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2019 Colonial Downs Condition Book

Link to Colonial Downs Condition Book

Time to Get Your Virginia-Bred, Sired and Certified Yearlings Ready

SAVE THE DATE | June 23, 2019


Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia – 9:00a.m.
Entry forms will be maile the last week in May.


  1. $7,500 Virginia-Bred or Sired Yearling Colts and Geldings
  2. $7,500 Virginia-Bred or Sired Yearling Fillies
  3. $7,500 Virginia-Certified Yearling Colts, Geldings and Fillies
  4. Grand Champion Yearling Class


2019 VTA Yearling Futurity Judge Cary Frommer

Cary Frommer has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 30 years. She has… Continue reading

2019 Colonial Downs Stakes Schedule

The 2019 Colonial Downs stakes schedule was released today. Stakes for Virginia-bred and sired horses are featured on both opening and closing weekends. The highlight of the meet is Saturday, August 31st when both the Grade 3 Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks are scheduled to run.

*All Virgina-bred/sired stakes with less than six entries will be opened to Virginia-certified horses. The Punch Line stakes is a non-black-type stakes.

Listen to Steve Byk’s Interview with Colonial Down’s John Marshall and Jill Bryne

Steve Byk caught up with Colonial Down’s Executive Vice-President John Marshall and Vice-President of acing Jill Bryne while they were at the National HBPA convention in Tampa last week. Click on the podcast below to hear the latest updates on Colonial Downs.

Return of Vinton off-track betting in the Homestretch

  • The odds are in Vinton’s favor for an economic boost fueled by the return of a horse betting parlor, according to the new owners of Colonial Downs racetrack.

    Rosie’s Gaming Emporium will have about 125 employees with an average income of $40,000, plus benefits, Mike Donovan, the chief marketing officer for Colonial Downs Group said Monday at a groundbreaking event. The parlor is a resurrection of an off-track betting site that closed… Continue reading

Colonial Downs plans June 2019 opening for new gambling facility in South Richmond

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch

There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing.

They unfurled a “Coming Soon” banner outside the former big-box store off Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday to herald the expected June 2019 opening of the first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, a horse betting facility officials called a major boost to a part of the city… Continue reading

Penny Chenery’s Final Resting Place Is Virginia

(Doswell, VA)  – The children of Penny Chenery – Sarah Tweedy Manning, Kate Chenery Tweedy, Christopher Tweedy and John Tweedy – have announced that their mother’s ashes were interred in Virginia on October 20.  A memorial service was held at St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, followed by a private graveside service at the Chenery family plot in Woodland Cemetery. Penny’s ashes were buried next to the graves of her father Christopher T. Chenery and her… Continue reading

Fall Full of Savings/NTRA

The NTRA has issued their October 2018 newsletter providing readers with discounts via partner programs that in turn provide a percentage of each sale back to thoroughbred racing.


Checkout the online version of the newsletter.

Longtime Breeder and Former VTA Board Member, Pat Schuler, Passes Away

Patricia Schuler, 82, of Keswick, passed away on February 19, 2018.

Patricia was born on July 29, 1935, in Portland, Maine, to the late Robert W. Reilly and Allene Sacco Reilly. She attended Holy Names Academy and St Rose College in Albany, NY. Pat’s love and passion for animals led her to serve as vice president of the Derry N.H. S.P.C.A and later held a position as a board member with the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (V.T.A). Pat was instrumental in… Continue reading

Long-Time Virginia Breeder and VTA Member, C. Oliver Iselin, III Passes Away

            C. Oliver (Ollie) Iselin lll,  a native of Middleburg who was an All-American rower when he captained the Harvard crew team and later served for more than 20 years in the CIA in posts in north and west Africa , died at his home on Oct. 10 from congestive heart failure. He was 90.

C. Oliver Iselin, III of Wolver Hill Farm


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