Friday, September 27, 2013

Virginia Thoroughbred Association
September 27 Weekly Update
The Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic Fall Yearlings Sale is coming up at Timonium on Monday, September 30. There are 21 Virginia-breds catalogued. Check out the VTA Facebook page this weekend for photos of these yearlings! 
Have a graduate from your Virginia training center that has won? Send us the info and we’ll include them in our “Virginia Connections” section! 

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The Virginia Racing Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved to adopt the Mid-Atlantic uniform medication rules, which allow for a specific list of therapeutic medications with thresholds levels, and Lasix with no additional adjuncts to be given within 4 hours pre-race. 

The commission also amended the claiming rule in Virginia. Under the new rule, the owner of a claimed horse receives the money due immediately after the race rather than subsequent to the results of drug testing. This change brought Virginia in line with other states.


The commission plans to put together a group of stakeholders to consider legislation for the 2014 General Assembly and formulate a long-range plan to move racing forward in Virginia.

Virginia owner Pat Schuler celebrated another winner with the deceptively-named Ontario-bred Virginia Colony (4, g, Theatrical). Virginia Colony won an allowance race at Laurel on September 20, defeating the competition by 1 ¾ lengths over 1 1/16 miles on the turf. 

The Ned Evans-bred Blueskiesnrainbows (4, c, English Channel) lodged another stakes win on September 22, winning the Ralph M. Hinds Handicap at Fairplex. The winner of the Grade II Swaps Stakes is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Bad Boy Racing and Whizway Farms. The Evans Estate also celebrated maiden claiming winner Malibu Mudslide (4, f, Malibu Moon) at Belmont and maiden winner Hard Divorce (2, c, Hard Spun) at Wolverhampton in England this week. Trained by David Brown and owned by Qatar Racing, Hard Divorce was a $210,000 yearling.


The Lazy Lane-bred Centrique (4, f, Malibu Moon) won an allowance race at Calder on September 22. The $60,000 yearling is owned by Farnsworth Stables and trained by Marty Wolfson.


Audley celebrated two winners this week: Jungle Princess (5, f, Ghostzapper) won a claiming race at Laurel Park, while Wardelle (7, m, Toccet) won the Pink Ribbon Stakes at Charles Town. An earner of over $350,000, Wardelle is owned by Peter Kazamias and trained by Dimitrios Synnefias.


Pure Virginia (3, f, Purim) won a maiden special weight at Charles Town on September 20 for breeder Morgan’s Ford Farm. This beautifully-named filly is owned by Karen Eyles and trained by Liam McVicar.


Rodger Smith bred Recrank (2, g, Repent), a maiden claiming winner at Assiniboia Downs on September 20. Sam English’s Tres Rios (3, f, Seeking the Dia) also won a maiden claiming race at Hollywood. The filly is owned by Kyle Yost and trained by Ronney Brown. Bill Backer bred Rose Brier (4, f, Mizzen Mast), who won a claiming race at Delaware on September 23.

Foxfield Races This Weekend!  


Foxfield Fall Races

Sunday, September 29, 2013

1.30 p.m.

Charlottesville, Virginia

(434) 293-9501


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Smitten Farm State Fair Hay Champion Again
Congratulations to Smitten Farm for winning the hay championship at the State Fair Thursday. Smitten Farm was declared the winner for the third straight year. The entry from Morgan’s Ford Farm was placed third. Mr. Backer absent from Thursday’s VTA Board meeting was reportedly seen in the Doswell area? Do we think there is any funny business going on here? 🙂


Hmm. Was Bill Backer really seen in Doswell having lunch with the judge? 🙂