Virginia Thoroughbred interests grew their OTB network and launched a Va-certified program in a busy 2017 that left one major wish unfulfilled.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia wagering rose in the first quarter, with ADW providers showing solid growth and the two new off-track betting ramping up.
George Rowand, the Virginia native who on a shoestring bred several top horses and wrote about the experience, has died at age 69.
Nearly two years after identifying Morven Park as the right spot for a Thoroughbred track, Virginia racing interests have pulled the plug and must reassess.
A 47th birthday celebration for the legendary Secretariat will take place in late March at his birthplace, The Meadow Event Park, in Virginia.
The proposed facility at Dulles Airport would allow horses to be flown to the Washington area without stopping in New York or Miami to be quarantined.
Wagering at Virginia’s now-two OTBs, and through advance deposit wagering companies licensed in the state, was strong in January.
The Virginia Equine Alliance will open its second off-track betting facility January 11 in Richmond.
The Virginia Racing Commission Tuesday approved a second Richmond-area OTB as the state’s racing industry aims to revitalize its OTB network.
Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, has donated rare memorabilia from the early days of Meadow Stable to the event center on the grounds.
Dave Lermond will serve as the new executive secretary for the Virginia Racing Commission.
Virginia’s horsemen and breeders will offer a 25 percent bonus to owners of Virginia-breds who win anywhere in the mid-Atlantic through December 31.
Saturday’s Virginia-bred races at Pimlico brought together the past, present, and — perhaps — future of Virginia racing, even if it was in Maryland.
The news that Virginia would get its first OTB in over a year, and that Pimlico would sell a parking lot, generated plenty of comment this week. Our thoughts.
Ad exec-horse breeder-conservationist Bill Backer, who died May 13, was a “renaissance man” whose legacy, friends said, will be felt for generations.
William Backer, the superstar advertising executive who was a longtime fixture in Virginia Thoroughbred breeding, has died at age 89.