• $6,000 In Starter Awards Given Out At Warrenton Hunt Point-To-Point Races The spring Point-to-Point season got under way March 16th at the Airlie Resort, which played host to the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point Races on a delightful spring afternoon. Ten races were contested including a side saddle race and a Virginia-bred or sired flat event. It also marked the debut of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s “Point-to-Points Pay” starter reward bonus program. Any horse that starts in a flat, hurdle or timber race which is owned by a Virginian or trained by a Virginian will receive $200 per start. It’s an effort to increase participation and build field size at these events. The program appears to ... Read more
  • Secretariat Heritage Center Launched At Meadow Event Park Secretariat Heritage Center Launched to Establish Secretariat’s Birthplace as National Tourism Destination The Secretariat Heritage Center, a new 501c3 organization, has been formed to celebrate the legacy of Secretariat and Meadow Stable at The Meadow Event Park. The non-profit has plans to elevate the current Secretariat tour program and its existing historic assets to a national heritage tourism destination and educational center. Secretariat, acclaimed as the greatest race horse in America’s history, was born at The Meadow in Caroline County on March 30, 1970. His Triple Crown victory in 1973 stands as one of the greatest moments in all of sports, and ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs To Feature Jump Racing During 2019 Summer Meet The remodeled and reinvigorated Colonial Downs will open its 15-date meet on Thursday, Aug. 8, and will race on a three-day-a-week schedule through Saturday, Sept. 7. Racing will be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with the exception of Labor Day week, when the schedule will be Monday (Labor Day), Friday, and Saturday. Steeplechase racing, a longtime Virginia tradition, will be a regular feature at Colonial Downs when the New Kent County track presents its inaugural meet under new ownership and management this summer, the National Steeplechase Association and Colonial Downs Group announced. Post time will be 5 p.m. each day with the ... Read more
  • Another Colonial Downs-Backed Rosie’s Gaming Site Proposed For Chesapeake CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — 120 new jobs and millions in tax revenues for Chesapeake, those are the numbers expected for a new Rosie’s gaming establishment proposed in the city, one of several in the works to support the return of the Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County. The site is located at Battlefield Blvd and I-64. It’s easy to get to and easy to leave. The potential Chesapeake site follows a Hampton groundbreaking on February 11 for another of the handful of Rosie’s locations. There is a Rosie’s in Vinton, Richmond, New Kent County, Hampton, and possibly one in Chesapeake if approved ... Read more
  • Off To The Races Radio Show Back On The Air Every Saturday In Richmond And On Line After a one-week hiatus, Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returned to the airwaves on Saturday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m. The show featured newly minted Virginia Racing Commissioner Stephanie Nixon, a long time trainer at Colonial Downs, to discuss the most recent developments in the Commonwealth. Also participating in the program was Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland Jockey Club He discussed the future of Maryland racing and current updates at Santa Anita Racecourse. And of course, Derby Bill Watson and Nick Hahn were be on board to handicap ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs Names Industry Veteran Allison De Luca As Racing Secretary The following appeared in The Paulick Report March 4th. The Colonial Downs Group today announced that it has tapped Allison De Luca to serve as racing secretary. De Luca comes to Colonial Downs Group from Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla., where she has served as racing secretary since 2006. A graduate of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, De Luca has been involved in the horse racing industry in official capacities at racing jurisdictions in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1978. “We are delighted to have Allison joining the team ... Read more
  • 25 Virginia Certified Horses Collect Bonus Earning Wins In January/February A total of 25 Virginia-Certified horses provided their respective owners with a 25% bonus from victories in January and February! Horses who complete a six month residency at a Virginia farm prior to December 31st of its two-year-old year are eligible for the bonus when they win in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ten of those 25 wins came at Laurel including Sip of Sunshine (shown here), who captured a $42,000 allowance race February 24th. Owner Marla Salzman collected a bonus courtesy of her three-year-old filly’s dominating win. The John Salzman trainee earned her fourth victory in 11 starts and has bankrolled $113,349 ... Read more
  • Breakers OTB In Richmond To Host $1,000 Handicapping Contest Saturday March 9th This Saturday, March 9th, is the biggest race day of 2019 so far! Horseplayers will be treated to four major Derby prep races along with a pair of Grade I stakes — the Santa Anita Handicap and Frank Kilroe Mile. To top it off, the Off Track Betting Center at Breakers Sports Grille in Richmond will play host to a free handicapping contest with $1,000 in cash prizes! To participate, just stop by Breakers between 11 AM – 3 PM on Saturday and fill out an entry. Fans will be asked to select one horse in each of the 8 contest ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred Bargain Has Hopes For Triple Crown Trail This Year The following piece appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News March 2nd and was written by Bill Finley.  Soldado is a three-year-old Verrazano colt that was bred by Jim Fitzgerald & Katie Fitzgerald. The Virginia-bred collected a maiden special weight victory at Gulfstream February 2nd in his first lifetime start, then came back with a third there March 2nd in an allowance optional claimer  (after being bumped twice early in the race). By Bill Finley When Soldado (Verrazano) goes to the post in Sunday’s 12th race at Gulfstream, a one-mile allowance, he’ll look a lot like many Todd Peltcher-trained horses. He’s a well-bred 3-year-old ... Read more
  • ‘Light After Dark’ – Battle of Midway Colt Born Sunday In Virginia The following appeared in The Paulick Report February 25th. Within 24 hours of the devastating loss of Breeders’ Cup champion Battle of Midway following a morning workout on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Santa Anita, came the delightful news that one of his foals was born at Jim and Katie Fitzgerald’s Chilly Bleak Farm in Marshall, Va. The 5-year-old Battle of Midway earned more than $1.5 million in his two-part, 16-start career, with an 8-4-2 record. While at stud at WinStar Farm, he covered 61 mares, leaving only five in foal. He returned to racing in the middle of last year, finishing first ... Read more