Yearly Archives: 2019

And They’re Off: Hampton Council Approves Off Track Betting Facility

The following appeared in January 9th and was written by Lisa Vernon Sparks.

A near 24-hour off-track betting facility is coming to Hampton as soon as late summer.

Hampton City Council Wednesday evening approved a use permit, plus an amendment for extended hours, to allow Colonial Downs Group to build a satellite wagering facility, dubbed Rosie’s Gaming Emporium.

The amusement center brings fresh entertainment to the city’s Power Plant of Hampton Roads shopping district and makes use of some… Continue reading

Colonial Downs To Donate $500,000 Over 5 Years To Richmond Elementary School

The following appeared in The Paulick Report January 9th.

The Colonial Downs Group today announced that it will donate $500,000 over the first five years of its active operations in the city of Richmond to Miles Jones Elementary School. The school is located near the soon to open Rosie’s Gaming Emporium on Midlothian Turnpike. As a symbol of this new relationship, representatives of the Colonial Downs Group presented school leaders with a $20,000 contribution at a ceremony at the school… Continue reading

Legendary Crump Still In Love With Horses

The following piece appeared in The Paulick Report January 9th and is a feature on Diane Crump, the first female rider in history who now lives in Northern Virginia and makes her living as a horse “agent” of sorts. 

Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Legendary Crump Still In Love With Horses
by Liane Crossley | 01.08.2019 | 2:34pm

Diane Crump, second from the rail, breaks from the gate at Hialeah on Feb. 7, 1969

The name Diane Crump… Continue reading

Extra Cash For Point To Points; New VEA Program Will Bolster Steeplechase Circuit

The following piece appeared on and was written by Besty Burke Parker.

Virginia’s thoroughbred industry is embracing the 2019 reopening of Colonial Downs.

Now the steeplechase community has an exciting development to fuel their sport.

On Monday, the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) unveiled plans to reward point-to-point and steeplechase owners and trainers with cash payments, a plan aimed at increasing participation, officials say.

According to the system, every time a Virginia-owned or -trained horse makes a start in a… Continue reading

Kaleen Shah’s Bellafina Back To Brilliant Best In The January 6th Santa Ynez Stakes

Virginia business owner Kaleen Shah’s Bellafina scored a big Grade 2 win January 6th at Santa Anita. Her 2019 travels could now include the May 3rd Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. This piece was written by Kelly Reilley for

Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina is back. Turning the page on her subpar effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), the Simon Callaghan trainee romped in Sunday’s $200,000 Santa Ynez S. (G2) by 8 1/2 lengths. That’s almost as many as… Continue reading

$5,000 Awarded To Top ’16 Virginia Yearling Futurity Money Earners

A total of $5,000 in bonus monies were awarded to the top four money earning three year old horses that participated in the 2016 Virginia Yearling Futurity. Determined Vision, who was both the Champion colt and overall Grand Champion that year, earned a $3,000 first place bonus. What the Beep finished second and was awarded $1,000. Virginia Fable and Blushing Justine were third and fourth respectively and each collected awards of $700 and $300.

Determined Vision holds off Available (outside)… Continue reading