Virginia racing

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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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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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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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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Calumet Holds Strong Hand In Virginia Derby At Colonial Downs

Calumet Farm’s English Channel colt English Bee and its Street Sense colt Tracksmith lead a field of nine 3-year-olds that will compete over 1 1/8 miles Saturday in the 17th running of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) at Colonial Downs. The Virginia Derby along with the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks headline […]

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Colonial Downs Schedules Sept. 4 Make-Up Racing Program

Colonial Downs officials announced that the Thursday August 22nd card of racing, which was cancelled due to severe storms, will be made up on Wednesday September 4th, with a first post time scheduled for 5 PM. The final week of Colonial’s summer season will now include four consecutive cards on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. […]

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Colonial Cancels Thursday Card Due To Severe Thunderstorms

Thursday’s nine race program at Colonial Downs was cancelled due to severe late afternoon thunderstorms that rolled into the New Kent area right around when racing was scheduled. For the safety of the equine competitors and racing fans, the entire card was cancelled shortly before 6:00 PM. The program is expected to be made up. […]

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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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