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Saratoga 40 Day Meet Opens Friday With Focus on Fillies And Mares, Juveniles

Saratoga’s summer meet is considered the best of the year from a horseplayers standpoint. For the first time in years, Virginia has four different Off Track Betting Centers where fans can watch and wager the action. Breakers Sports Grill is in Henrico, Ponies & Pints is in downtown Richmond,  Buckets Bar & Grill is in Chesapeake and … Continue reading Saratoga 40 Day Meet Opens Friday With Focus on Fillies And Mares, Juveniles

Colonial Downs Eyeing Former Kmart Site In South Richmond For Possible Off Track Betting Parlor

The following appeared in Richmond.com July 16th and was written by Graham Moomaw. Colonial Downs is considering buying a former Kmart building in South Richmond and transforming it into a betting site with slots-like gambling machines, according to a spokesman for the owners of the New Kent County horse-racing track. Colonial Downs has secured an option … Continue reading Colonial Downs Eyeing Former Kmart Site In South Richmond For Possible Off Track Betting Parlor

Results From Sunday July 15 Handicapping Contest At Ponies & Pints; Chesapeake Plays Next On July 22

The third round of the Summer 6-Pick handicapping contest is now complete and for the third straight week, no contestant was able to hit 6 out of 6 winners, so the carryover jackpot continues to escalate. Ponies & Pints hosted that contest round on July 15th — the top mythical bankrolls belonged to Chad Marcoux ($81.50), Robert Cole … Continue reading Results From Sunday July 15 Handicapping Contest At Ponies & Pints; Chesapeake Plays Next On July 22

Draft Rules Would Allow Up To 3,000 Horse-Race Gambling Machines In Virginia

The following appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch on July 12th. The Virginia Racing Commission is considering allowing up to 3,000 historical horse race gambling machines at Colonial Downs and off-track betting parlors throughout the state, according to recently published draft regulations. Earlier this year, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill to legalize the slots-like … Continue reading Draft Rules Would Allow Up To 3,000 Horse-Race Gambling Machines In Virginia

Summer 6-Pick Handicapping Results From Sunday July 8th Contest; $800 On The Line This Sunday In Richmond

Congratulations to the winners of yesterday’s “Summer 6-Pick” handicapping contest, which was held at both The Windmill OTB Sports Grill in Collinsville and Breakers Spots Grille OTB in Henrico. In Collinsville, Chelsie Coleman ($175), Modest Lambert ($100), Helen Cannaday ($50) and Dale Lamberth ($25) were the big winners. $250 was shared by contestants that had … Continue reading Summer 6-Pick Handicapping Results From Sunday July 8th Contest; $800 On The Line This Sunday In Richmond

What Racing Is All About: Thomas Thrilled By Catholic Boy’s Belmont Derby Success

Catholic Boy, winner of the Grade I Belmont Derby on July 7th, is trained by Jonathan Thomas, son of Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) Track Superintendent J.D. Thomas. The following piece appeared in The Paulick Report July 9th. Catholic Boy came out his victory by a head over Analyze It in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational in … Continue reading What Racing Is All About: Thomas Thrilled By Catholic Boy’s Belmont Derby Success

Stall Applications & Season Dates Available For Shenandoah Downs Fall Harness Meet In Woodstock

(WOODSTOCK, VA, — 7/5/18) — Stall applications and general rules for the 2018 harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs are now available on line. Horsemen can access the documents at www.shenandoahdowns.com, and via www.vhha.net under the “2018 Race Meet” header. The third annual pari-mutuel harness meet at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Virginia will run from September 15th – October 14th. … Continue reading Stall Applications & Season Dates Available For Shenandoah Downs Fall Harness Meet In Woodstock

No Refunds Becomes First Bonus Winning Horse In New Virginia Certified Residency Program

Bird Mobberley’s No Refunds became the first horse to win a bonus in the new Virginia Certified Residency Program when the two year old filly kicked off Saturday’s card at Laurel with her first ever victory. The Maryland-bred scored in gate-to-wire fashion in a $40,000 maiden special weight race. The winner, by Buffum out of More Punch by Partner’s Hero, held off runner-up Nosey Josy and finished … Continue reading No Refunds Becomes First Bonus Winning Horse In New Virginia Certified Residency Program

Belmont’s “Stars & Stripes Racing Festival” Highlights Weekend Action At OTBs

One of summer’s biggest racing events is this Saturday July 7th and the four Virginia Off Track Betting Centers will showcase the action. Belmont plays host to the “Stars & Stripes Racing Festival” which you can read about below, courtesy of The Paulick Report. Hope to see lots of racing fans at Breakers Sports Grille (Henrico), Ponies & … Continue reading Belmont’s “Stars & Stripes Racing Festival” Highlights Weekend Action At OTBs