• Meadow Event Park To Host Secretariat Birthday Celebration On March 30th The Meadow Event Park, historic birthplace of the 1973 Triple Crown champion in Caroline County, will present the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 30 with an array of festivities that will include a 50th birthday tribute to stablemate Riva Ridge. The 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner was known as the “horse that saved Meadow Farm.” Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of The Meadow’s Penny Chenery, will be the celebrity host for the event, which will also feature acclaimed sports journalist Steve Haskin, and Steve Jordan, an assistant to trainer Lucien Laurin. “The Secretariat Birthday Celebration was always a Virginia ... Read more
  • Mid February Photo Update Of Progress At Colonial Downs Below are some pictures showing progress updates at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent from a February 15th visit. The track will reopen in late April with their Rosie’s Gaming Emporium project, which features live simulcast horse racing and 600 or so historical horse racing terminals. Live thoroughbred racing returns on August 8th with a 15 day meet that will run through September 7th. The Virginia Derby will return on Saturday August 31st and the Virginia Oaks is expected to be held on Friday August 30th.   Read more
  • Off To The Races Radio Show Makes Its 2019 Debut Saturday February 16 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network will make its 2019 debut on Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.. Saturday’s show will feature a bumper crop of great guests. Those include Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra and John Marshall, general manager of the new Colonial Downs. Also on the docket are program regulars Derby Bill Watson and Nick Hahn to handicap the day’s biggest races. The program airs every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for one hour over terrestrial radio on the ESPN Richmond family of stations, including 950 AM and the FM stations 99.5 and 102.7. It also ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs, VA HBPA Pledge TAA Contributions The following appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News February 13th. Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have each pledged $15 per starter at the 2019 Colonial Downs meet to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Colonial Downs will hold 15 live days of racing with opening day Aug. 8 and closing day Sept. 7. “Colonial Downs Group is delighted to add life to Thoroughbred aftercare. The horse allows us to practice our labor of love and reminds us Virginians that ‘Racing is for Lovers,’” said John Marshall, senior vice president and general manager of Colonial Downs. Frank Petramalo, executive director of the ... Read more
  • Simulcast Wagering & Historical Racing Approved For New Kent & Vinton Sites At Feb. 14 VRC Meeting Approvals for simulcast wagering and historical horse racing at future Rosie’s Gaming Emporium sites at Colonial Downs in New Kent and in Vinton were approved this morning by the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) at its monthly meeting in downtown Richmond. Aaron Gomes, COO of the Colonial Downs Gaming Group, gave an update on recent activities. This past Monday, they broke ground on their fourth Rosie’s location in Hampton, in the Power Plant complex next to the Bass Pro Shops. That site is expected to open in September once the Rosie’s locations in New Kent, Vinton and Richmond open. Colonial has received ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs Holds Ceremonial Ground Breaking Event At New Rosie’s Gaming Center In Hampton Congratulations to the Colonial Downs team, who had a ceremonial ground breaking at their newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium site in Hampton Monday morning (February 11th). The 40,000 square foot facility is in the Power Plant complex, directly across I-64 from the former Colonial Downs OTB. 700 historical horse racing machines along with an OTB area will be featured in the section of buildings where the former Nascar Sports Grill was located. Projected opening is this September. Approximately 200 employees will be hired to staff the Rosie’s site at an average salary of $40,000 plus benefits. The project is estimated to generate approximately ... Read more
  • Six Virginia-Breds Are Among 17 Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown Nominees The following appeared in The Racing Biz February 7th.  Seventeen horses bred in the mid-Atlantic region are among the 362 horses that have been nominated to the Triple Crown series. Early nomination cost the connections $600 per horse, while the next round, which closes April 1, will cost them $6,000. The 362 runners nominated is two more than were nominated early in 2018. The series includes the Kentucky Derby on May 4, the Preakness Stakes May 18, and the Belmont Stakes June 8. The roster of Midlantic-breds includes six from Maryland, six from Virginia, four from Pennsylvania, and one West Virginia-bred. Three of ... Read more
  • Bill on Expanding Casinos, Sports Betting In Va. Likely To Be Kicked To 2020 The following piece appeared on www.richmond.com January 30th and was written by Graham Moomaw. Proponents of casinos and sports betting may have to wait at least another year before Virginia lawmakers open the door to more gambling. On Wednesday, a state Senate committee changed a major casino bill to require a state study and another vote in 2020 before any casino licenses would be granted. In its new form, the bill would prevent Bristol, Portsmouth and Danville from holding voter referendums on casinos until after the study is completed in the fall. “I can’t understand on an issue of this paramount importance why ... Read more
  • $427,944 In Bonus Monies Awarded To Virginia-Bred/Sired Owners From 2018 Mid-Atlantic Incentive Program A total of $427,944 in owners bonus awards were distributed to 80 different owners of Virginia-bred or sired horses that won non-restricted races at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region last year. The bonus dollar total was generated from 129 individual wins in 2018. Topping the list of bonus money earners was Chester and Mary Broman, who accumulated $64,162 in bonuses from eight winners, seven of which were from Virginia-sired horses. Their Mr. Buff won four races and reached the award cap of $10,000 in all four. The 5-year-old Friend or For gelding captured them at New York tracks –three at Aqueduct ... Read more
  • Virginia-Sired Mr. Buff Boosts Win Streak To Four With A Win In Jazil Stakes Congratulations to Mr. Buff, a Virginia sired 5-year-old Friend or Foe gelding who won his fourth consecutive race and second consecutive stakes this past weekend. Mr. Buff’s sire Friend or Foe stands at Smallwood Farm in Crozet, VA.  Owned and bred by Chester and Mary Broman, Mr. Buff has now bankrolled $540,786 from 26 career starts. He has 8 wins, 6 seconds and 3 thirds. The recent four race streak has all come at Aqueduct and has occurred in a tight ten week window. He captured an allowance November 14th, an allowance optional claimer November 28th, the Alex Robb Stakes ... Read more