Famous race horses bred in Virginia

Virginia has a long an illustrious history when it comes to Thoroughbred racehorses – a history that includes the legendary Secretariat, a stallion born and raised in Caroline County, who won the 1973 Triple Crown.

Virginia has been a great producer of successful racehorses since well before the Civil War and numerous Virginia-bred Thoroughbreds have participated in the Kentucky Derby. The 1960s was somewhat of a golden age for Virginia horse breeding, with approximately 1,400 thoroughbreds produced per annum (4th highest number in the country). Today, the number of breeders in Virginia is much lower and the operations smaller.

About Virginia

Sir archyVirginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The state, which smaller than Ohio but larger than Tennessee, is nestled between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and was the location of some of the first English colonial possessions established in mainland North America.

Virginia enjoys a humid subtropical climate which is largely impacted by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay. Even during January, which is the coldest month, the average temperature in Virginia is just a few degrees below the freezing point. The warmest month is July, when the temperature averages around 86 °F (30 °C). The further south and east you go in Virginia, the warmer and more humid the climate becomes.

The main sectors of the economy are agriculture, federal agencies and military facilities. The Shenandoah Valley is especially known for its farms, while a majority of the federal agencies – including the CIA headquarters – are found in the northern part of the state. The military activities are centered around Hampton Roads, since that is where the region’s main seaport is located.

Northern Virginia is the part of the state with the highest-income and it actually includes several of the twenty highest-income counties in the United States. According to a 2013 study by Phoenix Marketing International, Virginia had the seventh-largest number of millionaires per capita in the United States.

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Short facts about Virginia


42,774.2 sq mi
(110,785.67 sq km)

35th largest of U.S. States and Territories

Population 8,411,808 (2016 estimate)

12th most populous of the U.S. States and Territories

Capital Richmond
Largest city Virginia Beach
Largest metropolitan area Washington metropolitan area
Time zone Eastern: UTC -5/-4
Admission to Union June 25, 1788 (10th)
Motto Sic semper tyrannis
Nicknames Old Dominion

Mother of Presidents

Mother of Statesmen

Mother of States

Demonym Virginian

Did you know that…..?

  • Virginia was one of the 13 colonies in the American Revolution.
  • Virginians were instrumental in the creation of the United States Constitution. James Madison drafted the Virginia Plan in 1787 and the Bill of Rights in 1789.
  • Both Virginia and Maryland ceded territory to form the new District of Columbia in 1790. In 1846, the land ceded by Virginia was retroceded.
  • Virginia joined the Confederacy in the American Civil War. During the war, Richmond was the Confederate capital.
  • Following reconstruction, Virginia was under one-party rule for nearly a century.
  • The dialect spoken in Virginia’s Piedmont region has had a very strong influence on Southern American English. Examples of other dialects spoken in Virginia are Old Virginia accent, Tidewater accent and Tangier Island Elizabethan English.
  • In 2017, the unemployment rate in Virginia was 3.8% which was below the national average.