David P. Reynold’s Tobasco Cat

Governor Bob McDonnell recently appointed J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr. of Richmond to the Virginia Racing Commission.  A principal with Reynolds Development, he replaces Chairman Peter Burnett whose term expired at the end of 2010.  Reynolds, 50, is the son of the late J. Sargeant Reynolds, who died in 1971, two years after being elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Reynolds grandfather Richard S. Reynolds, a former chairman of Reynolds Metals, was the brother of the David P. Reynolds.  David Reynolds owned the top sprinter Lord Carson and, in partnership with Overbrook Farm in Kentucky, Tobasco Cat who won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1994.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

We will publish a more complete biography when the information is available.

Burnett, an attorney, owner and breeder who lives in Leesburg was appointed to the Commission by Governor Mark Warner in 2003. He was elected vice chairman in 2004, and has served as the chair since 2006. Prior to his appointment, Burnett served as Vice President of the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Charles Town (WV) HBPA. In 2003 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the North American Pari-Mutual Regulators Association.

With Burnett at the helm of the VRC, Virginia became one of the first states to ban steroids and to effectively regulate ADW so that all the industry stakeholders were properly compensated.  

(Photo by Jason Moran/Moran Photography via Flickr)