Monthly Archives: February 2019

‘Light After Dark’ – Battle of Midway Colt Born Sunday In Virginia

The following appeared in The Paulick Report February 25th.

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 $1.5 million in his two-part, 16-start career, with an 8-4-2 record. While at stud at WinStar… Continue reading

Meadow Event Park To Host Secretariat Birthday Celebration On March 30th

The Meadow Event Park, historic birthplace of the 1973 Triple Crown champion in Caroline County, will present the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 30 with an array of festivities that will include a 50th birthday tribute to stablemate Riva Ridge. The 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner was known as the “horse that saved Meadow Farm.”

Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of The Meadow’s Penny Chenery, will be the celebrity host for the event, which will also feature… Continue reading

Mid February Photo Update Of Progress At Colonial Downs

Below are some pictures showing progress updates at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent from a February 15th visit. The track will reopen in late April with their Rosie’s Gaming Emporium project, which features live simulcast horse racing and 600 or so historical horse racing terminals. Live thoroughbred racing returns on August 8th with a 15 day meet that will run through September 7th. The Virginia Derby will return on Saturday August 31st and the Virginia Oaks is expected to… Continue reading

Off To The Races Radio Show Makes Its 2019 Debut Saturday February 16

Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network will make its 2019 debut on Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m..

Saturday’s show will feature a bumper crop of great guests. Those include Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra and John Marshall, general manager of the new Colonial Downs. Also on the docket are program regulars Derby Bill Watson and Nick Hahn to handicap the day’s biggest races.

The program airs every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for one hour… Continue reading

Colonial Downs, VA HBPA Pledge TAA Contributions

The following appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News February 13th.

Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have each pledged $15 per starter at the 2019 Colonial Downs meet to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Colonial Downs will hold 15 live days of racing with opening day Aug. 8 and closing day Sept. 7.

“Colonial Downs Group is delighted to add life to Thoroughbred aftercare. The horse allows us to practice our labor of love and reminds us Virginians… Continue reading

Simulcast Wagering & Historical Racing Approved For New Kent & Vinton Sites At Feb. 14 VRC Meeting

Approvals for simulcast wagering and historical horse racing at future Rosie’s Gaming Emporium sites at Colonial Downs in New Kent and in Vinton were approved this morning by the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) at its monthly meeting in downtown Richmond.

Aaron Gomes, COO of the Colonial Downs Gaming Group, gave an update on recent activities. This past Monday, they broke ground on their fourth Rosie’s location in Hampton, in the Power Plant complex next to the Bass Pro Shops. That… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Holds Ceremonial Ground Breaking Event At New Rosie’s Gaming Center In Hampton

Congratulations to the Colonial Downs team, who had a ceremonial ground breaking at their newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium site in Hampton Monday morning (February 11th).

The 40,000 square foot facility is in the Power Plant complex, directly across I-64 from the former Colonial Downs OTB. 700 historical horse racing machines along with an OTB area will be featured in the section of buildings where the former Nascar Sports Grill was located. Projected opening is this September.

The Rosie’s site in… Continue reading

Six Virginia-Breds Are Among 17 Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown Nominees

The following appeared in The Racing Biz February 7th. 

Seventeen horses bred in the mid-Atlantic region are among the 362 horses that have been nominated to the Triple Crown series. Early nomination cost the connections $600 per horse, while the next round, which closes April 1, will cost them $6,000.

The 362 runners nominated is two more than were nominated early in 2018. The series includes the Kentucky Derby on May 4, the Preakness Stakes May 18, and the… Continue reading