Debbie Easter

Virginia Sired, Mr. Buff Gets Fifth Stakes Victory

From the Thoroughbred Daily News, October 20, 2019

EMPIRE CLASSIC H., $306,450, Belmont, 10-19, (S), 3 yo/up, 1 1/8m, 1:48.65, ft.

Third to Pat On the Back in this race last year, Mr. Buff got his revenge on the GII Kelso H. victor and race favorite Saturday. Mr. Buff broke so sharply that he stumbled a step leaving the gate, but quickly recovered and moved up to challenge Not That Brady (Big Brown). Seizing control as the half went in… Continue reading

Zonda, Tass Show Early Dividends For Schera’s Pilot Project

by Chelsea Hackbarth | 09.16.2019 | 1:26pm Previously printed by the Paulick Report.

Matt Schera learned about the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s Virginia-certified program two years ago, and that season he sent his first several yearlings to be started at the Braeburn Training Center located in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains.

In order to qualify for the Certified program, horses must spend a six-month residency at a Virginia farm or training center prior to Dec. 31st of their… Continue reading

Braxton Spearheads Godsey’s Eagle Point Farm Program

The following appeared in The Paulick Report September 14th.

Virginia-bred Braxton is the flag-bearer for Karen Godsey’s Eagle Point Farm in Ashland, Va., with more than $125,000 in earnings and a special personality. The 5-year-old son of Peak Dancer has also earned an extra $22,000 in the last several seasons courtesy of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

Karen Godsey and Braxton

“He’s doing great,” said Godsey. “We just love him. He looks really sweet and innocent, but he’s not, but he… Continue reading

Come Support Senator Vogel on October 25

An ardent supporter of Virginia’s equine industry, Senator Vogel has been our advocate in Richmond, and led the Senate to help revitalize horse racing in Virginia.

Senator Vogel deserves our support!


4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Benefactor Donor Course Walk with Senator Vogel, Gold Cup Officials & Jockeys5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


2019 Middleburg Fall Races

On Saturday, October 12, join the Virginia Equine Alliance and its four member groups, along with the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation, invite you to a day of steeplechase racing at Glenwood Park for the Virginia Fall Races.

Saturday, October 12th, 2019
Glenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia
Post Time: 1:00 p.m.

Come as our guest and enjoy a day on the tented viewing deck, with a gourmet catered lunch and an afternoon filled with “the sport of kings!” We look forward to… Continue reading

International Gold Cup

Saturday, October 26 at 11 a.m.
International Gold Cup
Great Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia

The VTA and VAHBPA invite you to join your friends and fellow horsemen for the International Gold Cup in the Turf Club Tent on Member’s Hill.


Complimentary tickets are available to VTA and VAHPBA members. Members may receive up to four Members Hill passes and Turf Club tickets and two parking passes.

Ticket cut-off is… Continue reading

2019 Colonial Downs Condition Book

Link to Colonial Downs Condition Book

Time to Get Your Virginia-Bred, Sired and Certified Yearlings Ready

SAVE THE DATE | June 23, 2019


Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia – 9:00a.m.
Entry forms will be maile the last week in May.


  1. $7,500 Virginia-Bred or Sired Yearling Colts and Geldings
  2. $7,500 Virginia-Bred or Sired Yearling Fillies
  3. $7,500 Virginia-Certified Yearling Colts, Geldings and Fillies
  4. Grand Champion Yearling Class


2019 VTA Yearling Futurity Judge Cary Frommer

Cary Frommer has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 30 years. She has… Continue reading

2019 Colonial Downs Stakes Schedule

The 2019 Colonial Downs stakes schedule was released today. Stakes for Virginia-bred and sired horses are featured on both opening and closing weekends. The highlight of the meet is Saturday, August 31st when both the Grade 3 Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks are scheduled to run.

*All Virgina-bred/sired stakes with less than six entries will be opened to Virginia-certified horses. The Punch Line stakes is a non-black-type stakes.

Listen to Steve Byk’s Interview with Colonial Down’s John Marshall and Jill Bryne

Steve Byk caught up with Colonial Down’s Executive Vice-President John Marshall and Vice-President of acing Jill Bryne while they were at the National HBPA convention in Tampa last week. Click on the podcast below to hear the latest updates on Colonial Downs.