All posts by Darrell Wood

2021 Triple Crown Series Kicks Off With The Kentucky Derby On Saturday May 1

Thoroughbred Racing’s Triple Crown Series returns to its normal date pattern this year after a 2020 season that saw Covid-related issues force the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to run in fall, and without spectators.  The Kentucky Derby kicks off the Series May 1, followed by the Preakness on May 15 and the Belmont on June … Continue reading 2021 Triple Crown Series Kicks Off With The Kentucky Derby On Saturday May 1

MATCH Series Returns To Colonial Downs With Four Dirt Stakes On Aug. 23

The highly popular Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships (MATCH) Series, which was forced to go on hiatus in 2020 because of regional COVID-19 restrictions, will return this year under a two-state schedule put together by horsemen and racetracks in Maryland and Virginia to bridge the gap until the full Series is restored in 2022. The MATCH Series, … Continue reading MATCH Series Returns To Colonial Downs With Four Dirt Stakes On Aug. 23

Virginia-Raised Sadler’s Joy To Compete In Grade 2 Pan American Stakes 3/27

The following appeared in The Racing Biz. Four years after earning the first graded-stakes victory of his long career in the same race, Woodslane Farm’s Grade 1 winner Sadler’s Joy returns looking to snap a nine-race losing streak in Saturday’s $200,000 Pan American (G2) presented by Rood and Riddle at Gulfstream Park. The 60th running of … Continue reading Virginia-Raised Sadler’s Joy To Compete In Grade 2 Pan American Stakes 3/27

Meet Virginia Horse Owner & Breeder Larry Johnson, Whose True Valour Competed In Dubai

What are the odds that two Virginia-based horse owners could see their charges square off against each other — in Dubai? The longshot proposition happened March 27 when Larry Johnson’s True Valour and David Ross’s Extravagant Kid competed in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Raceourse in Dubai. The six-furlong straight turf race … Continue reading Meet Virginia Horse Owner & Breeder Larry Johnson, Whose True Valour Competed In Dubai

Dubai World Cup Winning Trainer Michael Stidham To Have String at Colonial Downs This Summer

The following piece appeared at theracingbiz.com and was written by Frank Vespe. Since this piece was originally written, trainer Michael Stidham — who was leading trainer at Colonial Downs in 2019 and 2020 — won the $12 million Dubai World Cup March 27 with Mystic Guide! The “Off to the Races” radio show, sponsored by … Continue reading Dubai World Cup Winning Trainer Michael Stidham To Have String at Colonial Downs This Summer

Secretariat’s Virtual Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 26, 27

SECRETARIAT Virtual BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – MARCH 26-27Online Gathering to Honor Birth of 1973 Triple Crown Champion For the second consecutive year the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Meadow will not take place due to the continued COVID challenges. However, we are delighted to announce a virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook will take place March 26-27 to continue … Continue reading Secretariat’s Virtual Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 26, 27

Virginia-Bred Chess Chief Rallies to Grade 2 New Orleans Classic Win On March 20

By Bob Ehalt The following appeared in bloodhorse.com March 21. Virginia-bred Chess Chief earned his fourth career victory March 20 at Fair Grounds in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (Gr. 2) in nice come from behind fashion. The 5-year-old Into Mischief horse has now earned $632,084. He was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm.    When … Continue reading Virginia-Bred Chess Chief Rallies to Grade 2 New Orleans Classic Win On March 20