• Health Alert From Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center On May 16, 2018, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in one horse at a sport horse farm in Fauquier County northern Virginia. The horse first showed mild neurologic signs on May 10 and was directly admitted into the isolation unit at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center on May 16, 2018. The EMC is not under quarantine and is operating normally. The farm in Fauquier County is under quarantine and all exposed horses are being monitored twice daily for fever (temperature over 101.50 F) and other clinical signs. ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred & Virginia Raised/Owned Horses To Compete In Saturday’s Grade I Man O’War Stakes It may be the bye week between the Derby and Preakness, but it doesn’t look like it based on Belmont’s card this Saturday. They have a stakes filled program highlighted by the $700,000 Man o’ War Stakes (Gr. I), which features Virginia-bred One Go All Go and Virginia-raised/owned Sadler’s Joy.  It is the 11th on Belmont’s card and will go off at 6:50 PM. Bet the action at a Virginia Bets OTB in Richmond, Henrico, Chesapeake and Collinsville, or bet on line via TVG.com, XpressBet.com, TwinSpires.com and NYRABets.com. Parity has been the name of the game in the turf male ranks thus far in ... Read more
  • Virginia Rules At Virginia Gold Cup The following appeared on the National Steeplechase Association’s website and was written by Don Clippinger. Virginia ruled at Saturday’s 93rd edition of the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup when Virginia-bred Zanclus led from the early stages of the four-mile timber classic and won by 3 3/4 lengths for his Virginia owner-breeder and Virginia-based trainer with Virginia resident Kieran Norris in the saddle. Just for good measure, Virginia-owned Personal Start surged to victory in the afternoon’s featured hurdle race, the $75,000 David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 1) for Virginia-based trainer Richard Valentine. Nothing was fishy about Zanclus’ front-running victory in the Virginia Gold Cup even though ... Read more
  • Virginia’s Horse Industry Praises Bipartisan Efforts To Reopen Colonial Downs Virginia’s Horse Industry Praises Bipartisan Efforts to Reopen Colonial Downs rseVirginia Equine Alliance points to statewide benefits from track’s resurrection  Richmond, April 27, 2018 – The nonprofit statewide association that represents horse-related businesses throughout the Commonwealth is praising the recently signed legislation that will lead to the reopening of Colonial Downs in 2019. The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) says that the resurrection of the New Kent County track, closed since 2014, will lead to a revival of Virginia’s horse racing, breeding, training and other commercial and agricultural enterprises involving horses. “The General Assembly and the governor are to be commended for their support ... Read more
  • Virginia’s Colonial Downs Purchase Official; “Our Industry Has Hope Again”. The following appeared in The Paulick Report April 26th. Revolutionary Racing, together with partner Peninsula Pacific, today officially closed on the purchase of Colonial Downs, Virginia’s only horoughbred racing venue. The racetrack was purchased from its developer and long-time owner, Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. The purchase price was in excess of $20 million. The facility has been closed since 2014. Today’s purchase marks a major step toward bringing horse racing back to the Commonwealth, and is a direct result of the passage of HB 1609, a bill to allow for historical horse racing in Virginia, by the General Assembly during this past ... Read more
  • 2018 Virginia-Bred & Sired Racing Series In Maryland Approved By Virginia Racing Commission Dates Announced For 2018 Virginia-Bred Racing Series In Maryland; Trainer/Owner Bonus Program Added To The Series  The series of Virginia-bred or sired thoroughbred races in Maryland that has been so popular the past several years will return again in 2018 and will feature a new format. Previously, the three separate Saturday programs shared a combination of stakes and maiden events. The new version will offer maiden races on Friday and stakes exclusively on Saturday. A total of 18 races will be carded — 13 stakes at $75,000 and five maiden races at $40,000 apiece. Saturday stakes days are scheduled for June 23rd (Edward Evans, White Oak Farm, Tyson Gilpin & Nellie ... Read more
  • Iselin’s, Keswick Stables and Audley Farm Top The List Of 2017 Leading Virginia Breeders Iselin’s, Keswick Stables and Audley Farm Top The List Of 2017 Leading Virginia Breeders     The list of top Virginia breeders by 2017 purse winnings has been announced, and horses bred by Mr. & Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III led the way with $934,958 in earnings. Their American Dubai kicked off the year with four straight wins at Sunland Park and by year’s end, had bankrolled $332,310 from nine “in the money” finishes. Other top Iselin-bred performers included Hold Me Black ($63,856), Swordfish ($60,654) and Drop Dead Red ($42,870). Sadly, Mr. Iselin passed away in November. Stellar Wind, 2017 Virginia-bred Horse of the Year and Champion Dirt Mare, scored a natural hat trick with three consecutive Grade ... Read more
  • Virginia Residency Program Provides Full Barns, And A Future. The following was written by Nick Hahn and appeared in The Racing Biz on April 12th. Call it a one-two punch. Governor Ralph Northam’s signing of House Bill 1609 that allows historical horse racing at Colonial Downs and satellite facilities is the second step of a Virginia Thoroughbred industry revitalization process that actually began with a promising incentive program launched last year that is already having visible benefits. Historical racing is a form a wagering that allows players to bet on previously run races without knowing which races they are wagering on, creating a slot machine-like outcome. Advocates project the machines could generate ... Read more
  • Virginia Governor Signs Historic Horse Racing Bill The following appeared in The Paulick Report April 10, 2018. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday signed House Bill 1609, Returning Horse Racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. A statement from the governor’s office stated: The governor was pleased to sign this bill, which will enable the return of horse racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. At the same time, the governor issued an executive directive outlining priorities he would like to see reflected in the regulations that the Virginia Racing Commission will develop. These priorities include extensive stakeholder and public engagement and placement of reasonable limitations on the proliferation of gaming ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred 2017 Horse of the Year Stellar Wind In Ireland – To Be Bred to Galileo Champion mare was bought for $ 6 million at Keeneland November sale. By Eric Mitchell March 26, 2018 Multiple grade 1 winner Stellar Wind, who M.V. Magnier purchased for $6 million at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, was exported to Ireland and will be bred to leading European sire Galileo, Coolmore associates confirmed March 26. Export records show the mare was shipped to Ireland March 9. Stellar Wind, a 6-year-old daughter of Curlin  out of the winning Malibu Moon  daughter Evening Star, was bred in Virginia by Keswick Stables and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. She sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling ... Read more