Holiday Week Update For Virginia OTBs – Ponies & Pints, Breakers & Buckets

The Virginia Bets OTBs will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They will reopen on Tuesday December 26th when Santa Anita has their traditional Grade I stakes event. As you’d expect, Saturday’s (December 30th) lineup is chock full of big stakes from Gulfstream, Tampa Bay, Laurel and Santa Anita.

Our newest OTB in Chesapeake, at Buckets Bar & Grill, will have a FREE Holiday Handicapping Contest on the 30th with $500 in cash prizes up for grabs. The top ‘capper will win $250. Contestants need to get their free contest entry in by 2:00 PM.

Buckets is in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake in the Battlefield Shopping Center.

The OTB at Breakers Sports Grille in Richmond will host an identical tourney on Saturday January 13th when Fair Grounds hosts a big Derby and Oaks prep card.

On New Years Eve and New Years Day, all sites will operate  with regular 11 AM – 11 PM hours with one exception: Ponies & Pints will close at 6 PM on New Years Eve for a private function.

And of course, if you can’t attend an OTB, Virginia residents can bet on line at,, and

Here’s the holiday week stakes lineup. Hope to see lots of horseplayers at Ponies & Pints and Breakers in Richmond, and at Buckets in Chesapeake. Have a healthy and safe holiday season!

Ponies & Pints is a spacious restaurant that can handle large crowds on big race days. The OTB has 40 TVs and over 40 craft beers on tap.

Holiday Week Stakes Lineup:

Tuesday December 26

At Santa Anita – pair of Grade I stakes
*$300,000 La Brea Stakes
*$300,000 Malibu Stakes

Saturday December 30

At Santa Anita – $300,000 American Oaks (Gr. I)

At Laurel – 6 stakes worth a combined $550,000 including:
*$100,000 Gin Talking Stakes
*$100,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes

At Tampa Bay Downs – pair of 5 furlong sprint stakes:
*$100,000 Lightning City Stakes
*$100,000 Turf Dash

At Gulfstream – 4 turf stakes including:
*$100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes
*$75,000 Tropical Park Derby

At Aqueduct – $100,000 Damon Runyon Stakes