virginia horse racing

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’ Resurgence Good News For Barrel Racers?

The Thoroughbred farms and breeding businesses in Middleburg and Charlottesville, Va., weren’t the only equine operations hoping for an economic boost from the new season at Colonial Downs. The return of flat racing to the Virginia track has also fueled economic development elsewhere in New Kent County.  For Holly Alexander and business partner Stella Follett, […]

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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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Juvenile Races On Turf Support Virginia Derby Card At Colonial Downs

A pair of $100,000 races for 2-year-olds on the Secretariat Turf Course – the 1 1/16-mile Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance/Kitten’s Joy Stakes and the 5 ½-furlong Exacta System’s Rosie’s Stakes – bolster the stellar Virginia Derby Night program on Saturday (Aug. 31) evening at Colonial Downs.   Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a […]

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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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The Story Behind Sea Hero’s Presence In The Saratoga Paddock

When the Turkish Jockey Club announced the death of classic winner and stallion Sea Hero in mid-July, the statue of the horse that resides in the Saratoga Race Course paddock was adorned with a blanket of flowers in the colors of owner and breeder Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables. Social media was filled with pictures of […]

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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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Colonial Downs Implements New Safety Protocols For Return To Racing

In restoring Thoroughbred racing in Virginia after a six-year hiatus, Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the Virginia Racing Commission, today announced a comprehensive set of elevated safety and horse welfare procedures and protocols for its upcoming race meeting, which opens on August 8.   These broad-based protocols will encompass Pre-Race Examinations, Medication, Test Barn Procedures and […]

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In A Time Of Change, Wingrove Is A Constant At Colonial Downs

In the time that thoroughbred racing last took place at Colonial Downs in 2013 to the time a new era will be ushered in six years later on August 8th, one constant has remained through the regime change and down time. Jeff Wingrove started working at Colonial in 2005 and after serving in various positions […]

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Fasig-Tipton To Sponsor Virginia Oaks At New Colonial Downs Meet

Fasig-Tipton has reached an agreement with Colonial Downs to sponsor the Virginia Oaks at the racetrack’s upcoming meet. The $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks will be run on August 31, along with the $250,000 Virginia Derby (G3). These races are part of a 17-race stakes schedule totaling $1.8 million that will be conducted during the 15-day live […]

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