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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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‘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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Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award Winners Announced At Keeneland

The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, now in its fourth year in the United States, concluded this afternoon with Keeneland hosting the ceremony in Lexington. Jill Byrne, Vice President of Racing Operations at Colonial Downs, was once again the master of ceremonies, with Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott on hand to present the awards. Jimmy […]

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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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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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TVG Alumni To Return For Special Broadcast Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Jill Byrne, Julie Krone, Frank Lyons, Gary Mandella and a special guest appearance by Chris Harrison will highlight the finale of TVG’s summer-long 20th anniversary celebration, on a special TVG Alumni telecast on Sunday, Sept. 1, from Del Mar. The telecast will feature the return of many popular TVG personalities from the past 20 years.  […]

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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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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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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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