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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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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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Motion Duo Headed For Saturday’s New Kent County Virginia Derby

The 17th running of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) on the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs, scheduled for this Saturday August 31, could feature a pair of Graham Motion trained three-year-olds in the field and another pair in under card stakes. “I’m inclined to enter both English Bee and Shootin […]

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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 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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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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