by Michael Martz.

A Black-owned Washington media company is teaming with the owner of a potential rival to propose a $517 million casino resort and live music theater in South Richmond on property now owned by Philip Morris USA, one of the city’s biggest employers.

Urban One, owner of four radio stations targeting predominantly Black audiences in Richmond, will announce on Tuesday that it is partnering with Peninsula Pacific… Continue reading

Virginia-Certified Street Lute Captures Wide Country Stakes — Her Fifth Straight Stakes Win

Congratulations to Virginia-Certified Street Lute, who won Saturday’s $100,000 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel. The daughter of Street Magician has won these other stakes at Laurel since mid-November: the Xtra Heat, Gin Talking, Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship and Smart Halo. She spent her six month Virginia residency at Diana McClure’s DMC Carousel Stable in Berryville. Street Lute is trained by John Robb and owned by Lucky 7 Stables. Photos below courtesy of Jim McCue.

The following appeared in drf.com and… Continue reading

Virginia Gold Cup Moved To May 29, Will Allow Limited Spectators

The following appeared in The Paulick Report February 18.

Every May, on the same date as the Kentucky Derby, one of the nation’s largest steeplechase events takes place in Northern Virginia. As an event that has been run on the first Saturday in May for the past 95 years, the Virginia Gold Cup is considered to be Virginia’s answer to the Kentucky Derby. This year that date will change to May 29.

Last year, the event moved to June 27… Continue reading

Rosie’s Resort Casino Proposed To Open In Dumfries In 2023

The following appeared at potomaclocal.com February 15 and was written by Uriah Kiser

Rosie’s is thinking bigger. Much bigger.

Rosies Gaming Emporium, a 19,000-square-foot gaming center opened on January 8 with 95 video slots in the Triangle Shopping Center in Dumfries, proposes building a massive $389 million casino resort on the grounds of Potomac Landfill, a debris junkyard on the edge of town.

“The Rose” would be a first for Virginia and include 50,000 square feet of gaming space, a… Continue reading

David Ross’s Extravagant Kid Seeks To Become Racing’s Newest Millionaire on Saturday

The following article appeared at Horseracingnation.com. Extravagant Kid, owned by Virginia businessman David Ross — who is President of the Virginia HBPA — will become a million dollar earner with a first or second place finish in Saturday’s (Feb. 13) Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds.  

Extravagant Kid will look to become racing’s newest millionaire when he makes his Fair Grounds debut in an extremely tough renewal of the $100,000 Colonel Power. Run at 5 1/2 furlongs… Continue reading

Grey Swallow, Hollywood Handsome To Stand At Willow Hill Equestrian In Virginia

by  | 02.08.2021 | 1:40pm

Hollywood Handsome scores an allowance win at Churchill Downs

Willow Hill Equestrian in Orange, Va. will add two new members to its stallion roster in 2021, in veteran Grey Swallow and newcomer Hollywood Handsome.

Grey Swallow, the winner of the 2004 Irish Derby, will stand the upcoming breeding season for an advertised fee of $3,000.

The 20-year-old son of Daylami previously stood at Calumet Farm in Kentucky. Before that, he stood… Continue reading

Selected Virginia Stallion Season Auction Offerings To Benefit Kentucky HHR Lobbying Efforts

The following appeared in The Paulick Report February 5 and was written by Joe Nevills.

The developing situation regarding the status of historical horse racing (HHR) in Kentucky has created an “all hands on deck” scenario within the state’s racing industry to ensure the crucial revenue source remains in place.

That call has been heard outside the state as well. The Virginia Thoroughbred Association will feature a group of offerings during its upcoming stallion season auction where the… Continue reading