• Virginia-Certified Filly By Outwork Takes Grand Champion Honors at Virginia Yearling Futurity
    The annual Virginia Thoroughbred Association Yearling Futurity took place September 8th at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds under clear skies, comfortable temperatures and $35,000 in prize money on the line. Four divisions were contested — Virginia-bred/sired colts/gelding and fillies, and Virginia-certified colts/geldings and fillies — and the top two finishers from each returned to compete for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion honors. Congratulations to Djuric Sporthorses LLC, Anna M. Simms DVM and Patrick Nuesch’s bay Certified filly by Outwork, who took Grand Champion honors shortly after winning the Certified-Fillies category, final class of the morning’s festivities. The victorious filly is ...
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  • Colonial Track Records Fall In MATCH Series Stakes
    The following appeared in The Racing Biz on August 23 and was written by Frank Vespe. How fast was the dirt track at Colonial Downs Monday afternoon? The track played host to five dirt races and all five – a first-level allowance and four $100,000 stakes that are part of the MATCH Series – produced track records. One of those track records – Cordmaker’s 1:40.45 for 1 1/16 miles – lasted all of about 49 minutes, as two races later, Saracosa lowered that mark to 1:39.72. Pretty fast. Just Might (#8) edges Mucho in the $100,000 Chesapeake Stakes. Coady Photography. Perhaps the day’s highlight was ...
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  • First Lady of Virginia Praises ‘Vision’ of Horse Therapy Center
    Blue Mountain Therapy co-founder Clint Waddell introduces members of his staff to Virginia first lady Pamela Northam before touring the new location. Northam was visiting students and child care providers in Southwest Virginia. David Crigger | Bristol Herald Courier Blue Mountain Therapy co-founder Clint Waddell gives Virginia first lady Pamela Northam a tour of their new location in the former Dixie Pottery retail location. Pictured, Northam looks over a fly fishing boat used by the therapy group. Northam was visiting students and child care providers in Southwest Virginia. The following appeared in the Bristol Herald Courier. Joe Tennis ABINGDON, Va. — ...
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  • MATCH Series Retuns to Colonial Downs With Four $100,000 Stakes On Monday, Aug. 23
    Edit AUGUST 18, 2021 – Strong fields have been assembled for the four Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) Monday, Aug. 23, at Colonial Downs, which returns to the series for the first time since 2001.The Virginia track will host four $100,000 stakes in each MATCH Series division for 2021: the Chesapeake (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt), Seeking the Pearl (Filly and Mare Sprint—Dirt), Victory Gallop (3-Year-Olds and Up Long—Dirt) and Love Sign (Filly and Mare Long—Dirt). First post time for the pari-mutuel program is 1:45 p.m., with a pair of non-wagering steeplechase events beginning at 12:15 p.m.    Chesapeake Stakes – The six-furlong Chesapeake attracted the ...
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  • Colonial Downs, Home of the Secretariat Turf Course, Finds More Takers Of Late For Its 1 1/4 Miles Dirt Oval 
    When Colonial Downs ushered in thoroughbred racing in 1997, every race during that first meet was held on dirt since the track’s signature Secretariat Turf Course was not yet ready for use. A year later, Penny Chenery cut a ceremonial ribbon to inaugurate the 180-foot wide grass surface and since then, Colonial Downs has been synonymous with turf racing. The track generally hosts 80% of its races over the massive oval which is 1 1/8 miles around at its outermost rail setting.  Colonial’s dirt track will play host to four $100,000 MATCH Series stakes races on Monday August 23. Last Wednesday, Colonial ...
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  • Secretariat Colonial Downs Day At The Races Scheduled for Monday August 30
    Ticketing is now open for the upcoming Secretariat Day at the Races , Monday August 30 at Colonial Downs racetrack! Join Kate Tweedy, Leeanne Ladin, Jocelyn Russell and the Secretariat.com team on for all the action taking place at the track in New Kent, Virginia. Big Red fans near and far are invited to join this festive gathering for an exploratory conversation to commemorate Secretariat with his own bronze statue in Virginia, his birth state. The event begins when gates open at 12:45 p.m at the track’s exclusive fourth floor clubhouse Sky Suites overlooking the historic Secretariat Turf Course. A luncheon buffet and cash ...
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  • Cavalier Cupid Captures the $100,000 Keswick Stakes; Wins Second Time at Colonial Summer Meet
    Big Lick Farm’s Cavalier Cupid became the first horse to win two times at the current Colonial Downs summer meet when she captured the $100,000 Keswick Stakes for Virginia restricted 2-year-old fillies Monday afternoon. The race was one of three turf sprint stakes on the card that included the Hickory Tree for 2-year-olds — also Virginia restricted — and the Da Hoss, which was postponed from last Monday due to a thunderstorm. Cavalier Cupid won a maiden special weight opening day at the meet July 19 and wheeled back Monday, just two weeks later, and ran a similar race with higher stakes ...
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  • Virginia Equine Veterinarian, Owner Dr. Doug Daniels Elected National HBPA President
    Horse owner and equine veterinarian Dr. Doug Daniels has been elected president of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, which represents thoroughbred racing owners and trainers through affiliates in a number of states. Daniels, who was unopposed for the National HBPA presidency, has been vice president of the Virginia HBPA and a member of the National HBPA’s executive committee since 2019. He succeeds Leroy Gessmann, who had been president since 2015. In addition to his own Virginia Equine PLLC veterinary practice, Daniels has and continues to work for the Virginia Racing Commission when needed as a regulatory veterinarian at the ...
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  • Jockey Maria Rosana Scaldaferri Wins First Race In America Wednesday at Colonial Downs
    Jockey Maria Rosana Scaldaferri, a native of Pergamino, Aregentina, reached the winners circle for the first time ever in America Wednesday afternoon (July 21) in the opening week finale at Colonial Downs, which ushered in its annual summer season on Monday. The 30-year-old rider had been winless in 27 U.S. starts until the ninth on Wednesday when she piloted Leanne Hester’s homebred Tempting Moment to a gate-to-wire effort at odds of 15-1. The 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint attracted a field of thirteen $10,000 claimers who competed for a $25,000 purse. Hester’s 6-year-old Gone Clubbing gelding led by 1 1/2 lengths early on, ...
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  • Colonial Downs Opens Its Racing Season With Record Opening Day Handle
    Colonial Downs kicked off its 2021 racing season Monday with a record opening day handle of $2.66 million, spurred by a four-pack of $100,000 Virginia-restricted turf stakes races, and the return of fans to the New Kent track now in its third year under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group. “We would like to thank the horsemen, our fans on and off site and our team for starting the meet on the right foot,” said John Marshall, Executive VP Operations for the Colonial Downs Group. “What a delight it was to see 2,500 fans at Colonial Downs on a Monday afternoon ...
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