• Jockey Club Releases 2018 Fact Book The Jockey Club announced today that the 2018 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website. You can find it here. The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. It also features a directory of Canadian, international, national, and state organizations. Links to the Breeding Statistics report that is released by The Jockey Club each September and the Report of Mares Bred information that is published by The Jockey Club each October can be found in the Breeding section of the Fact Book. The 2018 ... Read more
  • Secretariat Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 23-25 At The Meadow SECRETARIAT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT THE MEADOW WILL MARK 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS HISTORIC TRIPLE CROWN MARCH 23-25 Event will also pay tribute to Penny Chenery and Charlie Davis The 45th anniversary of Secretariat’s historic Triple Crown will be the central theme of the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow Event Park March 23-25. Of the 12 horses to win the Triple Crown since its inception in 1919, only Virginia-born Secretariat broke all three track records, which are still standing at this time. The highlight of the celebration will be the “Triple Crown Tribute” on Saturday evening March 24 ... Read more
  • Longtime Breeder and Former VTA Board Member, Pat Schuler, Passes Away Patricia Schuler, 82, of Keswick, passed away on February 19, 2018. Patricia was born on July 29, 1935, in Portland, Maine, to the late Robert W. Reilly and Allene Sacco Reilly. She attended Holy Names Academy and St Rose College in Albany, NY. Pat’s love and passion for animals led her to serve as vice president of the Derry N.H. S.P.C.A and later held a position as a board member with the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (V.T.A). Pat was instrumental in bringing horse racing to Virginia. She was devoted to breeding thoroughbreds in support of the Virginia bred program. She was a devoted ... Read more
  • 2018 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Equine Session Announced 2018 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Equine Session Announced The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, the region’s premier animal nutrition conference, will be held April 4-5, 2018 at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley in Hunt Valley, MD.  Two days of expert speakers have been lined up with the Equine Session held on the second day featuring seminars devoted to equine feed ingredients and discussion of natural or organic feed components.  Veterinarians, students, horse trainers, horse breeders, and horse owners should not miss this opportunity to learn about exciting new discoveries related to their equine health and nutrition.  All attendees will receive lunch ... Read more
  • Yearling Futurity Bonuses Announced For Top Racetrack Money Earners Virginia-bred horses that competed in the 2015 Yearling Futurity will share a bonus pool of $5,000 based on career earnings they accumulated through their recently completed three-year-old racing campaigns. The top earners in order were Speed Gracer ($3,000), Limehouse Louie ($1,000), Scarlett’s Ransom ($700) and Fly E Dubai ($300). Speed Gracer, bred and owned by Quest Realty, bankrolled $76,933 through December 31st last year. The now 4 year old Lemon Drop Kid gelding has a pair of wins, one second and two third place finishes from a dozen starts. The Susan Cooney trainee began his career with a sixth in the 2016 Jamestown Stakes and followed that with a maiden ... Read more
  • Four Virginia-Breds Score Recent Wins At Charles Town; Stormin Margaret Makes Successful 70th Career Start Four Virginia-bred horses recently reached the winner’s circle at Charles Town including a consistent mare that was making her 70th career start. Storming Margaret, an 8 year old Here’s Zealous mare, made her 70th start quite memorable in kicking off the month. She came four wide from fourth in the final turn of her $10,000 claiming race to nip Mrs. Sport by a neck at the wire and record her 12th victory. Bred by Rodger Smith, Stormin Margaret has been a model of consistency in her career. She has 15 runner-up finishes to go with 13 thirds, and has recorded 31 consecutive “top five” finishes, a streak that ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs: House Approves Historical Horse Racing The following appeared in The Racing Biz February 13th.  by Frank Vespe Live racing is a big step closer to returning to Virginia’s Colonial Downs. The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly – 79-21 – in favor of HB 1609, a bill that would allow “historical horse racing” machines in the Commonwealth. Now the bill heads to the state Senate, which is expected to begin the process of considering it as early as next week. Historical racing machines, which to users feel essentially like slot machines, use previously contested races to generate the winning numbers. They have been critical to the success ... Read more
  • Off To The Races Radio Show Makes Its 2018 Debut Saturday Feb. 10th At 10 AM Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network returns for its 2018 season Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. The program will air on over terrestrial radio on ESPN Richmond (VA) — 950 AM, 99.5 FM, and 102.7 FM — and via internet streaming. The show will air every Saturday morning from February 10 through July 21. “We are excited to kick off the 2018 season of Off to the Races,” said Frank Vespe, owner-publisher of The Racing Biz and host of the program. “We look forward to sharing with our listeners some of the most interesting voices in mid-Atlantic racing over the ... Read more
  • Catholic Boy Kicks Off Sophomore Season In Saturday’s Tampa Bay’s Sam F. Davis Stakes The following appeared in The Paulick Report February 8th. Catholic Boy is trained by Jonathan Thomas, son of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s Track Superintendent, John Dale Thomas. In addition to the Sam Davis Stakes Saturday, fans can make advance wagers on the May 5th Kentucky Derby from Friday Feb. 9 – Sunday Feb. 11. Virginia’s 3 OTBs will accept those bets — at Breakers Sports Grille and Ponies & Pints in Richmond, and  at Buckets Bar & Grill in Chesapeake. The four on line betting partner websites will also accept wagers — TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com.     Seven 3-year-old colts and geldings take ... Read more
  • Charlie Davis, Exercise Rider For Secretariat, Dies After Brief Battle With Lung Cancer The Secretariat Team announced today that Charlie Davis, the charismatic exercise rider for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, died early this morning from complications of lung cancer. He was 78. Davis, who was born on Feb. 2, 1940, in Orangeburg, S.C., started his vocation by cutting elementary school to watch the Thoroughbreds train on the farm where his father worked. Small in stature but tough and determined, Davis learned how to exercise horses and eventually went to work for legendary trainer Lucien Laurin, becoming a member of the famed “Holly Hills” crew that also included storied groom Eddie Sweat. Davis exercised some ... Read more