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Snap Decision Wins 8th Straight Race In $75,000 Feature at Middleburg Spring Races

The following appeared at nationalsteeplechase.com. The 101st edition of the Middleburg Spring Races was held at Glenwood Park on May 1st. A total of $220,000 in purse monies was distributed between 8 races including $75,000 in the Temple Gwathmey Stakes (Gr. 2). The Virginia Gold Cup card is next up on May 29 at Great … Continue reading Snap Decision Wins 8th Straight Race In $75,000 Feature at Middleburg Spring Races

The “Scene” At Middleburg Spring Races From May 1; Fans & Tailgaters Return

The 101st edition of the Middleburg Spring Races took place Saturday May 1st at Glenwood Park on a picture perfect afternoon. A total of $220,000 in purse monies were distributed between eight hurdle and timber steeplechase races including the featured $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Stakes (Gr. 2). Enthusiastic fans and tailgaters were allowed to attend, though … Continue reading The “Scene” At Middleburg Spring Races From May 1; Fans & Tailgaters Return

2021 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet

The following appeared on America’s Best Racing website and is a comprehensive list of the 20 Derby contenders that will battle on Saturday May 1 at Churchill Downs. There are plenty of places in Virginia to wager the annual “Run for the Roses. Betting is available at any VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting Center in Henrico … Continue reading 2021 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet

Field For May 1 Kentucky Derby Led By 2-1 Favorite, Essential Quality

The Kentucky Derby is coming up on Saturday May 1 from Churchill Downs and there are plenty of places in Virginia to wager the annual “Run for the Roses. Betting is available at any VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting Center in Henrico (Breakers), Chesapeake (Buckets) and Collinsville (The Windmill), at any Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond, … Continue reading Field For May 1 Kentucky Derby Led By 2-1 Favorite, Essential Quality

Steeplechase Meet At Re-Opened Morven Park ‘Was Very Well-Run’

The following appeared in facquier.com and was written by Betsy Burke Parker. New EasyFix fences debut at April 18 Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point Jockey Eddie Keating doesn’t think he’s much of a historian, but he knows he made history Sunday. Keating steered the first horse over the first hurdle in the first race contested over American … Continue reading Steeplechase Meet At Re-Opened Morven Park ‘Was Very Well-Run’

“Mattress Mack” Jim McIngvale to Make Largest Bet in Derby History

The following appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News April 27. The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday May 1 from Churchill Downs. Post time is 6:57 PM. Fans can watch and wager in Virginia at any VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting Center in Henrico (Breakers Sports Grille), Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Collinsville (The Windmill Sports Grill … Continue reading “Mattress Mack” Jim McIngvale to Make Largest Bet in Derby History

Virginia’s Horse Breeding and Racing Industry Produces Over $542 Million Economic Impact

Study Highlights the Economic Benefits of Horse Breeding and Racing  Throughout the State  RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 12, 2021 – “And they’re off…” When it comes to the horse racing industry in Virginia and the economic impact it is generating, that’s an appropriate metaphor. According to a newly released study, the industry generated an estimated economic impact of $542.1 million in the Commonwealth in 2019.   … Continue reading Virginia’s Horse Breeding and Racing Industry Produces Over $542 Million Economic Impact

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