Monthly Archives: December 2022

‘Folks Think We Are Crazy’: Colonial Downs to Switch to Weekend Dates in an Attempt to Draw Better Crowds

The following appeared on richmond.com December 27, 2022 and was written by Jerry Lindquist.

Virginia has never been considered a major player in the world of Thoroughbred horse racing, but recent developments have thrust it into the national spotlight.

Famed operator Churchill Downs finalized its purchase of Colonial Downs earlier this year, and did not waste any time making good on its promise to deliver high-stakes racing to the commonwealth.

The company is moving two of its Grade 1 stakes… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Receives 2023 Race Date Approval That Features a Thursday, Friday & Saturday Schedule

Colonial Downs race dates for 2023 were approved at the Virginia Racing Commission’s December 14 meeting, and the 27-day, 9-week meet features a move to partial weekend racing after several years of operating on a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday afternoon schedule.

The summer campaign will run from July 13 – September 9 with racing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 PM. The 20th running of the $300,000 Grade 3 Virginia Derby is scheduled for closing day, Saturday September 9. A request has… Continue reading

Jill Byrne Leaving Colonial Downs After “Exhausting, Rewarding’ Tenure

The following appeared at “theracingbiz.com” December 12 and was written by Nick Hahn.

With the November closing of a multistate sale of assets from Peninsula Pacific Entertainment to Churchill Downs, the upcoming Virginia Racing Commission meeting on December 14 will provide new insight into a new era of racing at Colonial Downs.

One thing will certainly be different. The new track owners will move forward without Jill Byrne, who served as Colonial’s Vice-President of Racing Operations from its 2019 reincarnation… Continue reading

2023 Stallion Auction

The 2023 Stallion Auction will be held on February 14, 2023. Check back for more information.

2023 Rappahannock Point-to-Point

Rappahannock Point-to-Point at the Hill in Boston, VA will be held on March 4, 2023.

2023 Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point

Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point at Airlie Racecourse will be held on March 18, 2023.

2023 Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point

Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point at Salem Course in Upperville will be held on March 25, 2023.

Opening Day of Shenandoah Downs 7-week spring harness racing season

Opening day of Shenandoah Downs 7-week spring harness racing season in Woodstock starts April 1, 2023.