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Secretariat’s Virtual Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 26, 27

Online Gathering to Honor Birth of 1973 Triple Crown Champion

For the second consecutive year the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Meadow will not take place due to the continued COVID challenges. However, we are delighted to announce a virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook will take place March 26-27 to continue our tradition of honoring the birth of a racing legend.

Co-hosts for the online festivities will be … Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Chess Chief Rallies to Grade 2 New Orleans Classic Win On March 20

The following appeared in bloodhorse.com March 21 and was written by Bob Ehalt. Virginia-bred Chess Chief earned his fourth career victory March 20 at Fair Grounds in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (Gr. 2) in nice come from behind fashion. The 5-year-old Into Mischief horse has now earned $632,084. He was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm.   

Online Betting Handle Up 42% In 2021 So Far; Major Derby Prep Races Are On Deck

A total horse racing handle of $9,450,356 was wagered by Virginians via four online wagering partner companies in the month of February, a sizeable boost over the $7,093,550 recorded for the same month a year ago. The upward trend of online activity has continued into the new year, after 2020 saw a 56.4% increase in business.

Each Rosie’s has an OTB area which features live simulcasting from up to 20 tracks on a daily basis.

TVG led the way in… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Winners Update – Divine Interventio Wins Twice In Seven Days

The 8-year-old Malibu Moon gelding won most recently March 6 in his 50th career start, when he was a neck better than Jamminwithbrandon in a one-mile starter optional claimer. Divine Interventio had different connections though than he had in his start the week prior. On February 27, he also conquered a… Continue reading

Virginia-Owned Extravagant Kid Heads To Dubai To Compete On Dubai World Cup Under Card

Extravagant Kid, owned by Virginia businessman David Ross — who is President of the Virginia HBPA — will compete in the $1 Million, Grade I Al Quoz Sprint March 27 at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai as part of the Dubai World Cup under card. The race has been carded as the fourth and will go off at 9:30 AM (EDT).

Extravagant Kid become a million dollar earner with a  second place finish in the February 12 Colonel Power Stakes… Continue reading

Colonial Downs to Run 21 Race Dates in 2021; Tickets on Sale Monday March 15

General admission and parking are free! The best thoroughbred horses and trainers from around the country will run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for seven weeks with a 1:45 pm post time. Premium tickets and full racing schedule are available at www.colonialdowns.com.

Fans will welcomed trackside with… Continue reading

Stakes For Virginia-Bred, Sired & Virginia-Certified Horses Are Scheduled at Colonial Downs

A total of twelve stakes races worth a combined $1.2 million showcasing Virginia-bred, certified or sired horses will be carded at the upcoming seven-week summer thoroughbred racing season at Colonial Downs. The meet in New Kent will run from July 19 – September 1 with racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

All 12 Breeder’s stakes will be on the Secretariat Turf Course.

Six $100,000 black-type stakes for Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired horses will take place, including five on the closing day… Continue reading

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

Congratulations to four Virginia connected 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.

Virginia- certified/Maryland-bred Patriotic Punch, bred by Charles Reed and Michael Zanella, bankrolled… 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