• Altamura Has Sights Set On Stakes Sweep In Sunday’s $75,000 Oakley Stakes The following is a press release from the Maryland Jockey Club LAUREL, MD – Susan Moulton’s Altamura, having already captured the first two legs in Laurel Park’s series for Virginia-bred/sired horses, looks to make it a clean sweep while extending her win streak to four in Sunday’s $75,000 Oakley Stakes. Carded as Race 4, the 5 ½-furlong Oakley for fillies and mares 3 and up is the first of four $75,000 turf stakes for Virginia-bred/sired horses on a 12-race Commonwealth Day program. It is followed by the 5 ½-furlong Punch Line (Race 6) and 1 1/8-mile Bert Allen (Race 9) for 3-year-olds ... Read more
  • Nominations Sere Set For Commonwealth Day Stakes Card At Laurel Sunday Sept. 23rd The next round of $75,000 Virginia-bred stakes races is this Sunday, September 23rd, at Laurel Park. Nominations are in as follows: Oakley (18), Jamestown (27), Punch Line (18), Bert Allen (24) and Brookmeade (14). 2017 Bert Allen Stakes winner Special Envoy has nominated again. The 7 year old Stroll gelding was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone and enters Sunday’s stakes with a bankroll of $304,500. Last year, Special Envoy also captured the Hansel and Edward Evans Stakes (shown here). Photo courtesy of Jim McCue. Nominations List: All Along Stakes Oakley Stakes Jamestown Stakes Punch Line Stakes Bert Allen Stakes Brookmeade Stakes Read more
  • MATCH Winner Page McKenney Inducted Into Parx Hall of Fame The following appeared in the Paulick Report on September 19th. Pennsylvania-bred Page McKenney had already accomplished quite a bit before his 2018 campaign ended prematurely with retirement in August, but he left the racetrack with additional recognition: a MATCH Series division title and induction into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame. Page McKenney, owned by Adam Staple and Jalin Stable and trained by Mary Eppler, won the MATCH Series 3-Year-Olds and Up Long—Dirt Division and on Sept. 15 was among those honored at Parx, where he won seven of 10 starts, five of them stakes. Dr. Jim Bryant, who co-bred Page McKenney ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs Aiming For March 2019 Opening Of “Rosie’s Gaming Emporium” The following piece appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch and was written by Graham Moomaw. The new owners of Colonial Downs are hoping to open their casino-like gambling facility in New Kent County in March, with live horse racing expected to return in the fall of 2019. Since buying the closed track in April, Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing and its partners have been building a management team and fixing up a track that had sat idle since 2014. On Wednesday, company leaders hosted a media walkthrough of the Colonial Downs facility, showing renderings of the industrial-looking, red-themed interior that will emerge from the construction ... Read more
  • Breeders Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s Jump Start Colt Takes Top Honors At $27,500 Yearling Futurity August 29th Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s dark bay colt out of Blazeaway  captured Grand Champion honors at the $27,500 Virginia Breeders’ Yearling Futurity, held at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds August 29th.  He also won top honors in the Virginia-bred or sired Colt & Gelding division. The event featured competitions in both the Virginia-Bred/Sired Colt & Gelding and Filly classes, in addition to the new Certified class as well. A breakfast kicked of the morning festivities and a seminar featuring Futurity Judge Jonathan Thomas followed. Thomas’s three-year-old horse Catholic Boy most recently won the Grade I Travers Stakes and the Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational. Moore’s yearling champ is by Jump ... Read more
  • Breakers Off Track Betting Center In Richmond Will Be Closed On Tuesday September 4th Attention horseplayers — due to extreme heat inside Breakers OTB in Richmond’s west end, betting will not be available on Tuesday September 4th. The air conditioning unit that services the OTB portion of Breakers went out late last week and it is being replaced early this week. Feel free to visit the other Richmond OTB at Ponies & Pints (110 N. 18th Street) on Tuesday! Read more
  • Fauquier High Alums Win Huge Races At Saratoga The following appeared in The Fauquier Times and was written by Betsy Burke Parker Two Fauquier High graduates broke through big at the Saratoga Racecourse in New York last weekend. Upperville native Jonathan Thomas saddled Catholic Boy to win the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes, and Marshall native Chuck Lawrence sent out Glorious Empire to win the $1 million Grade 1 Sword Dancer turf stake. “We’re just so proud of the horse and what he’s accomplished,” said Thomas, 38, a 1998 Fauquier High grad who was raised at Rokeby Farm, where he spent his youth foxhunting, showing and working in the steeplechase industry. He ... Read more
  • All Good In Catholic Boy’s World After Travers Win The following appeared in Bloodhorse.com August 26th. Trainer Jonathan Thomas will judge the annual Virginia Breeder’s Yearling Futurity Wednesday August 29th at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds from 9 AM – 12 Noon. Jonathan Thomas’  barn is tucked away in one of the more bucolic areas of the Saratoga Race Course backstretch. Located a stone’s throw from Clare Court, Barn 9 is off the beaten backside path, one that takes a bit of trekking or driving for newcomers to locate. On the morning of Aug. 26, it was easier than ever to find the upstart trainer’s mission control. The string of visitors and laughter ... Read more
  • New Upgraded Betting Terminals Installed At Virginia Bets OTBs In Time For Travers Weekend Horseplayers that frequent the four Virginia Bets OTBs in the state will be in for a nice surprise on their next visit . Am Tote, who is the Virginia Bets Tote provider, has brand new betting terminals and they are being installed at all four sites this week.  The Richmond install at Breakers Sports Grille and Ponies & Pints took place Wednesday morning. The install at the Buckets Bar & Grill in Chesapeake will take place Thursday morning and  in Collinsville Friday at The Windmill Off Track Betting Sports Grill. The new terminals will allow customers to see the cost of each wager as it is being entered, and see a ... Read more
  • Combined OTB & ADW Horse Racing Handle In Virginia Is Up Almost $10 Million Thru July Edit Virginia’s handle on horse race wagering is up nearly $10 Million over the same seven month period of a year ago courtesy of increases in both Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) and Off Track Betting (OTB) handle. In the month of July, the four licensed ADWs — or on line betting partners — handled over $6.7 million from Virginia residents. TVG handled the most with $3,009,450 while Twin Spires was next with $2,616,924.  Xpress Bet came in third with $947,657 and relative newcomer NYRA Bets was fourth with $183,077.  ADW handle for the first seven months of 2018 was $52,468,854, up 3.2% over last year’s $50,842,558. ADW handle for ... Read more