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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

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

Stakes For Virginia-Bred, Sired & Virginia-Certified Horses Are Scheduled at Colonial Downs

A total of twelve Virginia Breeder’s stakes races worth a combined $1.2 million will be showcased at the upcoming seven-week summer thoroughbred racing season at Colonial Downs, which will be headlined by the 18th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Virginia Derby. The meet in New Kent will run from July 19 – September 1 … Continue reading Stakes For Virginia-Bred, Sired & Virginia-Certified Horses Are Scheduled at Colonial Downs

Meet Virginia’s Three Horse Race Starters; Very Different Getaways, But All With The Same Goal

There are three types of pari-mutuel horse races that take place in Virginia — thoroughbred/flat racing at Colonial Downs in New Kent, standardbred/harness racing at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, and steeplechase/jump racing at Great Meadow. And there are a dozen other venues that host non-wagering steeplechase and point-to-point events throughout the year. A horse is … Continue reading Meet Virginia’s Three Horse Race Starters; Very Different Getaways, But All With The Same Goal

Nearly $1.8 Million In Certified Residency Awards Given Out In 2020

Virginia’s Certified Residency program took another big step forward last year, paying out a record $1.77 million in rewards versus $1.35 a year prior despite a Covid-19 pandemic that limited racing opportunities in spring and saw reduced purse levels in some cases.  A total of 486 wins in 2020 came from 328 individual horses, versus … Continue reading Nearly $1.8 Million In Certified Residency Awards Given Out In 2020

2020 Virginia Breeders Fund Awards Pay 40% For Wins at Tracks in North America

Virginia-bred Largent’s three stakes and two allowance wins in 2020 triggered an $81,738 Virginia Breeders Fund bonus award for Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, tops among any horse and breeding farm in the Commonwealth. Virginia Breeders awards took a big step forward in 2020, averaging 40% of each winning purse at tracks across North America … Continue reading 2020 Virginia Breeders Fund Awards Pay 40% For Wins at Tracks in North America

Pegasus World Cup Day Takes Shape: Mucho Gusto, Charlatan Among Invitees

Watch and wager the Pegasus World Cup action Saturday January 23 — from Gulfstream Park — 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, New Kent, Vinton, Hampton and Dumfries, and online via TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com. Virginia-bred Largent … Continue reading Pegasus World Cup Day Takes Shape: Mucho Gusto, Charlatan Among Invitees

Meet Southwest Virginia Thoroughbred & Standardbred Farm Owners

Both the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Harness Horse Association have Certified Residency Programs where horse owners are incentivized to send their babies to a registered Virginia farm for a minimum six month stay before they start racing. Once those program graduates begin racing at the age of two, and beyond, they are incentivized — … Continue reading Meet Southwest Virginia Thoroughbred & Standardbred Farm Owners

Foxfield Steeplechase Meet Entries for Sunday October 4 in Charlottesville

https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Foxfield-Fall-overnight.pdf The Foxfield Fall races, one of three sanctioned steeplechase meets to be held in Virginia this fall, will take place Sunday October 4 in Charottesville. The event will be held without spectators due to Covid-19, but fans can watch the action live via streaming at nationalsteeplechase.com. First race post is at 12:30 PM. Updates … Continue reading Foxfield Steeplechase Meet Entries for Sunday October 4 in Charlottesville