West Virginia Seeking Equine Medical Director As Part Of Plan To Reduce Fatalities

In response to a Mid-Atlantic region effort focused on equine health and welfare, the West Virginia Racing Commission Nov. 12 said it will establish a Medical Review Board at the two Thoroughbred racetracks in the state. WVRC Executive Director Joe Moore noted the regulatory agency is participating in the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. […]

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Mr. Money Continues To Roll In West Virginia Derby

Allied Racing Stable’s Mr. Money had to deal with a loose horse when winning the G3 Indiana Derby last out, but he had no such challenges in Saturday’s G3 West Virginia Derby. Looking loaded for bear the whole way around the course, the 3-year-old son of Goldencents made short work of the field to win […]

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Silver Dust Denies Game Kukulkan In West Virginia Governor’s Stakes

Tom Durant’s Silver Dust (7-2) was determined in Saturday’s Grade 3 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes at Mountaineer, turning back several challenges from 3-1 favorite and Mexican Triple Crown winner Kukulkan to win by about a half-length on the wire. The 5-year-old Tapit gelding, ridden by Jack Gilligan for trainer Bret Calhoun, covered 1 1/16 miles […]

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Record-Setting Owner Cole Returns For West Virginia Derby Day Stakes

Robert Cole Jr. is no stranger to the winner’s circle. From 2000 through Aug. 1, the Maryland-based owner had won 1,449 races, which is good for a 33.8% strike rate from 4,280 starts. His horses have earned $24.6 million over almost 20 years. So far in 2019, Cole has 28 wins—along with 15 seconds and […]

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Chilly In Charge ‘Improving Every Race,’ Earns Shot In West Virginia Derby

A couple of in-form 3-year-olds who have shown indications that longer distances may be to their liking could have a say in the outcome of the $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 3 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The connections of Pennsylvania-bred Chilly in Charge believe the 3-year-old colt is coming into his […]

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Mr. Money Tops Field Of 10 In West Virginia Derby

Mr. Money, who has won three consecutive graded stakes with authority, looms the probable favorite for the $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 3 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The 1 1/8-mile Derby for 3-year-olds attracted a field of 10. It is the eighth race on a nine-race Saturday program that has a […]

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‘Right Down The Gullet’: Announcer Swallows Moth During Mountaineer Race Call

Track announcer Peter Berry had an unusual challenge during Wednesday evening’s races at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. Just as the starting gates opened for the first race, Berry’s race call was interrupted by an errant moth. .ICYMI ⁦@peterberry57⁩ swallows a Moth before the Tuesday opener ⁦⁦@mtrgaming⁩ #LighterSideTVG — Blaise Bollmann (@TVGs_Blaise) December 13, […]

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Mountaineer: Poor Performance Of 4-5 Favorite Under Investigation

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in Wednesday’s eighth race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, Clark Brewster and Barry Ostrager’s Utana finished fifth in a field of seven after lugging out badly on the turn. According to, the mare’s performance is under investigation by the West Virginia Racing Commission. There was $26,500 bet on Utana […]

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Mr Freeze Repels Challenge, Kicks Clear For West Virginia Derby Score

Jim Bakke and Gerald Ibister’s Mr Freeze was impressive in Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 West Virginia Derby, taking the lead at the start, repelling a challenge at the top of the stretch and kicking clear to win by eight lengths. The 3-year-old son of To Honor And Serve, sent to post at odds of 6-1, […]

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