Virginia Thoroughbred interests grew their OTB network and launched a Va-certified program in a busy 2017 that left one major wish unfulfilled.
The Virginia-bred Stellar Wind has had two heart-breaking trips to the Breeders’ Cup. Friday she’ll try again to add the Distaff to her collection of major wins.
Colonial Downs has not hosted Thoroughbred racing since 2013, but sources say a deal being discussed could lead to its sale and revitalization.
Old-timer Two Notch Road and newcomer Northern Eclipse took Virginia-bred sprint stakes at Laurel Park this afternoon.
A series of 50-50 calls that worked out led Sweet Sandy to the winner’s circle — and trainer Danielle Hodsdon to her first stakes win — Saturday.
Queen Caroline, a two-time stakes winner at Laurel, is among 95 nominated to four Virginia-bred stakes slated for Laurel August 5.
Virginia’s new certified program will reward horsemen who board horses at Virginia farms or training centers for six consecutive months before they turn three.
Defending champs returned in several Virginia-bred stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park but only one could defend the crown.
Aptly named for more than one reason, Long On Value will look to be a bargain yet again Saturday at Royal Ascot.
Graded stakes winners Ben’s Cat and Rose Brier top a day of six stakes races at Laurel Park.
Hansel, the Virginia-bred who took the 1991 Preakness and Belmont Stakes, has been euthnanized as a result of the infirmities of old age.
At its June 6 meeting, the Virginia Racing Commission learned of a potential new racing venue in the state and formed two new committees to take a hard look at the industry’s future.
Renown may be the only horse in training — ever — to own wins at Laurel, Delaware, Keeneland — and Great Meadow (to say nothing of Wexford, in Ireland).
Quality Road and Bodemeister sired the Oaks-Derby double last weekend — quite a feat for a pair of Virginia-breds whose own Derby dreams were dashed.
Saturday’s Virginia Gold Cup races, including three on the flat and five over jumps, brings plenty of old familiar faces back together on the race track.
Stellar Wind will be honored as Virginia-bred horse of the year Friday evening in a ceremony at Great Meadow, as will the divisional champions.
Five years ago, Bodemeister almost won the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness. How might wins have affected Virginia’s struggling thoroughbred industry?
Virginia wagering rose in the first quarter, with ADW providers showing solid growth and the two new off-track betting ramping up.
Stellar Wind, the speedy Virginia-bred star, is 3-5 on the morning line for the G1 Apple Blossom Friday at Oaklawn Park in her season debut.
George Rowand, the Virginia native who on a shoestring bred several top horses and wrote about the experience, has died at age 69.