• State Ag Secretary Job ‘Dream Come True’ For Lohr
    The following appeared at Harrisonburg’s Daily News-Record and was written by Ian Munro. MAUZY — Fifth-generation Rockingham County farmer Matt Lohr stopped for a moment and pointed at the two-story white home on the other side of the small valley between the inclines on his farm. He was gesturing to the home he grew up in, and a moment later, turned to face the home his father was born in. It was clear the land he was standing on off Valley Pike north of Lacey Spring is chock-full of Lohr family roots. Lohr’s newest job as Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry will have ...
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  • Virginia-Certified Horses Chowda, Lobsta Cooking Up a Storm in New York
    The following appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Both Chowda and Lobsta are Virginia-Certified horses that spent six-month residencies at a Virginia farm or training center before they started racing. For each win in the Mid-Atlantic region, their owner gets a 25% bonus on top of the purse earnings they receive.  By Bill Finley When John Jayko, the owner of Fedwell Farms, first approached Eddie Fazzone about an unraced New York-bred 2-year-old he had for sale, Fazzone had modest expectations. Fazzone, the owner of Eddie F’s Eatery in Saratoga Springs, didn’t have a lot of money to spend and ...
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  • Colonial Downs Stakes Winners & Others Set to Compete in Stakes at Fair Grounds
    Edit Colonial Downs racing fans will see some familiar horses Saturday (January 22) at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans where their graded Derby prep — the Lecomte Stakes (Gr. 3) — headlines a 6-pack of stakes on a massive 14-race card. Wagering on Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will also be available from Friday – Sunday.  Just Might (outside) captures the Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial (Coady Photography) In the $100,000 Duncan F. Fenner Stakes, Just Might, winner of the Chesapeake and Da Hoss Stakes last summer in New Kent, will square off against another Colonial champ — ...
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  • From Longtime Landfill Blooms ‘The Rose’: Officials Break Ground on Dumfries’ New Gaming ‘Resort’
    By Aileen M. Streng Contributing Writer. This piece appeared at the princewilliamtimes.com Jan 11, 2022  From left: Dumfries Town Councilman Tyrone Brown, Va. state Sen. Scott Surovell, Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler, Brent Stevens and Jonathan Swain, of Colonial Downs Group, Dumfries Mayor Derrick Wood and Dumfries Town Councilwoman Monae Nickerson join a Jan. 11 ground-breaking ceremony for “The Rose” gaming facility in Dumfries. By Aileen Streng Prosperity is coming to Dumfries and Prince William County, according to those who spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday morning for “The Rose Gaming Resort,” a nearly $400 million gaming facility, hotel ...
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  • Virginia-Bred Largent Launches Comeback in Tropical Turf Jan. 8
    One-mile turf stakes for older horses headlines Jan. 8th 11-race card. The following appeared at Bloodhorse.com January 7. Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ grade 2 winner Largent , unraced since being beaten a neck in last year’s Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes (G1T), returns to Gulfstream Park to launch his long-awaited comeback in the Jan. 8 $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3T). The 44th running of the one-mile Tropical Turf for 4-year-olds and up serves as the headliner on an 11-race program that begins at noon. Largent (#1) en route to a tight victory in the Bert Allen Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue. “We’ve given ...
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  • Seven Virginia Certified Horses Usher in New Year with Wins at Aqueduct & Laurel
    Edit Congratulations to seven Virginia-Certified horses that welcomed 2022 in with big wins at Laurel and Aqueduct over the 4-day holiday weekend period that ran from December 30 – January 2. Serenade Soldier and Bustin Bay both scored at Aqueduct. The former, a 3-year-old War Dancer filly bred in New York, was best in a $43,000 maiden claiming race at 6 1/2 furlongs. She won by 3 3/4 lengths after going off at odds of 11-1 with Jose Lezcano in the irons. It was just her second career start.  Serenade Soldier wins a $43,000 maiden claimer at Aqueduct on New Years Day (Coglianese ...
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  • Mark Your Calendars; Dates Are Set for Many of Virginia’s 2022 Racing Events
    Mark your 2022 calendars for these great thoroughbred, steeplechase and harness racing events in the Commonwealth. Action kicks off in late winter/early spring with a series of Point-to-Point steeplechase events followed by a trio of NSA sanctioned jump meets, an expanded 9-week pari-mutuel thoroughbred season at Colonial Downs in New Kent, a 4-day harness race meet during the Shenandoah County Fair, an extended pari-mutuel harness campaign at Shenandoah Downs and a four-pack of NSA sanctioned fall jump meets. Menacing Dennis (ridden by Shane Crimin) and Feisty (ridden by Jacob Roberts) compete in the Orange County Point-to-Point’s Open Hurdle in 2019. Photo by ...
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  • Colonial Downs: Stories That Mattered In 2021
    The following was written by Nick Hahn and appeared at theracingbiz.com website. The year just completed, 2021, really felt like a breakthrough for Virginia racing in many ways. Colonial Downs completed a banner meet, local horsemen were able to thrive, and racing stakeholders planted some seeds that should bear fruit in the years to come. Here are 10 stories that mattered in 2021: 10) HOME IN THE COMMONWEALTH The Virginia Certified Residency Program has become a huge boon to horsemen located on numerous small farms throughout Virginia. One example: Braeburn Farm located in Crozet, was toiling during Colonial’s six-year absence from racing but has ...
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  • Virginia-Bred Chess Chief Edges Happy American in the Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds
    The following appeared in the Daily Racing Form was written by Marcus Hersh. Chess Chief, bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm, was making his 30th career start. With the stakes win, the 5-year-old Into Mischief gelding’s bankroll rose to $810,338. Something – a dazzling spell, a sense of lightness and well-being – must descend upon the 5-year-old horse Chess Chief whenever the horse trailer in which he’s riding crosses into Orleans Parrish and makes its way onto the Fair Grounds backstretch.  In 20 starts outside New Orleans, Chess Chief never has won. Zero, zilch, nada. But at Fair Grounds, his beloved ...
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  • Six-Pack of Virginia-Bred Horses Reach Winners Circle with Holiday Season Scores
    Congratulations to six Virginia-bred horses who won pre-holiday races at tracks around the country in mid-December. Repo Rocks had the biggest win of all — in an $82,000 allowance race at Aqueduct which boosted his career bankroll to $206,071. The 3-year-old Tapiture gelding was best of 11 in a 6 1/2-furlong dirt test. Bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III and winner of two straight in New York, Repo Rocks is out of the Not For Love mare, Hawaiian Love. From 12 starts in 2021, he has 3 wins, 3 runner-up finishes and 2 thirds with $181,846 in earnings. Virginia-bred Repo Rocks won ...
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