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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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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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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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‘Light After Darkness’: Battle Of Midway Colt Born Sunday In Virginia

Within 24 hours of the devastating loss of Breeders’ Cup champion Battle of Midway following a morning workout on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Santa Anita, came the delightful news that one of his foals was born at Jim and Katie Fitzgerald’s Chilly Bleak Farm in Marshall, Va. The 5-year-old Battle of Midway earned more than […]

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Holly In The Hayloft: Virginia Horse Rescue Goes Viral On Facebook

A 12-year-old mare followed her stomach into the hayloft of her barn in Virginia on Sunday night, according to fredericksburg.com, and like most horses was unable to negotiate the stairs back down to the ground. Holly’s misadventure eventually culminated in a successful four-hour rescue by Culpeper County’s Little Fork Volunteer Fire & Rescue Large Animal Rescue Team. […]

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Virginia Lawmakers Expected To Consider Bills On Sports Betting

State lawmakers in Virginia plan to file bills in the commonwealth’s General Assembly to legalize sports gambling, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It’s considered unlikely the General Assembly will pass anything allowing sports gambling at first, but as other states vote to allow it, the state may eventually be forced to keep up. Gov. Ralph […]

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Middleburg’s National Sporting Library A Treasure For Students Of Racing History

These days, it seems the answer to almost any question of Thoroughbred history can be found either in the stacks of the Keeneland Library or the archives at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. But there was a time when your average fan or journalist couldn’t access either. In the 1950s, Virginia […]

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Colonial Downs Owners Aim To Open 10 Off-Track Betting Facilities

The new owners of Colonial Downs in Virginia plan to re-open the racing facility in 2019 with financial backing from historical horse racing machines, according to The Breeze. The long-term plan is to operate the maximum-allowed 10 off-track betting facilities across the state, including taking over the four currently in existence, though Virginia Racing Commission officials […]

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