'Beautiful Virginia-Bred': Gigante Rolls to Main Track Victory in Commonwealth Turf
November 27, 2023
The Virginia Thoroughbred Association\'s (VTA) 2022 Virginia-Bred Two-Year-Colt Champion Gigante is back with another stakes win. Gigante was bred by Ann Backer in the Plains, VA. The colt started his racing career at Colonial Downs, breaking his maiden in the second start of his two-year old season. His stakes-winning ways… …Read More »
Longtime Breeder and Member of the VTA, Bobby Gene "Bob" Sowder Passes Away
November 10, 2023
Originally posted on on 10/28/23. B.G. “Bob” Sowder of Catlett, VA, passed away on October 14, 2023. One of eleven children, he was born December 4, 1937, in Weirwood, WV, to William Ernest and Goldie Pearl (Settle) Sowder. He is survived by his wife, Janet, of 62 years, son,… …Read More »
Da Hoss Stakes Winner, Nobals Rallies Up Rail to Land Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
November 6, 2023
Colonial Down\'s alumni Nobals was back in style over the weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Winning the Breeder\'s Cup Turf Sprint in his first start back after taking the $150,000 Black type Da Hoss stakes over the summer in New Kent, VA. Originally Posted on on… …Read More »
Wolfie's Dynaghost Makes All For Autumn Triumph, First Graded Score
November 6, 2023
Virginia Certified Wolfie\'s Dynaghost wins first graded stakes race at Woodbine. The five-year-old gelding was certified at Rene & Lauren Woolcott\'s Woodslane Farm in Middleburg, VA. Wolfie\'s Dynaghost is a Colonial Downs alumni, having won the 2022 Bert Allen Stakes in New Kent, VA. Originally posted on on 11/5,… …Read More »
Petes For Real Finishes 3-for-3 In Virginia Breeders Championship Series at Shenandoah Downs; Scores In $85,250 Finale 
November 6, 2023
(WOODSTOCK, VA --- 10/30/2023) --- Pam Wagner\'s Petes For Real completed a sweep of his Virginia Breeder\'s divisional championship series with a big win in Sunday\'s $85,025 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace, one of eight title races for freshman and sophomore pacers and trotters of both sexes that were on… …Read More »


2023 Virginia Gold Cup
Join us at theInternational Gold Cup Saturday, October 28 • 11 am Great Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia The VTA and VAHBPA invite you to join your friends and… …Read More »
Colonial Downs Opening Day Picnic
LUNCH IS ON US! Thursday, August 13 at Colonial Downs. For more information, contact Kim Buswell at …Read More »
Enjoy the suites at Colonial Downs
New this year, VTA & VHBPA members will have access to two horsemen's suites on the 4th floor (Suites #4 & #5). To receive your wristband and access to the… …Read More »
2023 Colonial Downs Stakes Schedule
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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 »