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After Winning Contest at Shenandoah Downs, Farmer Trades Cattle for Harness Horses

The following appeared in the Northen Virginia Daily January 24th and was written by Ashley Miller. Standing in his barn, surrounded by horses, Steve Wetzel never thought he’d trade in his cattle farm for a life of horse training. “There’s a joy to it,” Wetzel said looking at his farm. “To work with them all … Continue reading After Winning Contest at Shenandoah Downs, Farmer Trades Cattle for Harness Horses

$700,000 In VA Certified Residency Program Awards Distributed From 2023 Standardbred Races  

(WOODSTOCK, VA — 1/25/2024) —- The Virginia Harness Horse Association announced that $700,000 in Certified bonus monies for foals of 2020 and 2021 will be distributed from races held in 2023 — a total of $300,000 for the 2020 crop, from 33 individual awards, and $400,000 for the 2021 crop, from 51 individual awards.  Among … Continue reading $700,000 In VA Certified Residency Program Awards Distributed From 2023 Standardbred Races  

Virginia 2024 Racing Schedule Includes Seven NSA Sanctioned Jump Meets & Point-to-Points  

Virginia Gold Cup Adds a Grade 1 Stakes to its May 4 Date Virginia’s horse racing event calendar for 2024 is set and in addition to dates at Colonial Downs (thoroughbred) and Shenandoah Downs (harness), seven spring Point-to-Point (PTP) meets along with seven National Steeplechase Association (NSA) sanctioned meets –- three in spring and four … Continue reading Virginia 2024 Racing Schedule Includes Seven NSA Sanctioned Jump Meets & Point-to-Points  

Longtime Virginia Horsewoman Jill Gordon- Moore Named Newest Member of Virginia Racing Commision

The Virginia Racing Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Thoroughbred owner, trainer, and breeder Jill Gordon-Moore as its newest member. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to excellence, Gordon-Moore brings valuable expertise to the Commission, enhancing its ability to oversee and regulate horse racing activities in the state. Gordon-Moore is a … Continue reading Longtime Virginia Horsewoman Jill Gordon- Moore Named Newest Member of Virginia Racing Commision

Secretariat “Racing Into History” Monument Groundbreaking & Dedication Dates Set

The Secretariat For Virginia Committee (SECVA) of the Ashland Museum has announced the dates for the groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies for the “Secretariat Racing Into History” monument.   The groundbreaking ceremony for the Reynolds Family Plaza at Randolph-Macon College, where the magnificent bronze will be permanently installed, will take place on Wednesday February 7 at the … Continue reading Secretariat “Racing Into History” Monument Groundbreaking & Dedication Dates Set

Virginia Breeders Share in $1,850,000 in Bonus Award Monies in 2023 

Virginia’s breeders benefitted from a continued business boom in 2023 courtesy of Historical Horse Racing (HHR) revenues at seven Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums located around the state and the continued renaissance of the Colonial Downs thoroughbred meet in New Kent which is expected to grow to 40 days in 2025. Virginia breeder’s bonus monies distributed in … Continue reading Virginia Breeders Share in $1,850,000 in Bonus Award Monies in 2023 

19 Standardbred Stallions Scheduled to Stand in Virginia for 2024 Breeding Season  

(WOODSTOCK, VA —- 1/11/2024) —- The Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA), which introduced a lucrative Sired Stakes program in 2022, announced that 19 stallions will be standing in the state for the 2024 breeding season. Twelve stallions stood in the Commonwealth two years ago and prior to that, just four stood including Gregory Pecs who … Continue reading 19 Standardbred Stallions Scheduled to Stand in Virginia for 2024 Breeding Season