• Virginia’s Horse Breeding and Racing Industry Produces Over $542 Million Economic Impact Edit
    Study Highlights the Economic Benefits of Horse Breeding and Racing  Throughout the State  RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 12, 2021 – “And they’re off…” When it comes to the horse racing industry in Virginia and the economic impact it is generating, that’s an appropriate metaphor. According to a newly released study, the industry generated an estimated economic impact of $542.1 million in the Commonwealth in 2019. “What we’re finding is that jobs are coming back, horse racing related expenditures are up, and tax revenue to the state is increasing,” said John Hannum, Executive Director of the Virginia Equine Alliance. “These are all very positive signs that the racing industry is moving in the right direction and benefiting the Commonwealth’s agribusiness and related businesses. Racing was at ...
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  • 2021 Triple Crown Series Kicks Off With The Kentucky Derby On Saturday May 1
    Thoroughbred Racing’s Triple Crown Series returns to its normal date pattern this year after a 2020 season that saw Covid-related issues force the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to run in fall, and without spectators. The Kentucky Derby kicks off the Series May 1, followed by the Preakness on May 15 and the Belmont on June 5. Derby Day of course is highlighted by the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. Post time for the “Run for the Roses” is 6:57 PM. Churchill Downs will card a trio of additional Grade I stakes on the under card — the $1 ...
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  • Virginia-Owned Extravagant Kid Wins Grade 1 Al Quoz Stakes In Dubai
    The following appeared on Horse Racing Nation March 27 and was written by Ron Flatter. Extravagant Kid is a Kentucky-bred horse owned by Virginia businessman David Ross, who also is President of the Virginia HBPA. Extravagant Kid won the Grade 1, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint Stakes in Dubai March 27 in his 50th career start. His 36th lifetime start was a winning effort in the 2019 Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs.     Trainer Brendan Walsh has sent exactly two horses to Dubai World Cup night. They have both won. With Ryan Moore riding on the grandstand side of the track, ...
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  • Winner’s Pictures From the Piedmont Hounds Point-To-Point March 20 In Upperville
    Weekend #2 of the spring Point-to-Point season took place at the Salem Course in Upperville March 20 with the Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point which featured seven races. A total of 42 horses participated. Below are pictures from the festivities courtesy of Douglas Lees, who graciously provides them for our use. A complete list of results and future meet dates can be found at centralentryoffice.com.  
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  • Virginia Raised Sadler’s Joy Set To Compete In Grade 2 Pan American Stakes March 27
    Four years after earning the first graded-stakes victory of his long career in the same race, Woodslane Farm’s Grade 1 winner Sadler’s Joy returns looking to snap a nine-race losing streak in Saturday’s $200,000 Pan American (G2) presented by Rood and Riddle at Gulfstream Park. The 60th running of the 1 ½-mile Pan American for 4-year-olds and up on turf is part of a blockbuster program that includes 10 stakes, six graded, worth $1.85 million anchored by the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa, one of the country’s premier Triple Crown preps. Sadler’s Joy is owned by ...
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  • Important Updates For The Virginia-Certified Residency Program
    IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR THE VIRGINIA-CERTIFIED PROGRAM The Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) is announcing two very important changes to the Virginia-Certified Program effective 4/1/2021. These changes will affect all horses currently registered in the Virginia-Certified Program (horses registered prior to 4/1/2021) as well as those that are registered on or after 4/1/2021. 1.    As of 4/1/2021, when a registered Virginia-Certified horse wins an eligible race in the Mid-Atlantic region (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, WV & VA) the Virginia-Certified bonus will be paid to the person or entity that owned the horse when it made its first start, from now on referred to as the ...
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  • Meet Virginia Horse Owner & Breeder Larry Johnson, Whose True Valour Will Compete In Dubai
    What are the odds that two Virginia-based horse owners could see their charges square off against each other — in Dubai? The longshot proposition will indeed happen when Larry Johnson’s True Valour and David Ross’s Extravagant Kid compete in Saturday’s (March 27) $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Raceourse in Dubai. The six-furlong straight turf race will be contested at 9:30 AM (EDT), several hours before the featured $12 million Dubai World Cup takes center stage. Much has been written about Extravagant Kid, whose second place finish in the February 13 Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds pushed the 8-year-old Kiss The ...
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  • Secretariat’s Virtual Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 26, 27
    SECRETARIAT Virtual BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – MARCH 26-27 Online Gathering to Honor Birth of 1973 Triple Crown Champion For the second consecutive year the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Meadow will not take place due to the continued COVID challenges. However, we are delighted to announce a virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook will take place March 26-27 to continue our tradition of honoring the birth of a racing legend. Co-hosts for the online festivities will be Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of the Meadow’s Penny Chenery, and Leeanne Meadows Ladin, former tourism manager at Meadow Event Park and co-author along with Ms. Tweedy of the award-winning book Secretariat’s Meadow – ...
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  • Virginia-Bred Chess Chief Rallies to Grade 2 New Orleans Classic Win On March 20
    The following appeared in bloodhorse.com March 21 and was written by Bob Ehalt. Virginia-bred Chess Chief earned his fourth career victory March 20 at Fair Grounds in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (Gr. 2) in nice come from behind fashion. The 5-year-old Into Mischief horse has now earned $632,084. He was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm.    When trainer Dallas Stewart looked over the past performances for the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) and noticed a distinct lack of early speed, there was little he could do to boost the chances of his mid-pack runner, Chess Chief. “You just have to ...
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  • Online Betting Handle Up 42% In 2021 So Far; Major Derby Prep Races Are On Deck
    A total horse racing handle of $9,450,356 was wagered by Virginians via four online wagering partner companies in the month of February, a sizeable boost over the $7,093,550 recorded for the same month a year ago. The upward trend of online activity has continued into the new year, after 2020 saw a 56.4% increase in business. TVG led the way in February with a handle of $5,239,968. When added to January’s $5.7 million figure, they are up 45.9% over the same two-month period from a year ago. Twin Spires, up 34% during the same time frame, handled $2,472,071 in February while ...
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