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Colonial Downs Conducting Controlled Annual Turf Burn Monday

At a time when everyone is seeking signs of a return to normalcy in the months ahead, Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the New Kent Fire Department and Virginia Department of Forestry, will conduct a controlled burn of its Secretariat Turf Course today (March 30). The burn will take place, conditions permitting (high winds could […]

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Virginia-Certified Program Distributes $1,357,730 In Additional Earnings In 2019

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s residency program hit a new gear in 2019 as $1,357,730 in bonus monies were distributed from 338 victories at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region. A total of 156 different owners, who had a horse spend at least six months at a registered farm in the Commonwealth prior to Dec. 31st of […]

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Virginia Breeders Fund Pays Out Over $712,000 In Bonuses In 2019

A total of $712,500 in bonus awards were paid out in 2019 to Virginia breeders courtesy of the Virginia Breeders Fund. A total of 45 different breeders shared in the prize pool which came from 165 state-bred winners who amassed purse earnings of $3,298,412. The Virginia Breeders fund is generated by 1 percent of every […]

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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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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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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Backer Builds Upon On Her Farm’s Legacy

Horses were originally her husband’s passion, and when William Montague “Bill” Backer died 3 1/2 years ago Ann Backer wasn’t sure whether she would carry on with the business. With the help of long-time farm manager Susan Dunham, Backer restructured her Virginia-based program and has found herself truly enjoying the Thoroughbred game. “Upon his death, […]

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Five Virginia-Bred Stakes Close Out ‘Racing Revival’ At Colonial Downs

Fittingly, it was the Virginia-breds who were in the focus Saturday night, the closing night of the Colonial Downs season. Dubbed the “Racing Revival,” the New Kent, Va. meet was the first in the Commonwealth in six years as well as the first under the management of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula […]

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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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‘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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