Monthly Archives: March 2023

Tickets on Sale April 3rd for Colonial Downs Summer Meet

Racing is back this summer in New Kent, VA. The track will be open starting on July 13th and will run Thursdays through Saturdays until September 9th. The races will start every day at 1:30PM. Tickets are available starting at 12PM on April 3rd. The track is open to all ages and parking and general admission are free. Grandstand seats starting at only $5! Come out and support Viriginia’s only thoroughbred racetrack.

Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-To-Point Recap

The Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point took place on March 25th, at the historic Salem Racecourse in Upperville, VA. The card was made up of eight races, ranging from a mile and a quarter to three and a half miles around the track. This meet is important to local fans of the sport who get to come out in the Northern Virginia area and see one of the first racing events of the year.

The story of the day was Jockey… Continue reading

2023 VTA March Board Meeting

The VTA Board meeting will be held on March 28, in Warrenton. Board members will receive information by email.

Opening Day of Shenandoah Downs 7-week spring harness racing season

Opening day of Shenandoah Downs 7-week spring harness racing season in Woodstock starts April 1, 2023.

The Virginia Thoroughbred Assocation 2022 Championship Awards Presentations will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association 2022 Championship Awards will be presented on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Great Meadows from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Sandy Harrington at

Spring 2023 Gold Cup May 6, 2023

We hope you plan to join your fellow VTA Members for the 2023 Virginia Gold Cup on May 6, 2023.

Be sure to RSVP by April 16th as space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Sandy Harrington at

Special ‘Secretariat Bourbon’ Includes Mash Made with Grain from Meadow Event Park

Originally Posted on on 3/21/23

RICHMOND, VA. — In honor of the 50th anniversary of Virginia-native Secretariat winning the Triple Crown, Virginia ABC stores will be releasing “Secretariat Reserve Straight Bourbon” from Ragged Branch Distillery in Charlottesville.

Virginia ABC will offer Secretariat Reserve Straight Bourbon from Virginia’s Ragged Branch Distillery in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Triple Crown. Photo courtesy of Virginia ABC.

The bourbon’s mash features grain grown at Meadow Event Park in Caroline… Continue reading

Visiting the James River Horse Foundation in Goochland, VA

Newest Member of the Virginia Equine Alliance, and recent Lock Haven University graduate Aidan Turnage-Barney recently visited the James River Horse Foundation in Goochland, VA these were his thoughts.

Those of us who love horses know that there is a special magic between a girl and her horse. It’s a romantic ideal encouraged by movies like Horse Girl and National Velvet, but a recent visit to the James River Horse Foundation at the State Farm Work Center in Goochland… Continue reading

Virginia Thoroughbred Association Welcomes New Officers, Board Members 

Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) Executive Director Debbie Easter welcomed 2023 Officers and Board members — both new ones and those whose terms had expired — at the most recent VTA Board meeting held at the Warrenton office. 

Three-year-old Forte, early favorite in the 2023 Kentucky Derby, was bred by VTA President Amy Moore (Lauren King photo).

The ’23 slate of Officers includes President Amy Moore of South Gate Farm in Millwood (breeder of early Kentucky Derby favorite Forte), Vice-President… Continue reading

A monument to Secretariat is coming to Ashland – maybe permanently

Originally posted on 3/12/2023 on, Written by Bill Lohmann

Fifty years ago in May, Secretariat began his incomparable run into horse-racing history and American lore.

The legendary horse’s dominating sweep of the Triple Crown in 1973 — he still holds the records for fastest time in all three races — ensured he would be remembered as a horse for all time. His name has grown to be synonymous with greatness, his achievements mythic.

And, for those who… Continue reading