Colonial Downs

Jason Beem’s Racing Life Has Seen Highs, Lows, And A Twitter Joke That Went Viral

You may know Jason Beem as the part-time announcer at Monmouth Park, or from the recently-ended Colonial Downs meet. Or, you may know him for his weekly racing podcast, broadcast first from BetAmerica and now by TwinSpires. Or possibly you’ve read his debut novel Southbound which he’s currently converting into a movie script. But it’s […]

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It’s A Woman’s World At Colonial Downs

Several months into her new job as vice president of racing operations, someone drew Jill Byrne’s attention to something unusual about the management structure at Colonial Downs: an awful lot of top spots at the Virginia racetrack’s recent meet were filled by women. “It’s funny — I look at it as yes, it’s a dominant […]

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Colonial Downs Concludes ‘Outstanding’ Meet With Total Handle Over $17.5 Million

Sparked by outstanding participation from horsemen and racing fans, Colonial Downs concluded its 2019 race meeting on Saturday night punctuated by a lucrative daily purse structure, large fields, and an emphasis on horse safety and welfare for its participants. Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, Colonial Downs […]

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Five Virginia-Bred Stakes Close Out ‘Racing Revival’ At Colonial Downs

Fittingly, it was the Virginia-breds who were in the focus Saturday night, the closing night of the Colonial Downs season. Dubbed the “Racing Revival,” the New Kent, Va. meet was the first in the Commonwealth in six years as well as the first under the management of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula […]

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Colonial Downs’ Resurgence Good News For Barrel Racers?

The Thoroughbred farms and breeding businesses in Middleburg and Charlottesville, Va., weren’t the only equine operations hoping for an economic boost from the new season at Colonial Downs. The return of flat racing to the Virginia track has also fueled economic development elsewhere in New Kent County.  For Holly Alexander and business partner Stella Follett, […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Safety Success, ‘Historical’ Impact?

The summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga are in the books, and there’s plenty to unpack about the results. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the outcomes in terms of safety — and the bottom line. Plus, how much of a difference are historical horse racing machines […]

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Rebirth Of Virginia’s Colonial Downs A ‘Feel-Good Story’

It’s a rarity in horse racing to find a place, be it physical or conceptual, where people can agree. It’s also unusual to hear about a track opening in 2019, which has already seen the closure of Portland Meadows and a likely mortal blow to Arlington Park. Colonial Downs, which is preparing to wrap up […]

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Virginia-Breds Take Center Stage On Closing Day At Colonial Downs

The first season of the “Racing Revival” at Colonial Downs comes to a close Saturday night (September 7) with a stakes-laden card focusing on Virginia-bred runners. All five stakes races are to be run over the Secretariat Turf Course which has gotten rave reviews from the horsemen competing here this season. Three of the events […]

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English Bee’s Virginia Derby Triumph Erases Sting Of Previous Losses For Motion

English Bee, who races in the colors of Calumet Farm, stalked a pedestrian pace before overtaking front-running Credit Swap in mid-stretch, and held off a late rally from Jais’s Solitude to win the Grade 3, $250,000 New Kent Virginia Derby by a head at Colonial Downs in Virginia. Jorge Vargas, Jr. was aboard the Graham Motion-trained […]

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Colonial Downs: Virginia Derby Card Includes Pair Of Pick 5 Wagers With 12 Percent Takeout

Led by two Pick 5 wagers and an All-Stakes late Pick 4, Colonial Downs is offering a tantalizing wagering menu for Saturday evening’s (Aug. 31) 10-race program, featuring the return of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (G3).  Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, Colonial Downs […]

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