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Carol Dawwon and Frank Smith

Frank Smith and Virginia Racing Commissioner Carol Dawson. (VTA Photo)


Bruce and Sara Collette. (VTA Photo)

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VRC’s Dave Lermond and National HBPA President Robin Richards. (VTA Photo)


The Jim Falk family. (VTA Photo)


Bernie Hettel and Courtney Reid of the Virginia Racing Commission and Virginia Gold Cup consultant Mike Pearson. (VTA Photo)

Patrick and Rebecca Shepherd

Patrick and Rebecca Shepherd (VTA Photo)


Edie and Bruce Smart. (VTA Photo)

Bernie Hettel and Courtney Reid of the Virginia Racing Commission and Virginia Gold Cup consultant Mike Pearson. (VTA Photo)


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Riverdee Stables’ morning line favorite Hear the Word (Blair Wyatt) made good on that wager winning the $15,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship by 3 ¼ lengths over the aptly name Fall Colors yesterday at Great Meadow.


HEAR THE WORD (Douglas Lees Photo)

Bred by Althea D. Richards, the four-year-old son of Corinthian, out of Finery by Lear Fan, rallied steadily down the backside, took the lead in the stretch and won easily while covering the 10 furlongs in 2:22.

COMPLETE ORDER  OF FINISH: 1) Hear the Word (owner Riverdee Stable, rider Blair Wyatt, Trainer Todd J. Wyatt), $9,000; 2) Fall Colors  (Annie Yeager, S. Bruce Smart, Jr., Jimmy Day) $2,700; 3) Prima Facie (Eilidh Grant,  James H. Falk, Sr., Simon Hobson) $1,500; 4) Prized Pupil (Mark Beecher, John H. Baffa, Tommy Lee Jones) $750;  5) Searubyrun (James Slater,                 Rebecca Shepherd, Llith Boucher) $600; 6) Wahoo (Martin Rohan, Sara E. Collette, Neil R. Morris) $450; 7) Petite Lafleur (Gustav Dahl, Karen B. Eyles, Liam McVicar); 8) A Zoo Society (Jackson Roberts, John E. Teas, Jr., Janet E. Elliot); 10) Rhetoricalquestion (Diana Gillam, Noble Stables, Neil R. Morris)

The race was sponsored by the Virginia Breeders Fund, the VA HBPA and the Virginia Horse Industry Board.

To read more from the VTA webpage, click here.

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WOLVERTON (L) and PRIZED PUPIL (R) (Douglas Lees Photography)

WOLVERTON (L) and PRIZED PUPIL (R) (Douglas Lees Photography)

Riverdee Stables’ Hear The Word, a four-year-old Virginia-bred colt  who broke his maiden in February at Gulfstream Park and run in Maryland and New York allowance races, is the morning-line favorite at 3-1 opening odds in the concluding race of the VA HBPA sponsored series for Virginia-bred and Virginia-sired horses.  Hear the Word, by Corinthian, out of Finery by Lear Fan, was bred by Althea Richards.

Noble Stable’s Rhetoricalquestion a four-time winner of $86,410 is handicapped at 4-1 for trainer Neil Morris. The five-year-old mare by Oratory, out of Kelly’s Question by Mr.Greely, was bred by R. Larry Johnson and prepped with a fourth place finish in a maiden race at Foxfield in late September.

Two Virginia-breds are entered at 6-1: John H. Baffa’s Prized Pupil (who finished first in last year’s race only to be disqualified when all the horses that remained on course went “off course”) and Rebecca Shepherd’s Searubyrun. Prized Pupil is trained by Tommy Lee Jones and bred by Sally Baffa was recently fifth in a Percy Warner allowance race while Searubyrun was last out fifth in a claiming contest at Fair Hill.

In attempt to solve the problems that plagued last year’s Old Dominion Turf Championship, the Gold Cup race committee, the VA HBPA and the VTA got together and agreed to revise the conditions of the race. Primarily, this year’s race has added an additional condition requiring that entries “have previously started at a point-to-point or under NSA rules.”

To see the full entries, click here and scroll to the bottom. 

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The $15,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship will feature new conditions for 2013 renewal Saturday, October 19 at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA.  While the race will remain the final race in the series restricted to Virginia-bred and Virginia-sired horses and continue to feature the largest purse of the series, this year’s race will add an additional condition requiring that entries “have previously started at a point-to-point or under NSA rules.”

The new conditions are designed to even out some of the problems that plagued the 2012 race when all the horses but one went off course. (The horse that stayed on course lost its rider causing the race to be declared a no contest.)

At the request of some of the jockeys and the Race Committee, the 2013 conditions were written to try to insure that entries had experience racing over an open course with sharp turns.

The 2013 Old Dominion Turf Cup Championship if “for Three-Year-Olds and Upward, Virginia-bred or Sired…Three-year-olds, 145 lbs.; older, 155 lbs. Maidens aloowed 5 lbs.  Winners uner ruls on the flat in 2012-13, 5 lbs. extra. Stakes winners on the flat 2012-13 10 lbs. extra. Entry Fee $75; $75 additional to start.  The result does not count toward a horse’s official record.”

The new conditions were negotiated by Dr. Al Griffin, Dr. Will Allison and Mike Pearson of the Gold Cup, VHBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo and former VTA Executive Director Glenn Petty.

“The Gold Cup officials were anxious to avoid repeating last year’s no contest and with the debut of pari-mutuel wagering at the Fall race meet, it was more important than ever to tighten up the conditions,” Petty said in retrospect.  “A mass disqualification in a flat race causing an abundance of refunds is a difficult proposition under the circumstances and bad public relations when dealing with a new and inexperienced group of bettors.  This is a good solution for all the parties involved.”

For more information, click here.

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PRIMA FACIE wins the James P. Mills at Virginia Fall Races. (Douglas Lees Photo)

PRIMA FACIE wins the James P. Mills at Virginia Fall Races. (Douglas Lees Photo)

James H. Falk, Sr.’s Prima Facie won the $4,000 James P. Mills Memorial for Virginia-bred/sired horses on Sunday, October 6 at the Middleburg Fall Races at Glenwood Park.  Jeff Murphy rode the winner for trainer Simon Hobson.

Prima Facie is a homebred by Fantasticat, out of Parisiana by Mutakddim.  He took control of the race at the start and was never seriously challenged. The winning margin was 2 ¼ lengths.


FIRST: Prima Facie (James H. Falk, Sr., Simon Hobson, Jeff Murphy) $2,000; SECOND: Searubyrun (Rebecca Shepherd, Lilith Boucher, Richard Boucher) $1,200; THIRD: Rhetoricalquestion (Noble Stables, Neil Morris, Bernard Dalton) $800; FOURTH – DNF – OC: Tudor Prince (Justine Hughes, George Wood, Stacia Elliot)

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