Monthly Archives: April 2019

Virginia-Bred Out for a Spin Drives for Kentucky Oaks Glory

Longshot Ashland Stakes (G1) winner blossoms at right time

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Out for a Spin was a 52-1 outsider a few weeks ago when she pulled off a monumental upset in Keeneland‘s Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1), but don’t expect that price in the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). The quick daughter of Hard Spun  has come to hand quickly and will be led over to the paddock by Dallas Stewart, a trainer who… Continue reading

One Go All Go To Receive Horse of the Year Honors At VTA Awards Ceremony May 3rd

One Go All Go will receive Horse of the Year honors on Friday May 3rd at the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s annual awards reception at the trackside Turf Club tent at Great Meadow in The Plains. The event will take place on the eve of the Virginia Gold Cup races.

One Go All Go won $363,550 in purse monies in 2018. Photo by Jim McCue.

One Go All Go, with a win, a trio of runner-up finishes and a third in… Continue reading

Rosie’s Gaming At Colonial Downs In New Kent Opens With Huge Fanfare

It’s finally official! Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent opened its doors April 23rd at 11 AM that was preceded by a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Invited guests and 500 players jammed the lobby and outside walkway at Colonial Downs April 23rd for the Rosie’s ribbon cutting.

The facility features 600 Historical Horse Racing machines, live simulcast wagering from tracks around the country, four cocktail lounges, a concessions/dining area and a gift shop.

Bugler Jonathan Greenberg got… Continue reading

Pictures From Controlled Burn Of Colonial Downs’ Turf Course

It’s another sign that thoroughbred racing is about to return to Colonial Downs in New Kent! On Tuesday April 16th, a controlled burn took place over the track’s 1 1/8 miles Secretariat Turf Course.

The fire, a spectacular site at times, took dead cover off the top all the way around in a several hour process.

John Dale Thomas, the VEA Track Superintendent who oversaw the burn in conjunction with the New Kent Fire Department, said the bermuda grass surface… Continue reading

Sneak Peak At Colonial Downs Rosie’s Gaming Center In New Kent

The first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, located at Colonial Downs in New Kent, held the first of several preview days on April 18th.

This highly anticipated Rosie’s will open Tuesday April 23rd at 11 AM with a ribbon cutting set for 10:45 AM. The first 500 attendees will receive a commemorative t-shirt and anyone that signs up for a Players Card will get a $10 free play voucher.

The New Kent site features 600 historical horse racing terminals.
The Rosie’s in… Continue reading

Colonial Downs, Exacta Systems Sign 10-Year Deal On Historical Horse Racing Machines

The following appeared in The Paulick Report April 18th. Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent will open its Rosie’s Gaming Emporium facility on Tuesday April 23rd at 11 AM. It will feature 600 HHR terminals, live simulcast wagering, restaurant and bar. Details are at

Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County, Va., is set for the grand opening of its Historic Horse Racing facility on Tuesday, April 23.  The facility will open with 600 Exacta Systems HHR terminals after… Continue reading

Scorpiancer Headlines Grade I Gwathmey Handicap Saturday At Middleburg Spring Races

The following was written by Don Clippinger and appeared at The 99th running of the Middleburg Spring Races is Saturday April 20th at Glenwood Park.

Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer, 2017’s Eclipse Award champion, will carry the 158-pound highweight in Saturday’s talent-packed edition of the $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 1), the featured race of the 99th annual Middleburg Spring Races at Glenwood Park.

Also on the program is the $30,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup, which will be headlined by Two’s Company,… Continue reading

Colonial Downs To Conduct A Controlled Burn Of The Turf Course Tuesday

By NBC12 Newsroom| April 16, 2019 at 2:23 AM EDT – Updated April 16 at 5:23 AM

NEW KENT COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – Don’t worry if you see smoke in the sky along I-64 in New Kent County on Tuesday.

An image from last May’s turf course burn at Colonial Downs.

To prepare for the return of thoroughbred horse racing in Virginia, Colonial Downs will facilitate a controlled burn of its 1 1/8 mile turf track at 4 p.m.… Continue reading

2019 Colonial Downs Stakes Schedule

The 2019 Colonial Downs stakes schedule was released today. Stakes for Virginia-bred and sired horses are featured on both opening and closing weekends. The highlight of the meet is Saturday, August 31st when both the Grade 3 Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks are scheduled to run.

*All Virgina-bred/sired stakes with less than six entries will be opened to Virginia-certified horses. The Punch Line stakes is a non-black-type stakes.

Rosie’s Gaming Emporium Set To Open At Colonial Downs Racetrack On April 23rd

It’s finally here — the highly anticipated opening of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent is set for Tuesday April 23rd at 11:00 AM! 

Additional Rosie’s sites will open in May (Vinton), June (Richmond) and September (Hampton).

The new look venue will feature 600 historical horse racing (HHR) terminals along with live simulcast wagering from tracks around the country. Players can pick and choose from any of the Exacta Systems game terminals that look, feel… Continue reading