• Colonial Downs plans June 2019 opening for new gambling facility in South Richmond BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing. They unfurled a “Coming Soon” banner outside the former big-box store off Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday to herald the expected June 2019 opening of the first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, a horse betting facility officials called a major boost to a part of the city that’s often overlooked. “We are excited about one of the largest economic development deals to take place in the Ninth District in years,” ... Read more
  • Horseshoe Hills Farm’s Stephanie Nixon Appointed To The Virginia Racing Commission Stephanie Nixon, long time Board member of both the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Virginia Racing Commission effective November 2nd. She will replace the vacant Commissioner’s seat previously held by Dr. Charles Steger, who passed away on May 6th. Nixon owns Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland where she has broke, owned, bred and raised horses for all of her adult life. At the age of one, her father purchased a cabin in Ashland from a doctor friend and moved the family from the City of ... Read more
  • Penny Chenery’s Final Resting Place Is Virginia (Doswell, VA)  – The children of Penny Chenery – Sarah Tweedy Manning, Kate Chenery Tweedy, Christopher Tweedy and John Tweedy – have announced that their mother’s ashes were interred in Virginia on October 20.  A memorial service was held at St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, followed by a private graveside service at the Chenery family plot in Woodland Cemetery. Penny’s ashes were buried next to the graves of her father Christopher T. Chenery and her mother Helen Bates Chenery. Beloved by legions of fans as Secretariat’s owner, Penny passed away on September 16, 2017 at the age of ... Read more
  • Lady Olivia at Northcliff’s Accountable Captures Second Straight Old Dominion Turf Championship Accountable wore down front running favorite Jump Ship at the head of the stretch, then went on to a 1 1/4 length triumph in the $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship October 27th at Great Meadow. The 4-year-old Cosa Vera gelding captured the same 1 1/4 mile fall Championship race a year ago in dramatic come from behind fashion. Overlooked by the betting public at 9-1, Accountable settled in behind track record holder Willisville initially and pressed the pace from second through first three fractions. Approaching the mile marker, Accountable stuck a head in front of the frontrunner and from that point ... Read more
  • Well Matched Field For Montpelier’s Noel Laing This Saturday In Virginia A well-matched field of nine will line up for Saturday’s $40,000 Noel Laing Handicap, the featured race of the 84th annual Montpelier Hunt Races in Virginia. The race meet on the grounds of James and Dolley Madison’s historic home will kick off with a 12:30 p.m. post time. Ricky Hendriks, currently leading the battle for the training title, will saddle Rosbrian Farm’s Detroit Blues and Clarcam, owned by Rosbrian and Meadow Run Farm, for the 2 1/2-mile trip around Montpelier’s natural brush course. Winner of a Foxbrook Champion Hurdle division at the Far Hills Races on Oct. 20, Detroit Blues will be ridden ... Read more
  • Virginia Connections In This Weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Championships Four horses with Virginia connections will compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd. Catholic Boy is set to compete in the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday and a face a star studded field in his toughest test yet. He is 8-1 early and will be amongst a field of 14. Catholic Boy gave his trainer Jonathan Thomas, a Virginia native,  his first career black-type victory when he won the Grade 3 With Anticipation Stakes last summer at Saratoga. The colt then handed his conditioner a pair of Grade one scores when he ... Read more
  • Doc Cebu, Optimus Prime, Capture Co-Features Saturday At Great Meadow’s Gold Cup Card The following appeared on National Steeplechase Association’s website and was written by Don Clippinger. Doc Cebu and jockey Hadden Frost played cat and mouse with Le Chevalier for the first three miles of Saturday’s International Gold Cup before decisively ending the game and drawing away to a 5 1/4-length victory in the National Steeplechase Association’s richest fall timber race. The victory, worth $45,000 to last year’s timber champion, propelled the eight-year-old Hard Spun gelding into the lead for this year’s timber title with only one weekend of timber racing remaining on the 2018 schedule. Now owned by Charles Fenwick Jr., Michael Hankin, and ... Read more
  • Jump Ship Favored In $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship Saturday At Great Meadow The annual International Gold Cup card is slated for Saturday October 27th at Great Meadow and for the first time ever, wagering will be available on the entire combined steeplechase/flat program via www.XpressBet.com and at the four Virginia Bets Off Track Betting Centers. Betting has been available on site at Great Meadow for a number of years now. Post time for the eight race card in The Plains, Virginia is 12 Noon. Five steeplechase events will be contested first including co-headliners — the $75,000 International Gold Cup and $75,000 “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial. A trio of flat races will finish things out starting with a ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred Boldor Wins Career Debut October 25th At Keeneland The following appeared in the Thoroughbred Daily News October 26th. Boldor is a Virginia-bred that made his career bow October 25th at Keeneland. He was bred by Carlos Moore and Jill Moore and is trained by Steve Asmussen. Boldor is by Munnings, out of Senate Caucus by Siphon. Boldor (Munnings) played second fiddle pari-mutuelly to fellow first-starter Super Steed (Super Saver), but the $700,000 OBS April graduate managed to hold off his better-backed rival to post a very impressive debut success and become a “Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN) Rising Star”. Drawn gate two, the burly bay colt–the 4.40-1 third choice-jumped well and made ... Read more
  • Virginia-Certified Horse Follow The Dog Captures $101,000 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes Follow The Dog because the latest Virginia Certified horse to collect multiple bonus checks courtesy of a pair of recent victories at Laurel Park. The two-year-old Maryland-bred colt connected in a $40,000 maiden special weight race September 14th, then captured the $101,000 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes this past weekend. Prior to that first win, Follow The Dog finished second in his career bow on August 12th and again actually in that September 14th maiden race. Passcode, winner of that second race,  interfered with Follow The Dog early on and was disqualified and placed second instead. As a result, Follow The Dog got bumped up a notch to win and bagged a $6,000 Certified bonus as well. “For his third ... Read more