Keyword: Virginia

  • The National HBPA Convention with Stephanie Beattie, Joe Santanna, and Robin Richards.

    Richards Elected National HBPA President

    Robin Richards was elected president and Stephanie Beattie first vice president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association during the organization's board of directors meeting July 1 in Iowa.

  • Track burning at Colonial Downs

    Colonial Downs' Turf Course Set Ablaze

    The Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs was intentionally set ablaze March 22 as the Virginia track undertook a "controlled burn" in an effort to get the grass to re-grow in time for the meet that begins June 2.

  • March 31 Secretariat Event May Be Moved

    Organizers of a March 31 event to celebrate the birthday of legendary Secretariat and the 40th anniversary of Riva Ridge's Kentucky Derby Kentucky are scrambling to find a new location after The Meadow Event Place closed.

  • Edward Evans, left, in 2006, with broodmare Kobla and Quality Road, who had been foaled less than 24 hours earlier.

    Prominent Breeder-Owner Edward Evans Dies

    Edward Evans, whose racing and breeding program at Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Va., produced numerous stakes winners including 2010 multiple grade I winner Quality Road, died Dec. 31 in New York. He was 68.

  • A Little Warm in the 2010 Jim Dandy.

    A Little Warm Retired

    Grade II winner A Little Warm, who suffered condylar fractures to both front legs during a routine gallop at Delaware Park Oct. 21, is recovering from surgery performed at the New Bolton Center.

  • Stakes Winner Key Spirit Dies

    Key Spirit, who was a stakes winner during the early part of his career and a $3,000 claimer near the end, was euthanized Aug. 18 because of complications from laminitis.

  • Secretariat, shown as a 2-year-old, was foaled March 30, 1970

    Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago

    Big Red born March 30, 1970, at Christopher T. Chenery's The Meadow near Doswell, Va. The son of Bold Ruler would become racing's ninth Triple Crown winner in 1973.

  • Major Sire Red Ransom Euthanized

    Prominent international sire Red Ransom, who helped perpetuate the Roberto/Hail to Reason male line, was euthanized Nov. 14 because of complications following intestinal surgery.

  • 'Mixed Breed' Program Set for Colonial Downs

    Colonial Downs will host a mixed breed card of horse racing Sept. 13 that includes eight harness races, two steeplechase races, and one Thoroughbred race.

  • Majesty's Prince Euthanized at 30

    Majesty's Prince, one of the top turf runners during the first half of the 1980s, was euthanized Aug. 24 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Colonial Downs begins its 2009 meet June 5.

    Colonial Downs Ready to Launch 2009 Season

    Opening day at Colonial Downs comes a week earlier this year when live racing returns June 5. The following day, Colonial Downs will be open for the first time ever on the same day as a Triple Crown race, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Clay Camp

    Horseman L. Clay Camp Dead at 78

    L. Clay Camp, who sold the highest-priced yearling ever at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, died May 4 at his home in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Florida-bred Advice is the only 2009 Kentucky Derby entrant bred outside of Kentucky.

    Kentucky-breds a Runaway Success

    There's a saying that a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner can come from anywhere. But that saying has more to do with where a horse prepped for the Run for the Roses than with its birthplace.

  • Colonial Downs

    Colonial Sets Summer Racing Schedule

    Colonial Downs will kick off its 13th annual Thoroughbred racing season June 12 and will continue an eight week, 40-day meet through Aug. 4.

  • Sir Barton statue at Audley Farm in Berryville, Va.

    Audley Farm Honors Sir Barton

    A statue of 1919 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Sir Barton was unveiled in front of the Audley Farm stallion barn where the son of Star Shoot began his stud career in 1921.

  • Colonial Downs

    Colonial Trims Staff, Closes OTB Parlor

    Colonial Downs may be looking for a manager to operate its live Thoroughbred and harness meet after releasing general manager Iain Woolnough Nov. 10. It also closed one of its nine off-track betting parlors in Virginia.

  • Horacio Karamanos won his fourth Colonial Downs riding title at the Virginia track's recently concluded meet.

    Allen Cracks 200-Win Mark at Colonial

    A, Ferris Allen III won two races on Colonial Downs' closing day program Aug. 6 to become the first trainer to win 200 races in Virginia. He also demolished his own single-season record for victories.

  • Kentucky Bear, sixth last out in the Preakness (gr. I), looks to rebound in the $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIIT).

    Ten Seek Rich Colonial Turf Cup

    Ten colts hope to make it to "first base" June 21 at Colonial Downs with the fourth running of the $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIIT). The 1 1/16-race is the first leg of the $5-million Jacobs Investments Grand Slam of Grass.

  • Mid-Atlantic Full Speed on Steroids

    Just hours after horsemen and scientists questioned the model rule regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses and suggested a national roll-out of the rules later this year or early next year is more practical, regulators in the Mid-Atlantic region announced they are sticking with plans to implement the regulations as quickly as possible.

  • Colonial Downs looks to expand its racing schedule for 2008.

    Colonial Meet Up to 45 Days in 2008

    Seeking overall growth in horse racing, the Virginia Racing Commission Dec. 19 extended Colonial Downs' request for 40 days of live Thoroughbred racing to 45 for 2008.