Monthly Archives: March 2022

Thoroughbred Makeover Diary: Forming a Special Bond with Fin in Wytheville, VA

AFTERCAREMarch 28th, 2022BYLeigh Beamer MollerThe author with her OTTB Fin as they begin training for the Thoroughbred Makeover in October. (Courtesy of Leigh Beamer Moller)

It’s a 20-hour round-trip journey from Wytheville, Va., to Troy, N.Y. As it turns out, that’s also the perfect amount of time to impulse purchase a horse. 

I have a rather unfortunate track record of my personal horses becoming unsound (pasture accidents, navicular, etc.) and had recently come to terms with… Continue reading

Virginia Gold Cup, DC’s Premier Spring Event, Returns on May 7

Horse racing, spring fashions and Virginia hospitality highlight D.C.’s premier spring event

THE PLAINS, Va., March 24, 2022 – One of the nation’s oldest and largest steeplechase events celebrates its 97th anniversary this year on Saturday, May 7, at Great Meadow in The Plains. Last year, the event was held with a limited number of spectators. This year, tailgate packages and hospitality tents are available.

As one of the Washington, D.C. region’s largest and oldest outdoor events, more than… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Upstart Filly Runs To The Money, Earns ‘Rising Star’ Honors

Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2:32 pm | Back to: Top News

Green Up | Ryan Thompson

The following piece appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News and was written by Alan Carasso. Green Up is a Virginia-bred filly that was bred by Robin Richards.

Sent off a mortal lock at odds of 2-5, Team Valor International’s Green Up (Upstart) improved off a big-figure debut second for previous connections and galloped her six overmatched rivals into the ground, earning ‘TDN Rising Star’… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Increases Racing Season in 2022 to 27 Days; “More Racing, More Fun!” – Tickets on Sale Now

General Admission is Free

Live racing returns to Colonial Downs Racetrack® in New Kent County on July 11 through September 7. Premium tickets are now on sale while general admission and parking are free.

Top thoroughbred horses from around the country will run every Monday, Tuesday,
and Wednesday with post time at 1:45 pm. Premium tickets, full racing schedule and information are available at

75% of Colonial’s races are held over the Secretariat Turf Course (Coady Photography).

Colonial Downs… Continue reading

2022 Virginia Racing

Click on the race name to access more information.

3/5 – Rappahannock Point-to-Point, Boston

3/19 – Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point, Warrenton 

3/26 – Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point, Upperville (link coming soon!)

4/3 – Orange County Point-to-Point, Middleburg

4/9 – Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point, Ben Venue

4/17 – Blue Ridge Point-to-Point, Berryville

4/23 – Middleburg Spring Races, Glenwood Park

4/24 – Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point, Leesburg

4/30 – Foxfield Spring Races, Charlottesville

5/1 – Middleburg… Continue reading

2022 Colonial Downs Stakes Schedule

Check out what’s up at Colonial Downs

Colonial Downs Announces $3.5 Million Stakes Schedule at Expanded 2022 Summer Meet

Colonial Downs Racing presented by Woodford Reserve, which kicks off its 27-day “More Racing, More Money and More Fun” Thoroughbred racing season July 11, unveiled a $3.5 million stakes schedule highlighted by the 19th running of the Grade 3 Virginia Derby.

In all, 24 stakes will be contested over the 9-week campaign, 20 of which are scheduled for the
Secretariat Turf Course, the widest grass racing surface in the country. Purses for the 2022 stakes program will increase by $850,000… Continue reading

For Eric and Nancy Rizer, Racing’s A Family Affair

The following appeared in The Racing Biz March 8 and was written by Jennifer Kelly.

Even in a sport often dominated by breeders and owners with international reach, small breeders still thrive, their knowledge and experience with the horses they breed and race passed down through the generations. The Rizer family have built their Virginia farm from a couple of pregnant mares in the mid-1990s to a healthy breeding and racing operation with a stakes winner.

This Mid-Atlantic success story… Continue reading

Snapy Halo (ARG) To Stand at the Owl Hollow Farm in Floyd, Virginia

The Owl Hollow Farm in Floyd VA to Become a Premier Thoroughbred Breeding
& Racing Operation for New Owners Covilar LLC.

Colivar’s owner, Josep Bassaganya-Riera has confirmed the purchase of the Owl
Hollow Morgan Farm in Floyd VA and the acquisition of Argentina-bred thoroughbred
stallion Snapy Halo (ARG) Southern Halo x Esnaola (ARG) Ringaro to stand this
season at the new Covilar LLC Farm.

Josep Bassaganya-Riera, who is an entrepreneur and a biotech pioneer said “I am
pleased to announce… Continue reading

Horses In Training From Magalen Bryant Dispersal To Be Offered on ARQANA Online March 29

Horses in training from Magalen Bryant dispersal to be offered on ARQANA Online on March 29

On Tuesday, March 29, ARQANA Online will offer a sale of horses in training as part of a dispersal from the late Magalen Bryant, an owner, breeder and a leading figure in National Hunt world whose colours were carried to victory at the highest level. The auction will start at 2.30 pm for all the… Continue reading