Monthly Archives: August 2020

Colonial’s Wednesday Race Card Taken Off the Turf; Post Time Moved Up To 5:00 PM

Races tonite (Wednesday August 5) at Colonial Downs will be taken off the turf and held over the dirt track, and post time has been moved up to 5:00 PM from its originally scheduled 5:30 PM start time.
Seven of the nine races were scheduled to be run over Colonial’s Secretariat Turf Course — the second, and fourth thru ninth. The first and third had already been scheduled to run on dirt.
Colonial’s dirt oval is 1 1/4 miles around,… Continue reading

Jockey Trevor McCarthy Has Five Wins Sunday at Colonial Downs

The 26-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware won the jockey title at Colonial last year as the New Kent track returned to action after a six-year absence. He entered Sunday’s card — a makeup from last Monday’s cancellation — with five wins from 16 starts, just two days into… Continue reading

Meet Jump Race Titan Peter Howe & His Daughter Jill Byrne, Colonial VP of Racing Operations

The following was written by Betsy Burke Parker and appeared in an e-mail newsletter to the steeplechase community. The theme is “Legends of Steeplechasing” and title is, “Jill Byrne: The story of me and my Dad & how it come to be that I am here at Colonial Downs”.

A titan in a time of jump racing giants, Virginia-based trainer Peter Howe knew the importance of bloodlines in the thoroughbred world  By Betsy Burke Parker.

A racehorse riddle: What’s… Continue reading

Eagle Point Farms’ What The Beep Wins Camptown Stakes at Colonial

What the Beep pulled off an upset with a one-length victory over heavy favorite Tan and Tight in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired fillies and mares July 29 at Colonial Downs. The homebred daughter of Great Notion was ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Karen Godsey who bred and broke the 5-year-old mare on her Eagle Point Farm.

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What The Beep rolled to victory in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes. Photo by Coady Photography.
“This is very… Continue reading