News

WE HEARD YOU - UPDATED 2023 VIRGINIA-CERTIFIED RULE CHANGES
January 27, 2023
On January 9th, we announced changes to the bonus payout guidelines for the Virginia-Certified and Virginia-Bred owner/developer programs. As we explained in our earlier notice, these programs are funded from revenue generated by Historical Horse Racing (HHR) machines which also fund other aspects of Virginia's racing …Read More »
Two Colonial Downs OTB Managers Celebrate 25 Years of Working Together
January 18, 2023
Congratulations to two longtime Virginia horse racing industry employees —- who both started working at the Colonial Downs Off Track Betting Center in Alberta in December, 1997 —- and are still working at Colonial Downs, some 25 years later!  Paulette Coleman and Karen Henson started work the same day that December …Read More »
'Folks Think We Are Crazy': Colonial Downs to Switch to Weekend Dates in an Attempt to Draw Better Crowds
December 28, 2022
The following appeared on richmond.com December 27, 2022 and was written by Jerry Lindquist. Virginia has never been considered a major player in the world of Thoroughbred horse racing, but recent developments have thrust it into the national spotlight. Famed operator Churchill Downs finalized its purchase of Colonial Downs …Read More »
Colonial Downs Receives 2023 Race Date Approval That Features a Thursday, Friday & Saturday Schedule
December 15, 2022
Colonial Downs race dates for 2023 were approved at the Virginia Racing Commission's December 14 meeting, and the 27-day, 9-week meet features a move to partial weekend racing after several years of operating on a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday afternoon schedule. The summer campaign will run from July …Read More »
Jill Byrne Leaving Colonial Downs After "Exhausting, Rewarding' Tenure
December 12, 2022
The following appeared at "theracingbiz.com” December 12 and was written by Nick Hahn. With the November closing of a multistate sale of assets from Peninsula Pacific Entertainment to Churchill Downs, the upcoming Virginia Racing Commission meeting on December 14 will provide new insight into a new era …Read More »

Events

2023 Stallion Auction
The 2023 Stallion Auction will be held on February 14, 2023. Check back for more information. …Read More »
2023 Rappahannock Point-to-Point
Rappahannock Point-to-Point at the Hill in Boston, VA will be held on March 4, 2023. …Read More »
2023 Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point
Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point at Airlie Racecourse will be held on March 18, 2023. …Read More »
2023 Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point
Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point at Salem Course in Upperville will be held on March 25, 2023. …Read More »
Opening Day of Shenandoah Downs 7-week spring harness racing season
Opening day of Shenandoah Downs 7-week spring harness racing season in Woodstock starts April 1, 2023. …Read More »