Virginia breeding

100 Years Ago: Virginia’s Audley Farm Preserves Memory Of First Triple Crown Winner Sir Barton

It was a hundred years ago that Sir Barton became the first horse to sweep what would become to be known as the Triple Crown. A small colt, Sir Barton won the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his first start as a 3-year-old, and then the Preakness Stakes (G1), Withers and Belmont Stakes (G1). After being […]

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Paulita Honors Late Breeder By Winning Stakes Race Named In His Honor

More than two years after his passing, influential advertising executive and successful Thoroughbred owner and breeder William M. Backer was represented in the winner’s circle Saturday by a horse he bred winning her stakes debut in a race named in his honor. Hat Creek Racing’s Paulita ($3.40) stalked pacesetter Secret Or Not for a half-mile before putting […]

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Virginia-Breds In Spotlight With Quartet Of Stakes At Laurel

Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s homebred Special Envoy, who capped last season with three consecutive stakes victories, is set to launch his 7-year-old season against familiar company in Saturday’s $75,000 Edward Evans Stakes at Laurel Park. The one-mile Edward Evans is among four $75,000 stakes restricted to Virginia-bred/sired horses 3 years old and up over […]

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Virginia Governor Signs Historic Horse Racing Bill, Issues Directive To Racing Commission

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday signed House Bill 1609, Returning Horse Racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. A statement from the governor’s office stated: The governor was pleased to sign this bill, which will enable the return of horse racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. At the same time, the governor issued an executive […]

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Virginia-Bred Owner Bonus Program Begins July 1

The Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (VHBPA) and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) will implement a new Owner’s Bonus program beginning Friday, July 1, that will reward owners of Virginia-bred horses that win a non stakes overnight race at Mid-Atlantic region racetracks. The new bonus program will add a 25% bonus to the purse […]

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Virginia Equine Alliance Wins Approval For OTB In Richmond

The Virginia Racing Commission unanimously approved an application from the Virginia Equine Alliance this week to begin off-track betting at Breakers Sports Grille on West Broad Street in Richmond, Va. The OTB location will be the first new one to open since the shutdown of Colonial Downs in 2014, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. VEA officials […]

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Virginia Owner Cox, Breeder Of Showing Up, Dies At 75

Nellie Mae Cox, longtime Virginia owner and breeder of multiple Grade 1 winner Showing Up, died on Wednesday at the age of 75. Cox had been a longtime staple in the Virginia Thoroughbred industry as a small-scale commercial breeder and board member of the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Cox operated her breeding business […]

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Chenery’s Last Homebred To Attend Secretariat’s Birthday Celebration

Secretariat’s great-great granddaughter, Groundshaker, will be coming to her ancestral home as the star attraction of the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow April 1-3.  The celebration is a major highlight of the Virginia Horse Festival, which attracts thousands of horse lovers from all over the Mid-Atlantic. Efforts are underway to eventually welcome the […]

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Historic Buckland Farm, Home Of Pleasant Colony, Listed For Sale At $12.3 Million

Buckland Farm, the home of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony, has gone on the market for a cool $12.3 million. The Gainesville, Va., property includes 450 acres with a polo field, steeplechase course, a number of fields and barns, staff dwellings, and a four-bedroom manor house. Buckland was originally a cattle farm established […]

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