• 5 Virginia-Breds Connect For Their First Career Wins; One Go All Go Nearly Wins A Grade 2 Stakes Five Virginia-bred horses notched their first career wins this past week in a period that saw eight overall victories, while another come within a head of winning a Grade 2 stakes race. Returntasenda, Sophie’s Angel, Late Action, First Ballot and Ferdinanda all got their pictures taken for the first time. Returntasenda kicked off the five-pack with a dominating gate-to-wire effort at Charles Town. The 4 year old Wiseman’s Ferry filly won by 7 1/2 lengths at the 4 1/2 furlong distance. She is trained by Reid Nagle and bred/owned by the Big Lick Farm. The filly, out of Boring by Read the Footnotes, broke through in ... Read more
  • Charlie Davis, Exercise Rider For Secretariat, Battling Lung Cancer The Secretariat Team announced today that Charlie Davis, the colorful and engaging exercise rider for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer and will immediately begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments to combat it. “Charlie is in good spirits and ready to take on this challenge,” said Leonard Lusky, spokesman for the Secretariat Team. “His family and friends have rallied around him, and we stand ready to do what we can to help.” Davis, who turns 78 next month, has regularly made appearances at racing venues, the Secretariat Festival and other events to the delight of generations ... Read more
  • Stellar Wind Again Named Top Mid-Atlantic Horse or the second time in three years, Stellar Wind has been chosen as the top horse bred in the mid-Atlantic region in the final Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll. One year after narrowly losing out to Maryland-bred Cathryn Sophia for Top Midlantic-bred honors, Stellar Wind, a Virginia-bred, edged Mor Spirit to take the 2017 laurels. <a href=”http://ads.bloodhorse.com/servlet/click/zone?zid=473&cid=7421&mid=18150&pid=0&sid=8&uuid=fb6a0e1045c047672d743868683d6714&ip=70.89.239.22&default=false&random=55737804&timestamp=20180113132722&test=false&resolution=1456×635&custom2=todays-headlines%2Cthoroughbred-racing%2Cthoroughbred-breeding%2Cindustry-press-releases%2Cmid-atlantic-region&keywords=mid-atlantic%2Cmidlantic%2Cstellar-wind&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fbloodhorse.com%2Fhorse-racing%2Farticles%2F225528%2Fstellar-wind-again-named-top-mid-atlantic-horse&redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.obssales.com%2F” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”OBS Sales”><img src=”https://adserver.bloodhorse.com/images/OBS/OBS_12.1.17_Backup_300x250.jpg” style=”width: 300px; height: 250px; border: 0px solid; ” alt=”OBS Sales”></a> The Mid-Atlanic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll is comprised of nearly 30 media members and other participants in mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred racing. The top seven horses combined to ... Read more
  • The Legacy of Visionary Breeder “Ned” Evans Is Burning Brighter Than Ever The following piece was written by Nancy Sexton As the ultimate American racing showpiece, the Breeders’ Cup can be relied upon to provide its share of threads for discussion. That is especially true from the perspective of those in the bloodstock industry, who walked away from this year’s event having seen it again pay tribute to More Than Ready, the sire of two winners in Roy H (Sprint) and Rushing Fall (Juvenile Fillies’ Turf), as well as Clarkland Farm’s wonderful producer Leslie’s Lady, the dam of Into Mischief and Beholder, whose latest 2-year-old, Mendelssohn, enriched the mare’s stud record yet further by ... Read more
  • Free $500 Handicapping Contest Set For Sat. Jan 13 at Richmond’s Breakers OTB; Contest Races Announced $500 in cash prizes will be up for grabs in a free handicapping contest at Breakers Sports Grille on the Saturday of Martin Luther King holiday weekend — January 13th. Fans will get a chance to select a horse in 8 contest races. They will receive a mythical $2 win/place bet on each of those selections. The contestants that accumulate the five highest bankrolls will share in the $500 prize pool as follows: 1st – $250;  2nd – $125;  3rd – $60;  4th – $40; 5th – $25   Here are the 8 contest races, in post time order. The first contest race is at ... Read more
  • Toccet’s Charm Wins For 22nd Time In 88th Start; Sticksstatelydude Set To Compete In Oaklawn’s Opening Day Featured Stakes Ten year old Toccet’s Charm made his 88th career start on New Years Eve and came away with his 22nd career victory and 53rd “in the money” finish.   The consistent gelding has only one finish worse than third in his last 12 starts between outings at Hastings Park, Emerald Downs and Turf Paradise. His tight one-half length triumph on December 31st came at the latter in Phoenix, Arizona in a one mile race. Bred by Audley Farm Inc., the son of Toccet came six wide from fourth at the head of the stretch and broke a string of five straight second place finishes. He is out of ... Read more
  • “Tuesday Talks” Scheduled At Marion Dupont Scott Equine Medical Center In Leesburg E-News from Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center     “Tuesday Talks” The first in a series of four “Tuesday Talks” will be held at the Center on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Come and meet Dr. James Brown, Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery, who will present a lecture highlighting the use of standing computed tomography (CT) to diagnose equine paranasal sinus and upper airway conditions in the horse.  Recent availability of commercial standing computed tomography (CT) combined with the development of standing surgical procedures, permits efficient diagnosis and treatment of sinus and upper airway conditions in the horse.  This lecture-based discussion ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred Greyvitos Named Remington Park Horse Of The Year Greyvitos, the talented gray who won the $400,000 Springboard Mile by 2-1/4 lengths, has been voted the 2017 Remington Park Horse of the Meeting. The seasonal titles are determined by a vote of media that covered the season along with track and racing department officials. Owned by Triple B Farms of North Hollywood, Calif. and trained by Adam Kitchingman, Greyvitos was ridden to victory in the Springboard by National Racing Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza. Greyvitos, a Virginia-bred colt by Malibu Moon from the Najran mare Snow Top Mountain, overcame his outside number 12 post in the Springboard, to take ... Read more
  • Pegasus World Cup Remains ‘Targeted Race’ For Stellar Wind Champion Stellar Wind remains on course for a start in the G1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27. The Daily Racing Form reports that the chestnut mare is currently in training with trainer Chad Brown at Palm Meadows. Stellar Wind was purchased by Coolmore at the 2017 Keeneland November sale. The original plan was to retire her and breed her to American Pharoah this year. However, the plan changed shortly after purchasing the mare, and she was instead sent to Brown in Florida. “She continues to train well, and as of now, we’re moving forward towards the targeted race, which is the Pegasus,” ... Read more
  • All 3 Virginia Bets OTBs Are Open Today (Friday); Many Major Tracks Are Still Racing The snow and cold around the country has forced some tracks to cancel racing this week including today (Friday January 5th), but the good news is all three Virginia Bets Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers are open again with plenty of “good weather” tracks to showcase. For today, Aqueduct, Laurel, Monticello, Freehold, Penn National and Turfway have cancelled, but tracks like Gulfstream, Tampa Bay Downs, Fair Grounds, Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Delta Downs, Hawthorne, Meadowlands and Miami Valley are all a go. The OTBs in Richmond at Breakers Sports Grille and Ponies & Pints, along with the Buckets Bar & Grill OTB ... Read more