• ‘Favorable Setup’ Allows Virginia-Bred Bella Aurora To Prevail In Aqueduct’s Interborough Stakes
    by Brian Bohl/NYRA | 01.18.2021 | 5:06pm Congratulations to Virginia-Bred Bella Aurora, who won the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct on January 18 after being sent off at odds of 37-1! The 4-year-old Carpe Diem filly was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm and got her second stakes victory — she previously won the 2019 Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel. Overall, she has earnings of $223,140 from 12  career starts and four wins. The following recap appeared in The Paulick Report. Country Life Farm’s Bella Aurora made her first start in New York a memorable one, surging up the rail in the stretch and finishing ...
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  • Virginia-Certified Street Lute, Virginia-Bred Kenny Had a Notion, Both Win Laurel Stakes
    Congratulations to Virginia-Certified Street Lute and Virginia-Bred Kenny Had a Notion, who both had $100,000 stakes wins at Laurel on January 16! The former collected her 6th win from 7 career starts — and 4th stakes win in a row — while the latter earned his 4th win from 7 starts. Three-year-old Street Lute, whose Virginia residency was spent at at Diana McClure’s DMC Carousel Racing Stable in Berryville, increased her bankroll to $350,000 by winning the Xtra Heat Stakes. Kenny Had a Notion, who was bred by Althea Richards, increased his lifetime earnings to $211,175 with a victory in ...
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  • 2020 Online Betting Handle On Horse Racing In Virginia Rose 56% Over Prior Year
    A Covid-pandemic world changed the way horseplayers wagered in 2020. When much of the industry came to a standstill in mid-March, a handful of tracks still operating reaped benefits as a move to online wagering became the new norm. Handle figures from Virginia’s four partner Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies — TVG, Xpressbet, Twinspires and NYRABets — began to grow markedly in early spring then continued to surge throughout the rest of the year as more tracks came on board. Even when Virginia OTBs and simulcast centers in Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums reopened in early July, online wagering continued to blossom. By ...
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  • 2020 Virginia Breeders Fund Awards Pay 40% For Wins at Tracks in North America
    Virginia-bred Largent’s three stakes and two allowance wins in 2020 triggered an $81,738 Virginia Breeders Fund bonus award for Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, tops among any horse and breeding farm in the Commonwealth. Virginia Breeders awards took a big step forward in 2020, averaging 40% of each winning purse at tracks across North America compared with 22% in 2019. “I’m extremely excited that the Virginia breeders are starting to reap the rewards from the growing revenue streams we have now in Virginia,” said Virginia Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Debbie Easter. “We certainly don’t breed as many horses as we once ...
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  • Virginia Racing Continues To Move Forward — Newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium Opened In Dumfries January 8
    Dumfries, VA – January 8, 2021 – At a ceremonial outdoor and socially distanced ribbon cutting, Colonial Downs Group announced today that Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is now open in Dumfries, Va. Rosie’s, located in the Triangle Shopping Plaza convenient to Interstate 95, features 150 slots-like gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurant and bar. At the event, Rosie’s displayed its commitment to community by donating $76,500 to five local charities; the Boys and Girls Club of Dumfries, the Prince William County Foundation, Paws for Purple Hearts, Kappa Lambda Chi military fraternity and the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. Aaron Gomes, ...
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  • Four VA-Certified Horses From Ingleside Training Win On New Years Week
    The last few days of 2020 and first few of 2021 saw a total of 17 Virginia-Certified horses reach the winners circle, including four that spent their six-month residency in the Commonwealth at Woodbery Payne’s Ingleside Training Center in Montpelier Station — War Tocsin, My My Girl, Left Leaning Lucy and Oh My Papa. War Tocsin captured a seven-furlong, $40,000 allowance race at Parx December 30 while pushing his career bankroll to $135,043. The 5-year-old Violence gelding, a Kentucky-bred, is owned by Trin-Brook Stables, Inc. My My Girl was best in a $42,801 waiver maiden claimer at Laurel January 3 in ...
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  • 2021 Point-to-Point Dates, Sanctioned Steeplechase Meet Dates & More
    It may only be January, but we are thinking spring! The Virginia Point-to-Point racing season schedule is available now at centralentryoffice.com as is the list of National Steeplechase Association (NSA) sanctioned meets that will be held in the Commonwealth. The season kicks off Saturday March 6 with the Rappahannock Hunt and continues with events every weekend through the end of April. Respective Point-to-Point meets include the Warrenton Hunt (March 13), Piedmont Fox Hounds (March 20), Orange County Hounds (March 28), Old Dominion Hounds (April 3), Blue Ridge Hunt (April 11), Loudoun Hunt (April 18) and Middleburg Hunt (April 25) Point-to-Points. The NSA sanctioned ...
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  • Virginia-Bred Boldor Rallies From Last To Capture Sam’s Town Stakes Jan. 4 At Delta
    Congratulations to Virginia-bred Boldor, who kicked off 2021 with a come from behind win at Delta Downs in the Sam’s Town Stakes January 4. The 5-year-old Munnings gelding won for the fourth time and pushed his career bankroll to $245,197. Bred by Carlos Moore and Gillian Gordon-Moore, Boldor won the 2019 Punch Line Stakes at Colonial Downs. The following piece appeared in The Paulick Report.   Delta Downs hosted the $60,000 Sam’s Town Stakes on Monday afternoon and it was the Steve Asmussen trainee Boldor who proved best in the five-furlong affair for sprinters. Boldor used a last-to-first move in the homestretch ...
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  • Horse Racing Integrity Bill Becomes Law
    National Thoroughbred Racing Association release President Trump on Sunday signed into law COVID-19 relief and government funding legislation that includes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA), historic legislation that will establish national standards to promote fairness and increase safety in Thoroughbred racing nationwide. The legislative package also includes key tax reform, COVID-19 relief provisions and extensions of current H-2B visa amendments beneficial to the horse racing industry. Passage of the HISA culminated a multi-year effort by many industry stakeholders to establish national standards for anti-doping, medication control and increased racetrack safety for horses and riders. The movement gained momentum in ...
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  • Northern Virginia Will Get a Taste of Gambling When Rosie’s Opens In January
    By MATTHEW BARAKAT The Associated Press DUMFRIES — Caesar’s Palace it’s not, but for the first time Northern Virginia is getting in on the expansion of gambling that has been spreading throughout the state. Early next month, Rosie’s Gaming is opening its latest slots parlor of sorts in the state, with a 150-machine facility in Dumfries, in southern Prince William County. For all practical purposes, the machines play like slot machines, and casual gamblers would be hard-pressed to notice the difference between Rosie’s machines and any other slot machine. Technically, though, the outcome of the wager is tied to the results of old ...
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