• Virginia-Bred Or Virginia-Certified Hips 1-300 In Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old Timonium Sale Hip #28- VA-Certified filly by Shakin It Up out of Appealing Jewel, went in 10.4 Consignor: Marshall W. Silverman Hip #29- VA-Certified colt by Maclean’s Music out of April, went in 10.3. Consignor: James Layden Hip #46- VA-Certified colt by Orb out of Black Escort, went 10.4. Consignor- White Pine Thoroughbreds Hip#56- VA-Certified filly by Speightstown by Bourbonstreetgirl, went in 10.2. Consignor- De Meric Sales. Hip #73- VA-Certified filly by Seville (GER) out of Cat Bird, went in 11.0. Consignor: White Pine Thoroughbreds Hip#109- VA-Certified colt by Bandbox out of Dear Rachel, went in 10.2. Consignor: Classic Bloodstock Hip  235- VA-Cerified filly by Constitution out of ... Read more
  • Virginia-Bred & Certified Horses At The Timonium Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Here are Virginia-Bred and Virginia-Certified horses that will appear at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-old sale at Timonium this coming Monday & Tuesday, May 20th and 21st. Hip 90 is a Virginia-bred by Uncle Mo out of Claire’s Song.  Top Line Sales is the Consignor. She was bred by Jim & Katie Fitzgerald. Hip 340 is a Virginia-bred filly by Midshipman out of Officer Pepper, went in 10.1 The Consignor is Cary Frommer and she was bred by Daybreak Stables. Hip 170 is a Virginia-Certified filly by Caro Prince out of Graceontour went in 10.2 She is consigned by Cary Frommer. Hip 47 ... Read more
  • Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale May 20-21 At Timonium Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training catalogue now online Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 600 entries for its Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.  “We will have a barn area full of two-year-olds once again next month in Timonium,” said Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett.  “Successful results in the sales ring and on the racetrack continue to improve the profile of this sale each year.  Our consignors have once again stepped up to support us with quality horses for buyers of all budgets.” Sales graduates continue to win the ... Read more
  • Doug Daniels’ Shelly Island Kicks Off Preakness Card At Pimlico With A Win Congratulations to Virginia horse owner Douglas Daniels, whose three-year-old gelding Shelly Island kicked off Preakness day festivities at Pimlico with a big win the first race! Shelly Island (inside) defeats Cyclobomb (outside) in the first race at Pimlico on Preakness Day. Photo by Jim McCue. The son of Caleb’s Posse was best in a $37,000 maiden claiming event that featured 13 horses. Shelly Island was in eighth at the 3/8ths mark, moved to fifth at the top of the stretch, then came on strong to beat Cyclobomb by 1 1/4 lengths at the finish. The victor completed the five ... Read more
  • Catholic Boy Back To Turf For Seasonal Debut In Grade 2 Dixie The following appeared in The Paulick Report on May 16th. Trainer Jonathan Thomas, a Virginia native and son of Virginia Equine Alliance Track Superintendent John Dale Thomas, will send his star horse Catholic Boy out in Saturday’s Grade 2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico. The race is part of a stellar undercard on Preakness Day. It has taken more than six months but Catholic Boy, a Grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf, will make his seasonal debut as he returns to grass in the $250,000 Maker’s Mark Dixie (G2) Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The 118th running of the 1 1/16-mile ... Read more
  • Derby Day Provides Glimpse of Exciting Future For Horse Racing In Virginia With two Colonial Downs – Rosie’s Gaming Emporium sites up and running in New Kent and Vinton and two more planned to open this year in Richmond (June) and Hampton (fall), the Virginia horse racing industry continues its rebirth in grand fashion.  The recent Kentucky Derby Day festivities at Rosie’s New Kent and the four VA-Horseplay OTBs only reinforced the direction where the industry is headed. The New Kent facility, which held an official grand opening celebration on May 3rd — Kentucky Oaks Day —  handled $147,748 on Derby Day. The four VA-Horseplay OTBs located in Richmond (Ponies & Pints), Henrico ... Read more
  • 100 Years Ago: Virginia’s Audley Farm Preserves Memory Of First Triple Crown Winner Sir Barton The following appeared in The Paulick Report May 14th. It was a hundred years ago that Sir Barton became the first horse to sweep what would become to be known as the Triple Crown. A small colt, Sir Barton won the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his first start as a 3-year-old, and then the Preakness Stakes (G1), Withers and Belmont Stakes (G1). After being named Horse of the Year in 1919 and racing through November of 1920 – and getting beat in a match race that Fall by Man o’ War – Sir Barton was retired and stood less than 100 ... Read more
  • VTA Member and former VRC chairman Robin Williams’ “The Key to the Quarter Pole” Now Available VTA member and former VRC chairman Robin Williams celebrated her award-winning novel, “The Key to the Quarter Pole” in April with a crowd of more than 125 horsemen and friends at the Deep Run Hunt Club. Read more
  • 8 Virginia-Certified Horses Win In The First Week In May Congratulations to eight Virginia-Certified horses who won a race in the Mid Atlantic region the first week of May! The respective victories provided their owners with a 25% bonus. Questionoftheday spent her residency at the Legacy Farm in Bluemont. Photo by Jim McCue. Questionoftheday is a 3-year-old The Factor filly that is owned/bred by Larry Johnson and trained by Mike Trombetta. She captured a $35,000 allowance at Laurel on May 3rd. The Maryland-bred spent her six month Virginia residency at Legacy Farm in Bluemont and the win provided her owner with a 25% bonus. She also won an allowance optional claimer at ... Read more
  • Pictures/Recap of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium Opening In Vinton May 9th Colonial Downs held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at their newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium site — in Vinton, just minutes from downtown Roanoke — on May 9th. The Rosie’s at Vinton has 150 HHR terminals, mixed between smoking and non-smoking areas and a higher limits room. The Vinton Rosie’s is located at the same site as the former Colonial Downs Off Track Betting Center — off Route 24 west behind McDonalds at 1135 Vinyard Road. Live simulcast wagering will also be offered seven days and evenings per week. The Vinton simulcast area has a nice TV presentation, 7 self ... Read more