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YOUNGKIN’S GRAY GAMES VETO RIGHT FOR RACING

Originally posted on 6/12/2024 at theracingbiz.com, written by Nick Hahn. One day before Seize the Grey seized the day in the 149th running of the Preakness Stakes, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) stopped the gray. Gray games, that is, the slot machine-like contraptions pushed by advocates as “games of skill.” Youngkin vetoed legislation that would have permitted thousands … Continue reading YOUNGKIN’S GRAY GAMES VETO RIGHT FOR RACING

“A Great Ride” as Belmont Stakes Starter Mindframe Could Cap 40 Years of Breeding

The following was written by Frank Vespe and appeared in “The Racing Biz” June 6th. Larry Johnson is a Virginia thoroughbred horse breeder and owner whose Legacy Farm is based in in Bluefield, VA. His Future Is Now, a 4-year-old Great Notion filly, broke his maiden at Colonial Downs last August and will compete in … Continue reading “A Great Ride” as Belmont Stakes Starter Mindframe Could Cap 40 Years of Breeding

Belmont Stakes: Virginia-Connected Antiquarian Should Be ‘Right There At The End’

The following appeared in the Paulick Report June 6, 2024. Centennial Farms will look to double their tally in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets when they send out Antiquarian in Saturday’s 10-furlong test for 3-year-olds, at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, the $250,000 Keeneland September Yearling … Continue reading Belmont Stakes: Virginia-Connected Antiquarian Should Be ‘Right There At The End’

Sierra Leone Favored Over Kentucky Derby, Preakness Winners For Saturday’s Belmont Stakes

The $2 million Belmont Stakes — third leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown Series — will be held at Saratoga Racecourse Saturday June 10th. An article on results of the post position draw is below courtesy of the Paulick Report. The Belmont Stakes program features six Grade 1 stakes races — and all will be … Continue reading Sierra Leone Favored Over Kentucky Derby, Preakness Winners For Saturday’s Belmont Stakes

171st Upperville Horse Show Set for June 3-9 with Free Parking & Free Admission

The 2024 Upperville Colt & Horse Show presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN™ is the oldest horse show in the U.S. and will celebrate its 171st year this June 3 through 9. Parking and general admission are free again this year. Founded in 1853 as a one-day show to encourage better breeding and care of horses, the show has … Continue reading 171st Upperville Horse Show Set for June 3-9 with Free Parking & Free Admission

Shenandoah Downs Closes Out Spring Harness Racing Season with Preakness Party This Weekend  

Shenandoah Downs will present the Shenandoah Valley’s biggest Preakness party this Saturday, May 18 complete with ten harness races, betting on Maryland’s premier Triple Crown race, Black Eyed Susan cocktails, crabcakes, and live music with Virginia’s most popular Rolling Stones tribute band, Cherry Red!  Harness racing will run from 2:05 – 5:15 PM and for … Continue reading Shenandoah Downs Closes Out Spring Harness Racing Season with Preakness Party This Weekend  

Virginia Gold Cup Highlights from May 4 Steeplechase Races at Great Meadow

Bad weather played a role in the weekend’s action, which was punctuated by rain, clouds and cool temperatures. Yet, the dreary conditions didn’t stop fans from turning out in large numbers at both the Virginia Gold Cup Races on Saturday in The Plains and Winterthur Point-to-Point outside of Wilmington, Del. Nine races were on tap … Continue reading Virginia Gold Cup Highlights from May 4 Steeplechase Races at Great Meadow

New Study: Virginia Equine Industry Program Has Generated $86.2 Million in Economic Impact

Benefits of Virginia-Certified Residency Program to be on Display at Upcoming Colonial Downs Summer Meet A newly released study commissioned by the Virginia Equine Alliance demonstrates the significant impact of the Virginia-Certified Residency Program for thoroughbreds on Virginia’s economy. According to the study, the program has generated an estimated economic impact of $86.2 million between … Continue reading New Study: Virginia Equine Industry Program Has Generated $86.2 Million in Economic Impact