• Virginia Equine Veterinarian, Owner Dr. Doug Daniels Elected National HBPA President
    Horse owner and equine veterinarian Dr. Doug Daniels has been elected president of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, which represents thoroughbred racing owners and trainers through affiliates in a number of states. Daniels, who was unopposed for the National HBPA presidency, has been vice president of the Virginia HBPA and a member of the National HBPA’s executive committee since 2019. He succeeds Leroy Gessmann, who had been president since 2015. In addition to his own Virginia Equine PLLC veterinary practice, Daniels has and continues to work for the Virginia Racing Commission when needed as a regulatory veterinarian at the ...
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  • Jockey Maria Rosana Scaldaferri Wins First Race In America Wednesday at Colonial Downs
    Jockey Maria Rosana Scaldaferri, a native of Pergamino, Aregentina, reached the winners circle for the first time ever in America Wednesday afternoon (July 21) in the opening week finale at Colonial Downs, which ushered in its annual summer season on Monday. The 30-year-old rider had been winless in 27 U.S. starts until the ninth on Wednesday when she piloted Leanne Hester’s homebred Tempting Moment to a gate-to-wire effort at odds of 15-1. The 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint attracted a field of thirteen $10,000 claimers who competed for a $25,000 purse. Hester’s 6-year-old Gone Clubbing gelding led by 1 1/2 lengths early on, ...
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  • Colonial Downs Opens Its Racing Season With Record Opening Day Handle
    Colonial Downs kicked off its 2021 racing season Monday with a record opening day handle of $2.66 million, spurred by a four-pack of $100,000 Virginia-restricted turf stakes races, and the return of fans to the New Kent track now in its third year under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group. “We would like to thank the horsemen, our fans on and off site and our team for starting the meet on the right foot,” said John Marshall, Executive VP Operations for the Colonial Downs Group. “What a delight it was to see 2,500 fans at Colonial Downs on a Monday afternoon ...
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  • 111 Horses Enter Colonial Downs’ 9-Race Opening Day Card on Monday July 19
    Opening day of the third Colonial Downs racing season under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group attracted a full entry box when the draw for Monday’s (July 19) card was conducted Wednesday afternoon. A total of 111 horses are slated to compete in nine pari-mutuel races, five of which feature 14-horse fields and another with 13. Of the nine, all but one will be contested over the Secretariat Turf Course including four $100,000 stakes. Post time is 1:45 PM. A pair of non-betting steeplechase races will kick off festivities at 12:15 PM prior to the pari-mutuel program. The Meadow Stable and M. ...
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  • Return of Horse Racing a Financial Boost for New Kent, State
    The following appeared in The Tidewater Review July 2 and was written by David Macaulay. When thoroughbred racing returns to Colonial Downs on July 19, the people who place bets on the successful horses won’t be the only winners. The prospect of a summer full of races and the return of the crowds post is a win-win for the economy of New Kent and Virginia as a whole. New Kent County received $6.7 million in revenue as of June 6 in FY2021 from horse racing and off-track betting, according to figures from the county. Revenue was hit in 2020 when racing was canceled, ...
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  • Virginia-Bred & Kentucky Derby Starter Attachment Rate Joins Moquett Barn After Fasig-Tipton Sale
    The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 12.  Attachment Rate, a multiple Grade 3-placed runner who ran in last year’s rescheduled Kentucky Derby, will move to the barn of trainer Ron Moquett after selling to owner William Sparks for $160,000 on Monday at the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The 4-year-old Hard Spun colt was previously trained by Dale Romans for Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister, winning three of 16 starts for earnings of $236,422. “I think he’s a nice 4-year-old that’s got plenty of life left,” Sparks said after signing the ticket. “We’re going to hopefully find a spot for him by ...
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  • Prominent Owner/Breeder Bert Firestone Dies at 89
    The Firestones raced 17 grade/group 1 winners, including Genuine Risk. The following appeared at Bloodhorse.com July 12 and was written by Eric Mitchell.  Lifelong horseman, accomplished owner/breeder, and Eclipse Award leading owner of 1980 Bertram Robert Firestone died July 12 in West Palm Beach, Fla., following a rapid deterioration of his health in the past week, according to his family. Firestone would have turned 90 next month. Firestone’s association with horses started in the show ring. He attended the New York Military Academy where he was on the jumping team and also attended the University of Virginia. “I think horses were everything in his ...
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  • ‘Time Is Precious!’: Dettori Hoping US-Trained Extravangant Kid Can Land Him Elusive July Cup Victory
    The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 9. Virginia businessman David Ross, who races under the stable name DARRS, Inc., is President of the Virginia HBPA and is the winningest owner in the history of Colonial Downs. Ross’s Extravagant Kid makes his third straight start overseas Saturday July 10 at Newmarket.  Jockey Frankie Dettori is hoping Extravagant Kid can finally fill the only major gap on his British racing CV by landing the Darley July Cup on Saturday (July 10th) at Newmarket. The six furlong contest is the only domestic Group One race the 50 year old has yet to win, although he ...
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  • Kate Tweedy, Daughter of Horse Racing’s “First Lady,” Visits the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs
    As preparations continue for the third season of thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs under the ownership of the Colonial Downs Group, another group began initial prep work for an upcoming event at the New Kent track, and it has strong ties to Colonial’s signature racing surface — the Secretariat Turf Course. Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery Tweedy — who owned the great Secretariat — visited the track last week from her nearby home in Ashland, Virginia to begin planning a Secretariat Fans Day at Colonial Downs on August 30. The celebration will take place the day before the Virginia Derby ...
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  • Maggie Bryant of Middleburg, steeplechase Hall of Fame inductee and conservationist, dies at 92
    The following was written by Betsy Burke Parker and was a special to the Fauquier Times. Though her great passion was with French steeplechase horses, Bryant found plenty of success in the U.S., topped by V.E. Day’s win in the 2014 Travers Stakes (Gr. I) at Saratoga. Her Virginia-breds Deputy Fling and Well Fashioned both won at Colonial Downs — the former in the 2011 Bert Allen Stakes. Two of her steeplechase horses, Plated and Gustavian, each found success at Great Meadow in 2014 & 2015. Her Personal Start even captured the Grade 2 David Semmes Memorial Stakes at the ...
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