Colonial Downs

Virginia Breeders Fund Pays Out Over $712,000 In Bonuses In 2019

A total of $712,500 in bonus awards were paid out in 2019 to Virginia breeders courtesy of the Virginia Breeders Fund. A total of 45 different breeders shared in the prize pool which came from 165 state-bred winners who amassed purse earnings of $3,298,412. The Virginia Breeders fund is generated by 1 percent of every […]

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Colonial Downs Will Expand To 18 Race Dates In 2020; Premium Tickets On Sale Now

Live racing returns to Colonial Downs in New Kent County in July and August with premium tickets going on sale this Monday. General admission and parking are free. The best thoroughbred horses from around the country will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 23 through August 29. Premium tickets and full racing schedule […]

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Study: Colonial Downs Revival Will Generate Thousands Of Jobs, $445 Million In Economic Investment

A new economic study has found that the investment in Virginia by the Colonial Downs Group, consisting of the Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County and Rosie’s gaming facilities statewide, will support thousands of new jobs and generate millions in additional tax revenue to the Commonwealth and host localities over the upcoming year. That’s […]

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Virginia Racing Commission Eliminates Licensing Fees For 2020

In an effort to ease the financial burden of horsemen racing in multiple jurisdictions and encourage more horsemen to participate in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Racing Commission voted unanimously to eliminate license fees beginning on January 1, 2020. The license forms and instructions may be downloaded from our website by clicking on “Virginia Racing License” on the […]

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‘Successful Return Of Racing’ Leads To 18 Race Dates At Colonial Downs In 2020

Colonial Downs Group is very pleased to announce that the Virginia Racing Commission has approved 18 race dates in 2020 for Colonial Downs Racetrack. Racing will be conducted beginning July 23 and running through August 29 on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays with a scheduled post time of 5:30 pm. Colonial Downs will distribute $500,000 per […]

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Colonial Downs Announces Pay Increases; Track Will Double Virginia’s Minimum Wage

Colonial Downs Group announced today that it will increase the minimum wage at all company facilities statewide to $15 per hour, an amount double the current state minimum wage, starting in January. This impacts employees at Rosie’s historical horse racing satellite wagering facilities in Richmond, Hampton, Vinton and New Kent County, and all future facilities […]

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Report: Casino Gambling Could Take $9 Million From Purses In Virginia

A study by Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that casino gambling could be beneficial to the commonwealth, but would come with potential risks — including a significant blow to its recently-reborn Thoroughbred industry. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Virginia would gain $262 million in annual tax revenue from five potential casinos. The Pamunkey […]

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First Six Months Of Colonial Downs Numbers ‘Exceeding Expectations’

Colonial Downs Group announced today its first six months of financial results since beginning operations on April 18, 2019 in New Kent County, Va. The results also include operations in Vinton, which opened on May 6, 2019 and four months of results in Richmond, which opened on June 29, 2019. Colonial Downs Group is generating […]

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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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