historical horse racing

Kentucky Downs Launches Expansion And Renovation Project

Kentucky Downs officially embarked on a new era under the ownership headed by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone with Thursday’s groundbreaking for the $25 million first phase of the racetrack and year-round gaming and entertainment facility’s expansion and renovation. “Today was starting the process: We’re going to make it bigger and better from top to […]

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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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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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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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Churchill Commits To Add Hotel, Historical Racing Machines By 2021 Derby

A hotel on the clubhouse turn will be the latest change to the iconic skyline of Churchill Downs, according to wdrb.com. CEO Bill Carstanjen told investors on Thursday’s quarterly earnings call that the hotel is expected to be finished before the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The success of the Churchill-owned Derby City Gaming’s historical racing machines ($9 […]

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New Historical Horse Racing Machine Developer Castle Hill Gaming Joins NTRA

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that Castle Hill Gaming has joined the organization. Since 2013, Castle Hill Gaming has provided state-of-the-art gaming products to casino gaming facilities across the United States. The company is led by a team of veterans from the online computer game developer Kesmai Corporation and the Native American Class […]

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Colonial Downs Group Opens Rosie’s Richmond With 700 Historical Racing Terminals

At a ceremonial ribbon cutting, Colonial Downs Group announced today that Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is now open in Richmond, Va. Rosie’s Richmond features 700 historical horse racing (HHR) machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurant and bar, and gift shop. Aaron Gomes, chief operating officer of Colonial Downs Group, stated, “It is very exciting to be opening […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Classic Win The Realization Of A Dream For Tracy Farmer

He’s Kentucky born and raised, but Tracy Farmer’s biggest racing successes have come in New York. There was Nick Zito-trained Albert the Great, a horse named for the late Albert Clay, a good friend of Farmer who bred the son of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin. Albert the Great won the G1 […]

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Colonial Downs Launches Voter Referendum Efforts To Allow Pari-Mutuel Wagering In New Virginia County

Colonial Downs Group announced today the submission of paperwork with the clerks of court in the jurisdictions of Danville and Dumfries (Prince William County) to initiate the process of voter referendums to allow pari-mutuel wagering at satellite facilities in accordance with the state code of Virginia. “Since we announced the re-opening of Colonial Downs in […]

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Second Rosie’s Gaming Emporium Opens In Advance Of Racing’s Return To Colonial Downs

Colonial Downs Gaming held a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday to open Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Vinton, Va. Rosie’s features 150 historical horse racing (HHR) machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurant and bar, and gift shop. Ernie Dellaverson, general manager of Rosie’s Vinton, stated, “After months and months of planning and construction renovations, we are thrilled […]

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