Monthly Archives: April 2021

Times Are Changing In Steeplechase Racing; New Easyfix Fences Made Their Debut In April

A steeplechase braintrust has been working for years to noodle out a new design that keeps everything we love about jump racing (fast horses jumping fast over hurdles designed to be negotiated at speed) and eliminates everything we don’t

All hurdle races at the April 18 Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point – at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia – ran over the new Easyfix fences.

All spring meets, beginning this weekend at Queen’s Cup, will race over EasyFix hurdles except Iroquois. … Continue reading

The Kentucky Derby Is Saturday May 1; Post Position Breakdown Of The Field

The following is a newsletter that is written by John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times.  There are plenty of places in Virginia to wager the annual “Run for the Roses. Betting is available at any VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting Center in Henrico (Breakers), Chesapeake (Buckets) and Collinsville (The Windmill), at any Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond, New Kent, Vinton, Hampton and Dumfries) and online via,, and Post time for the big race is 6:57… Continue reading

Condition Book For 2021 Colonial Downs Summer Racing Season Now Available Online

Attention Horsemen — the Condition Book for the 2021 summer meet in New Kent is now available online at Colonial-Downs-2021-Condition-Book.pdf (

Hardcopy editions will be printed the week of April 26. The season will run from July 19 – September 1 with racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:45 PM.. Two steeplechase races will be contested every Monday before the pari-mutuel card begins. Details and conditions for those will be posted at

Charmn Charlie Ray holds on to… Continue reading

Virginia’s Horse Breeding and Racing Industry Produces Over $542 Million Economic Impact

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 12, 2021 – “And they’re off…” When it comes to the horse racing industry in Virginia and the economic impact it is generating, that’s an appropriate metaphor. According to a newly released study, the industry generated an estimated economic impact of $542.1 million in the Commonwealth in 2019.

“What we’re finding… Continue reading

2021 Triple Crown Series Kicks Off With The Kentucky Derby On Saturday May 1

The Kentucky Derby kicks off the Series May 1, followed by the Preakness on May 15 and the Belmont on June 5.

Leading Derby candidate Essential Quality shipped into Churchill Downs on April 5. The Kentucky-bred leads all three-year-old horses in points accumulated from early season… Continue reading