• Live Racing To Return At Virginia’s Colonial Downs Next Summer The following appeared in The Paulick Report and is a press release from Colonial Downs  Colonial Downs Group is pleased to announce licensing today by the Virginia Racing Commission to return live racing to the Commonwealth along with approval to open a 600-unit historic horse racing (HHR) operation in New Kent County. “Rosie’s” at Colonial Downs anticipates opening in mid-April, while Colonial Downs in conjunction with the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) plans to operate 15 thoroughbred racing dates in 2019. Live racing begins August 8 through September 7, with the stable area consisting of 1000 stalls, to open July 25. Further ... Read more
  • Virginia 2018 Handle On Horse Racing Is Up Over 4% Through November With one month to go in calendar year 2019, all source wagering handle from pari-mutuel activity in Virginia continues to trend ahead of last year. Through November, a total of $108,878,114 has been bet on horse racing on track, at the four in-state Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers and via four partner on line betting companies that operate in the Commonwealth. The eleven month handle figure in 2017 was $93,980,969. Combined OTB handle from the four in-state sites in Henrico (Breakers Sports Grille), Richmond (Ponies & Pints), Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Collinsville (The Windmill OTB Sports Grill) is $30,121,428. ... Read more
  • Million Dollar-Plus Earning Virginia-Bred Long On Value Is Retired The following appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News December 7th. Grade I-winning millionaire Long On Value (Value Plus–Long Message, by Orientate) will stand in Florida at Pleasant Acres Stallions for $2,500 for the 2019 breeding season. “Helen and I are excited to have the millionaire, Long On Value, join our roster here at Pleasant Acres Stallions, said Pleasant Acres’ owner Joe Barbazon. “He brings stamina and resilience on dirt or turf–going short or long. Breeders should find a lot to like about Long on Value.” Winner of the 2014 GII Twilight Derby and 2015 GIII Canadian Turf S. during his tenure for Hall of ... Read more
  • Celebrate First Anniversary Of Buckets OTB In Chesapeake December 7, 8 Racing fans are invited to celebrate the first anniversary of the Virginia Bets Off Track Betting Center at Buckets Bar & Grill on Friday December 7th and Saturday December 8th. The event will feature $500 in prize drawings, free programs, a free buffet and a free handicapping contest with $1,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. On Friday, enjoy a free appetizer buffet from 4-7 PM as a thank you to both racing fans and restaurant/bar patrons for making Buckets a great success. There will be hourly prize drawings for $50 betting vouchers from 1-10 PM and past performance programs will ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs Plans Rich 2019 Fall Meet To Kick Off Revival The following appeared in The Daily Racing Form and wax written by Matt Hegarty. In 2013, Colonial Downs, Virginia’s only Thoroughbred track, went out with a whimper. In 2019, the track plans to come back with a bang. Buoyed by new ownership and the prospect of tens of millions of dollars of annual revenue from an exclusive license to operate devices similar to slot machines in the state, the track is planning to hold 15 days of live racing next fall, with the potential to offer as much as $500,000 a day in purses. The next year, the track is planning a 30-day ... Read more
  • Racing Revival Article In Richmond Magazine Racing Revival With Colonial Downs set to reopen in New Kent, Virginia officials hope off-site gambling will boost the equine industry by Gary Robertson November 28, 2018 Illustration by Iain Duffus The Virginia General Assembly approved expansion of horse-race gambling this year by endorsing legislation to permit historical horse racing, which involves electronic betting terminals that allow gamblers to wager on prerecorded races. The terminals are  described as a hybrid of slot machines and traditional parimutuel wagering, in which participants’ bets go into a pool that is shared by winners. Richmond City Council nudged horse-race gambling closer to the starting gate in late September, when it ... Read more
  • Greyvitos To Enter Return Race; May Target Grade I Malibu The following appeared in Horse Racing Nation’s website this week. Greyvitos is a 3 year old Virginia-bred colt who has won $319,345 from six career starts. He was bred by Audley Farm Equine and is by Malibu Moon out of Snow Top Mountain by Najran. Graded stakes winner Greyvitos could head postward again as soon as Sunday at Del Mar, trainer Adam Kitchingman said, after the 3-year-old Malibu Moon’s break from the races dating back to May. Kitchingman is eyeing a 6 ½-furlong allowance optional claiming event on Del Mar’s closing day for Greyvitos, who got back on the work tab in October. “It just depends ... Read more
  • Former VTA Board Member and Prominent Horsemen Bruce Smart Passes Away at 95 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Bruce Smart, a former VTA Board member and prominent horseman, who passed away over the holiday weekend. One of Mr. Smart’s greatest horse achievements was that he bought Grade I winner Flower Alley as a weanling  and later sold him to Eugene Melnyk for $165,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling sale. Flower Alley went on to win multiple graded stakes including the Grade 1, Travers at Saratoga.  After he retired to stud, Flower Alley sired Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another.   Stephen Bruce Smart, Jr., a longtime business executive, government official, ... Read more
  • Colonial Downs plans June 2019 opening for new gambling facility in South Richmond BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing. They unfurled a “Coming Soon” banner outside the former big-box store off Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday to herald the expected June 2019 opening of the first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, a horse betting facility officials called a major boost to a part of the city that’s often overlooked. “We are excited about one of the largest economic development deals to take place in the Ninth District in years,” ... Read more
  • Horseshoe Hills Farm’s Stephanie Nixon Appointed To The Virginia Racing Commission Stephanie Nixon, long time Board member of both the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Virginia Racing Commission effective November 2nd. She will replace the vacant Commissioner’s seat previously held by Dr. Charles Steger, who passed away on May 6th. Nixon owns Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland where she has broke, owned, bred and raised horses for all of her adult life. At the age of one, her father purchased a cabin in Ashland from a doctor friend and moved the family from the City of ... Read more