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Virginia-Sired Mr. Buff Shines On Empire Showcase Day

Friend Or Foe gelding galloped to title defense in Empire Classic Handicap.

Million dollar earning horse Mr. Buff is by Friend or Foe, who stands at Robin Mellen’s Smallwood Farm in Crozet. Mr. Buff is 3-for-6 this year and has eaned $277,500. His stakes wins in 2020 include the Empire Classic Handicap at Belmont, and the Haynesfield and Jazil, both at Aqueduct. In 40 career starts, he has 15 wins and earnings of $1,210,786.   

Chester and Mary Broman’s… Continue reading

International Gold Cup Set For Saturday Oct. 24; Entries Are Available

The 2020 International Gold Cup Races will be held at Great Meadow Racecourse in the Plains on Saturday October 24. The first of ten races will go to post at 12 Noon. A list of entries and other material can be found at the link here:


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the racew will be run spectator-free but live video streaming will be available via nationalsteeplechase.com.

A total of $135,000 in purse monies will be distributed over the ten… Continue reading

Largent Jumps Up Late to Snatch $75,000 Bert Allen Victory

Embolden Popular Winner of $75,000 Punch Line
McCarthy Wins Three of Five Virginia-Bred Turf Stakes Friday
Live Racing Returns with 10-Race Card Saturday at 12:40 P.M.
LAUREL, MD – Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ stakes winner Largent saved ground all the way around, scooted through an opening along the rail and dueled with 60-1 longshot Tolaga Bay through the stretch to emerge by a neck in Friday’s $75,000 Bert Allen at Laurel Park.
The 22nd running… Continue reading

Middleburg Fall Races Set For Saturday October 10

Nine races with purses totaling $115,000 are up for grabs at Saturday’s Virginia Fall Races at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, as the National Steeplechase Association (NSA) returns to the Old Dominion for the second straight week.

Because of ongoing Covid-19 protocols, the event will be run without spectators, but you can still enjoy the races in real time via live stream broadcast. All told, 94 horses were entered in the final overnights.

Glenwood Park plays host to a card… Continue reading

Five $75,000 Turf Stakes For Virginia-Bred/Sired Horses Highlight Racing Action at Laurel Friday October 9

The M. Tyson Gilpin, Jamestown and Punch Line Stakes will be contested at 5 1/2 furlongs while the Brookmeade and Bert Allen Stakes will be run at the 1 1/16th… Continue reading

Virginia-Breds Holly Hundy, Lenstar Continue To Propser In Late September

Two Virginia-Bred horses saw their earnings surge into new six-digit levels courtesy of wins this past weekend. Holly Hundy’s victory at Santa Anita pushed her career bankroll to $206,713 while Lenstar’s allowance score at Belmont pushed his to $300,767. The pair were both bred by Lazy Lane Farms and are both out of Cryptos’ Best.

14 of Holly Hundy’s 16 starts have come on the west coast. Photo courtesy of Coady Photography.

Holly Bundy’s win was her first since a… Continue reading

Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale Scheduled For October 5-6 at Timonium

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 553 yearlings for its 2020 Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6.  The auction, which will be held immediately following the rescheduled Preakness Stakes, will be conducted at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.

Hips 1-200 will be offered in the Monday session, which will begin at 1 pm.  The sale will begin with a large group of New York-breds, which are catalogued together as hips 1-154 this… Continue reading

October 10 Virtual Pony Swim Fundraiser Will Support James River Horse Foundation

Get ready for one of the more unique fundraisers to take place during the Covid pandemic — the James River Horse Foundation will be hosting a virtual Pony Swim on Saturday October 10!

The group will be launching a number of pony “rubber ducks” in Stagg Creek in Ashland from Horseshoe Hill Farm, and one will race its way to victory! Nick Hahn, host of the weekly “Off to the Races” radio show, will serve as the pony/duck race… Continue reading

Online Betting Handle In Virginia Continues To Surge as Calendar Rolls Into Fall

Online betting handle on horse racing continues to surge in Virginia as handle figures through the first eight months of 2020 were announced. The overall handle through August was $91,903,837 compared with $62,223,376 in 2020, good for an astonishing 47.7% increase.

Top handle producer of the four Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies licensed in Virginia was TVG, whose $48,818,924 handle represents a 62.8% gain over last year. In August alone, they accepted $7,790,255 in bets, the third most ever recorded… Continue reading

Five $75,000 Stakes For Virginia-Bred/Sired Horses Scheduled Friday October 9 at Laurel

The five Virginia-Bred/Sired stakes that were scheduled to run the last night at Colonial Downs have been rescheduled and will run at Laurel Park on October, 9, 2020. Each stake will have a $75,000 purse and all runners will be guaranteed at least a $5,000 purse. All races are scheduled to run on the turf and nominations will close September 25th.

The five races are:

The Jamestown Stakes ($75,000): For registered Virginia-bred or sired two-year-olds which have not… Continue reading