All posts by Darrell Wood

Great Notion Takes Impressive Streak Into Oct. 24 Maryland Million

One of neighboring Maryland’s biggest events of the season takes place Saturday October 24 — the Maryland Million program. Fans can wager the Millions races at any Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond, New Kent, Vinton and Hampton, at any VA-Horseplay OTB in Henrico (Breaker’s Sports Grille), Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Collinsville (The Windmill … Continue reading Great Notion Takes Impressive Streak Into Oct. 24 Maryland Million

International Gold Cup Set For Saturday Oct. 24; Entries Are Available

The 2020 International Gold Cup Races will be held at Great Meadow Racecourse in the Plains on Saturday October 24. The first of ten races will go to post at 12 Noon. A list of entries and other material can be found at the link here: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Intl-Gold-Cup-scratch-overnight.pdf Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the racew will … Continue reading International Gold Cup Set For Saturday Oct. 24; Entries Are Available

Paquet, Kreiser and Call Me Thefireman Receive Awards As Shenandoah Downs Wraps Up 2020 Season

(WOODSTOCK, VA — 10/19/2020) —- Driver Fern Paquet Jr. reached the winners circle three times Saturday, including one aboard Open Handicap Trot winner Beguin Dugoutier F, to help clinch his first driving championship at Shenandoah Downs. The 53-year-old reinsman competed at the Woodstock oval for the first time and led the driver’s colony with 20 … Continue reading Paquet, Kreiser and Call Me Thefireman Receive Awards As Shenandoah Downs Wraps Up 2020 Season

Trio of Horses Stay In “Horse of the Meet” Consideration With Wins Friday at Shenandoah Downs

(WOODSTOCK, VA — 10/16/2020) —- Penn, Rydia Hanover and Call Me Thefireman each scored a win Friday at Shenandoah Downs and furthered their respective consideration in Horse of the Meet discussions. The five-week season in Woodstock concludes Saturday. Barkley Counts’ Penn wired the field for his fourth win of the meet but had to hold … Continue reading Trio of Horses Stay In “Horse of the Meet” Consideration With Wins Friday at Shenandoah Downs

Scenes From the Middleburg Fall Races at Glenwood Park

Virginia’s fall steeplechase season kicked off with a pair of rescheduled Point-to-Points on consecutive weekends in September. The Old Dominion Hounds was held at Ben Venue Farms September 12 followed by the Blue Rudge Hunt at Woodley Farm in Berryville September 19. Both were originally slated be held in spring.  The season continued with sanctioned jump meets … Continue reading Scenes From the Middleburg Fall Races at Glenwood Park

John’s Dream, Hot Hot Jenna and Speedy Taxi Each Win Virginia Breeders Aged Races Saturday at Shenandoah

(WOODSTOCK, VA. — 10/10/2020) —- John’s Dream, Hot Hot Jenna and Speedy Taxi won respective $10,000 Virginia Breeders races for aged competitors Saturday at Shenandoah Downs as the Woodstock oval completed its fourth weekend of a five-week fall season. John’s Dream continued a remarkable streak of success at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds oval with a … Continue reading John’s Dream, Hot Hot Jenna and Speedy Taxi Each Win Virginia Breeders Aged Races Saturday at Shenandoah

Five $75,000 Turf Stakes For Virginia-Bred/Sired Horses Highlight Racing Action at Laurel Friday October 9

Five turf stakes for Virginia-bred/sired horses, each with a purse of $75,000, highlight Friday’s (October 9) nine race card at Laurel. The stakes were originally scheduled to be run September 2 at Colonial Downs but since the meet ended prematurely due to Covid-related issues, were rescheduled to run in Maryland. The M. Tyson Gilpin, Jamestown … Continue reading Five $75,000 Turf Stakes For Virginia-Bred/Sired Horses Highlight Racing Action at Laurel Friday October 9

Foxfield Fall Recap: Iverness Tops Zoom Zoom Zoe In Featured Ratings Handicap

The following was written by Betsy Burke Parker and appeared at the website nationalsteeplechase.com. Photos were provided by the VEA. The Foxfield Races were held Sunday October 4 in Charlottesville. The Virginia circuit of sanctioned jump races continues with the Middleburg Fall Races on Saturday October 10 and concludes with the International Gold Cup Races … Continue reading Foxfield Fall Recap: Iverness Tops Zoom Zoom Zoe In Featured Ratings Handicap

Nvrfearlloydishere Dominates His Virginia Breeders Championship Division October 3 at Shenandoah Downs

$363,575 In Purse Monies Distributed Over 8 Breeders Races (WOODSTOCK, VA — 10/5/2020) —- Nvrfearlloydishere dominated the $46,800 Virginia Breeders 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Saturday at Shenandoah Downs as eight divisional titles were contested on a picture-perfect fall afternoon in Woodstock. A total of $363,575 in combined purse monies was awarded. The 3-year-old Rusty’s All In … Continue reading Nvrfearlloydishere Dominates His Virginia Breeders Championship Division October 3 at Shenandoah Downs