Darrell Wood

111 Horses Enter Colonial Downs’ 9-Race Opening Day Card on Monday July 19

Opening day of the third Colonial Downs racing season under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group attracted a full entry box when the draw for Monday’s (July 19) card was conducted Wednesday afternoon.

A total of 111 horses are slated to compete in nine pari-mutuel races, five of which feature 14-horse fields and another with 13. Of the nine, all but one will be contested over the Secretariat Turf Course including four $100,000 stakes. Post time is 1:45 PM. A… Continue reading

Return of Horse Racing a Financial Boost for New Kent, State

Rosie’s Gaming Emporium reopened its doors July 1, 2020. Since then, it’s been back offering up its historic horse racing gaming technology to hundreds in facilities across the state. Staff file (Rob Ostermaier / Daily Press)

When thoroughbred racing returns to Colonial Downs on July 19, the people who place bets on the successful horses won’t be the only winners.

The prospect of a summer… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred & Kentucky Derby Starter Attachment Rate Joins Moquett Barn After Fasig-Tipton Sale

The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 12. 

Attachment Rate, a multiple Grade 3-placed runner who ran in last year’s rescheduled Kentucky Derby, will move to the barn of trainer Ron Moquett after selling to owner William Sparks for $160,000 on Monday at the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale.

The 4-year-old Hard Spun colt was previously trained by Dale Romans for Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister, winning three of 16 starts… Continue reading

Prominent Owner/Breeder Bert Firestone Dies at 89

The Firestones raced 17 grade/group 1 winners, including Genuine Risk.

The following appeared at Bloodhorse.com July 12 and was written by Eric Mitchell. 

Firestone’s association with horses started in the show ring. He attended the… Continue reading

‘Time Is Precious!’: Dettori Hoping US-Trained Extravangant Kid Can Land Him Elusive July Cup Victory

The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 9. Virginia businessman David Ross, who races under the stable name DARRS, Inc., is President of the Virginia HBPA and is the winningest owner in the history of Colonial Downs. Ross’s Extravagant Kid makes his third straight start overseas Saturday July 10 at Newmarket. 

Jockey Frankie Dettori is hoping Extravagant Kid can finally fill the only major gap on his British racing CV by landing the Darley July Cup… Continue reading

Kate Tweedy, Daughter of Horse Racing’s “First Lady,” Visits the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs

As preparations continue for the third season of thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs under the ownership of the Colonial Downs Group, another group began initial prep work for an upcoming event at the New Kent track, and it has strong ties to Colonial’s signature racing surface — the Secretariat Turf Course.

Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery Tweedy — who owned the great Secretariat — visited the track last week from her nearby home in Ashland, Virginia to begin planning… Continue reading

Maggie Bryant of Middleburg, steeplechase Hall of Fame inductee and conservationist, dies at 92

Virginia’s Online Betting Handle Remains Robust Even As Pandemic Restrictions Loosen

Online betting handle on horse racing continues to be robust in Virginia even as pandemic-related restrictions continue to loosen. Simulcast centers inside Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums and at VA-Horseplay OTBs are back to full capacity. Colonial Downs will not encounter capacity limits either at its upcoming thoroughbred racing season in New Kent which begins July 19.

Through the first five months of 2021, total advance deposit wagering (ADW) handle is up almost 28% over the same period in 2020 — $59,050,412… Continue reading

Rick Williams Brings Diverse Racing Experiences To His New Role As Colonial Downs Safety Officer

When Colonial Downs opens its barn area July 5 and kicks off its summer race meet July 19, Rick Williams will begin his new role as Safety Officer and though there isn’t a formal job description that includes his every duty, decades of experience in track operations and regulatory work will certainly come into play.

​The new Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities lists 23 items that a Safety Officer is responsible for overseeing. The job is to ensure… Continue reading

Leading Colonial Downs Owner David Ross’s Extravagant Kid Thrives In Dubai, Royal Ascot