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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’ Comeback Card Features 107 Entrants In 10 Races

With new ownership, renovated facilities, and a $300 million investment into Virginia racing in progress, Colonial Downs is set to usher in a new era of thoroughbred racing this coming Thursday August 8th with a ten-race program beginning at 5 PM. Thoroughbred horses last ran at Colonial in the summer of 2013. A total of […]

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Colonial Downs Stable Area To Open July 25; Incentives Added To $500,000 Daily Purses

With the barn area opening on July 25, anticipation is running high for the 2019 Colonial Downs race meeting after a six-year hiatus of flat racing in Virginia, highlighted by the enthusiastic arrival of trainers across the Middle Atlantic, Northeast and Midwestern regions, and attracted by a strong purse structure of $500,000 per day and […]

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$500,000 In Daily Purses, Robust Stakes Schedule For Return To Racing At Colonial Downs

Led by the $250,000 Virginia Derby (G3), Colonial Downs announced its 2019 stakes schedule for the 15-day race meeting, Aug. 8 – Sept. 7, which will include $1.8 million in stakes purses as flat racing returns to Virginia for the first time since 2013. Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, Colonial Downs has been […]

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Colonial Downs Names Industry Veteran Allison De Luca As Racing Secretary

The Colonial Downs Group today announced that it has tapped Allison De Luca to serve as racing secretary. De Luca comes to Colonial Downs Group from Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla., where she has served as racing secretary since 2006. A graduate of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, De […]

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‘Everybody’s Friend’: Late Forrest Kaelin Honored In Tampa Winner’s Circle

Today’s fifth race was named for trainer Forrest Kaelin, who died in July at 83. As evidenced by the turnout in the winner’s circle after The Forrest Kaelin Memorial Purse, he was a beloved and respected figure at Tampa Bay Downs, dating back to his arrival here as a jockey in 1956 when the track […]

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Forrest Kaelin, ‘Dean Of Kentucky Horsemen,’ Dead At 83

Forrest Kaelin, the dean of Kentucky horsemen and a fixture at Ellis Park for almost 70 years as a jockey and a trainer, died Thursday at his Louisville home. He was 83 and had been married to Betty Kaelin for 63 years. Kaelin, a native of Louisville, retired May 31 because of failing health. He […]

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Jenny Bowman Promoted To Racing Secretary At Penn National

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course is pleased to announce the promotion of Jenny Bowman to the position of Racing Secretary. Jenny fills the role left vacant with the retirement of David Bailey, and she joins Georganne Hale and Alison De Luca as one of the few women to occupy this vital position at […]

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Tampa ‘Festival Day’ Handle An All-Time High At $12.25 Million

A few years from now, and even further down the road, many in Saturday’s Festival Day 36 Presented by Lambholm South crowd of 10,206 will begin discussions with “I was at Tampa Bay Downs that day. …” The memories will carry an even brighter glow if Grade II Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Destin […]

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Opening Day Attracts 121 Entries For 10 Races At Tampa Bay Downs

Full fields and the return of two Tampa Bay Downs stakes winners highlight a 10-race card Saturday on Opening Day at the Oldsmar oval. In addition to the feature ninth race, the $28,000 Lightning City Prep for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf, the program includes the first legs of the popular […]

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