Monthly Archives: February 2022

Churchill Downs to Acquire Colonial Downs, Casinos in $2.4B Deal

Colonial Downs and its authorized parlors can add further gaming devices.

Churchill Downs Inc. announced Feb. 22 that it had entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, a series of gaming properties that includes Colonial Downs in Virginia.

The transaction is for total consideration of $2.485 billion, according to a release from CDI.

Besides Colonial Downs, the properties involved in the deal include del Lago Resort… Continue reading

Virginia Businessman David Ross’s Extravagant Kid Retired From Racing at Age 9


Captured 2021 Group 1, $1 Million Al Quoz Stakes in Dubai

Extravagant Kid, owned by Virginia businessman and Colonial Downs’ all-time leading owner David Ross, has been retired from racing at the age of 9.

The Kiss the Kid gelding finished his brilliant career with $1,704,683 in purse earnings from 54 starts which includes 15 wins, 18 runner-up finishes and 7 thirds. Ross claimed the horse four years ago and has earned about $1.5 million of that purse money… Continue reading

Virginia-Certified Horses Score 10 Wins at Laurel in Feb. 10-13 Race Week

Congratulations to 10 different Virginia-Certified horses that won a race at Laurel Park the race week of February 10-13 alone — yes, 10 in one week! 

Leading the group was 4-year-old filly Proper Attire, who was best in a $67,392 allowance optional claimer February 10 which she won in gate-to-wire fashion. The daughter of Imagining won her second straight race — both in 2022 — and overall, has 6 wins from 15 races with earnings of $198,077. In 2021, she put together… Continue reading

2022 Yearling Futurity

VTA is excited to again host the Yearling Futurity at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds on Tuesday, September 13. As plans are finalized, this page will be updated. Please check your email for updates, as well.

VTA Member Funkhouser Remembered as Committed Supporter of Thoroughbred Racing

  • By Toni Milbourne
  • Feb 6, 2022 
Funkhouser remembered as committed supporter of thoroughbred racing
Randy FunkhouserSubmitted photo

The following appeared at on February 7th.

CHARLES TOWN — A statement issued by the Charles Town Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (HBPA) on Saturday announced the passing of lifelong Jefferson County resident Raymond Joseph “Randy” Funkhouser, II. A member of that association for 25 years, Funkhouser served as its president for 16 of those years. In addition, Funkhouser served vice president of the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders… Continue reading

2022 Colonial Downs Racing Season – July through September

Join us July 9 through September 7 for events at Colonial Downs.

Colonial Downs Racetrack, New Kent, Virginia

Over $1 Million In Virginia Breeders Fund Awards To Be Distributed From 2021 Victories

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association announced that $975,000 in Virginia Breeders award monies will be distributed to breeding farms in the state whose horses reached the winners circle in 2021 at any track in North America. That $975,000 figure is up $25,000 from 2020.  

Adding in $75,000 in Virginia Stallion awards — up $25,000 from 2020 as well — a total of $1,050,000 in bonus monies will be distributed via the Breeders Fund. A total of 46 different breeders will share in the… Continue reading

2022 Yearling Futurity

VTA is excited to host the Yearling Futurity again at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds on Tuesday, September 13. Check your email for updates, or call Betsy Crowell for details at (434) 977-3716.

Virginia Breeder, Trainer Raleigh Colston Minor Passes Away

The following death notice appeared in the Charlottesville Daily Progress

Raleigh Colston Minor

April 3, 1967 – January 31, 2022

Raleigh Colston Minor, of Free Union, Virginia, passed away peacefully at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, on January 31, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on April 3, 1967, in Charlottesville, the daughter of the late Charles Venable Minor Jr. and Susan Halsey Minor.

Raleigh Minor with a 2020 Munnings colt at Ruxton Farm.

Raleigh was… Continue reading

2022 Foxfield Races

The 2022 Foxfield Races will be held October 3 in Charlottesville.