Yearly Archives: 2020

Training Begins at Colonial Downs Ahead of 18 Day Season That Kicks Off July 27

Opening day for training at Colonial featured a combination of sun, clouds… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Team Member Brings Youthful Passion To The New Kent Race Office

Marsha Hudgins Brings Business Background To New Racing Commissioner Role

The VRC’s mission is to promote, sustain, grow and control a native horse racing industry with pari-mutuel wagering by prescribing regulations and conditions that command and promote excellence and complete honesty and integrity in racing and wagering.

Hudgins originally questioned whether she… Continue reading

Colonial Downs To Open 2020 Thoroughbred Meet On July 27 With Limited Spectator Attendance

New Monday thru Wednesday Evening Schedule 

 Stall demand exceeds supply 

NEW KENT, Va. (July 3, 2020) – Officials of Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, today announced that its 2020 Thoroughbred meeting would begin on Monday, July 27, with provisions for a limited number of spectators in attendance … Continue reading

Samantha Randazzo Is Well Prepared For Safety Compliance Officer Role at Colonial Downs 

When the stable area at Colonial Downs Racetrack opens July 13, Samantha Randazzo will begin her first stint as a Safety Compliance Officer, a job that is part of the new Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to reduce equine fatalities. Her “Best Practices” position focuses on 23 different responsibilities to ensure all activities and practices that involve the training and racing of horses at the track meet required safety standards and regulatory guidelines.

Among her duties, she will monitor daily activities in… Continue reading

Virginia Yearling Futurity Set For September 9; Rick Abbott Named Judge

The annual 2020 Virginia Breeders Yearling Futurity will be held Wednesday September 9 at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds from 9 AM – 1 PM. A total of $22,500 in awards will be on the line. Even though Labor Day weekend’s Warrenton Horse Show has been cancelled, the Futurity is still a go. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Breeders Fund.

The judge for this year’s competition is Rick Abbott, a former long time… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Tops Day #1 Of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale; Sells For $1.1 Million

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale saw healthy returns during its opening session on Monday, including a seven-figure sale to the connections of last year’s record-setting sale topper.

Hip 118, a Virginia-bred, sold for $1.1 million.

A colt by Uncle Mo topped the session when sold for $1,100,000 to Donato Lanni, agent for Michael Lund Petersen. Offered as Hip 118 by Pike Racing, agent, the colt worked an eighth in 10.0 during last week’s under tack… Continue reading

Scenes From The Virginia Gold Cup Races At Great Meadow June 27

The 95th running of the Virginia Gold Cup Races was held June 27 at Great Meadow without fans and without wagering. Ten races were contested and a combined $220,000 in purse monies were distributed. The event was streamed live and a full replay has been archived at the website noted above. The fall International Gold Cup is scheduled for Saturday October 24 and initial plans are to have both some spectators and pari-mutuel wagering back in place. Check for… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Recap From June 25

Colonial Downs Executive VP of Operations John Marshall and VP of Racing Operations Jill Byrne presented details of a Covid-related Extra Care program to reopen the New Kent track and Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums, along with a Mid-Atlantic strategic plan to reduce equine fatalities Thursday morning at the Virginia Racing Commission’s first meeting of 2020.

Marshall first provided insight into the upcoming thoroughbred meet in New Kent which will begin Monday July 27 and continue on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday… Continue reading

Legend Spotlight: Cooney Racing Stable

The following appeared in “Legends Spotlight” section of Equinews Nutrition & Health Daily

Pat and Susan Cooney, owners of Cooney Racing Stables in Boyce, Virginia, are a proud part of the Legends® family. Pat Cooney immigrated to the United States from Ireland in the 198os to further his career as a steeplechase jockey. Susan Cooney, originally from northern Illinois, rode show hunters throughout high school. After graduating from University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, Susan earned… Continue reading