(VTA Weekly Update, August 15, 2013)

Location: Warrenton Horse Show, Warrenton, VA

Date: Saturday, August 31

Time: 8:00 AM

Futurity Judge: Bill Graves

Eligibility: Jockey Club-registered and Virginia Breeders Fund-registered

Entry Fee: VTA members, no fee. Non-VTA members, $100 per entry.


  • $10,000 in Cash Prizes: Prize money will be divided as follows: $5,000 in each class – 1st, $3,000; 2nd, $1,000; 3rd, $500; 4th, $250; 5th, $150; and 6th, $100.
  • $5,000 Three-Year-Old Bonus: Any Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired yearling that competes in the ring in the colt or filly Futurity class will be eligible to compete for a percentage of a $5,000 bonus. Bonuses will be awarded to the top four money-earners at the racetrack at the completion of the 3-year-old year.
  • $400 in Groom’s Awards: $100 to the groom of the best turned-out yearling in each class (colt and filly) plus $100 each to the groom of the champion and reserve champion yearlings.

Futurity Seminar

Top Virginia horsemen Bill Graves and Susie Hart will be giving a seminar on conformation and show presentation after the Futurity. Bill is Vice President of Recruiting and Selections for Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Kentucky. A native Virginian, Bill has been responsible for the company’s yearling selections since 1992, and has earned the reputation as one of the best judges of young race prospects in the world.

Susie and her veterinarian husband E.C. “Pug” Hart owned and operated a large Thoroughbred training and breeding center in Ocala, Florida where they stood stallions, bred and foaled mares and always had 75-85 horses in training. In addition to owning and racing Champion Victory Gallop, the Harts developed and managed the racing career of Eclipse champion Maria’s Mon and more than 100 other stakes winners. Susie, who now resides in Virginia with her husband, continues to be active at the sales and the races advising clients as well as buying and selling horses she and her husband raise or pinhook.

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