Colonial Downs

Leading Stables Nominate To Virginia Derby, Oaks At Colonial Downs

Topped by horses from nationally prominent trainers like multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans, Graham Motion, Mike Maker, Dallas Stewart, Ian Wilkes and Joe Sharp, the return of the Grade 3, $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby attracted 47 3-year-olds. Its sister race, the listed $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks, boasts 34 sophomore fillies […]

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Colonial Downs Broadcasting In High Definition Thanks To The Jockey Club Grant Fund

Colonial Downs, which opened on August 8 for its first live race meet since 2013, is broadcasting races this year in high definition. The signal upgrade was assisted through The Jockey Club High Definition (HD) Grant Fund. Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, announced the creation of the HD Grant Fund at […]

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TAA, Virginia HBPA Partner For Best Turned Out Awards On Virginia Derby Day

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is partnering with the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to present the Best Turned Out Horse Awards on Virginia Derby Day held Aug. 31 at Colonial Downs. The Virginia HBPA will sponsor a cash prize and gift bag to be given to the winning groom of the Best Turned Out […]

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‘Only Going To Get Better From Here’: Colonial Crowns Two More Stakes Winners Saturday

Despite the fact that Da Hoss Stakes winner Extravagant Kid was invading from Kentucky (via Toronto), the son of Kiss the Kid has strong Virginia ties with owner David Ross of DARRS Inc. who was instrumental in bringing racing back to the Commonwealth. Sheldon Russell rode the 6-year-old gelding to a one-length victory covering the […]

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Colonial Downs Officials ‘Especially Proud’ Of Opening Weekend Reception

Spearheaded by large fields, an influx of nationally-rated horsemen and strong reviews for both the dirt and turf courses, Colonial Downs officials are very encouraged by the overall results of the first week of Thoroughbred racing at the track in six years. The “Racing Revival” at Colonial was launched last Thursday with a 10-race card, […]

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‘Hard To Put Into Words’: Virginia-Bred What The Beep Wins Colonial’s Gilpin Stakes

Eagle Point Farm’s homebred filly What the Beep overtook longshot Big Lick Farm’s English Heiress in deep stretch to win the $100,000 M. Tyson Gilpin Stakes by a length, the first of four six-figure stakes races restricted to Virginia-breds highlighting the first Saturday card at Colonial Downs. Forest Boyce rode the Karen Godsey-trained 4-year-old who […]

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Racing Revival: First Card At Colonial Downs An ‘Unqualified Success’

With the call of “Riders Up” from Kate Tweedy Chenery, daughter of Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, Thoroughbred racing in Virginia began a new era Thursday evening as Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va., opened racing for the first time in six years to enthusiastic crowds, racing luminaries and top flight racing from horsemen and jockeys […]

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‘Proud Of What We Have Accomplished’: Colonial Downs Reopens After Five Years

Thoroughbred horse racing is back in Virginia. Colonial Downs, which originally opened on September 1, 1997 and then closed on October 14, 2014, is once again open for business with the newly named Secretariat Turf Course. Secretariat, who was born at Meadow Stable in Doswell, Va., in 1970, took the Triple Crown in 1973 when […]

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Colonial Downs Opening Weekend Loaded With Virginia-Bred Talent

Virginia-bred runners are featured Saturday night (August 10th) at Colonial Downs in four $100,000 stakes races, all to be contested over the Secretariat Turf Course and are the first such races to be run in the Commonwealth since 2013. Under new ownership of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment and renovated facilities, this meeting marks the re-birth of […]

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TVG Plans Coverage of Colonial Downs Meeting

Officials of Colonial Downs Group and Television Games Network (TVG) today announced that TVG, America’s leading Thoroughbred racing network and advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, will televise races for the 2019 Colonial Downs meeting, beginning with opening day this Thursday, Aug. 8. With Peninsula Pacific Entertainment as new ownership, renovated facilities, and an average daily […]

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