RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH ARTICLE ON COLONIAL DOWNS’ OPENING

by Ralph N. Paulk


Officials at Colonial Downs are expecting more with less when the track opens its 13th season of Thoroughbred racing tomorrow night.

The 2009 season, highlighted by the 12th running of the $750,000 Virginia Derby on July 18, will consist of 40 race dates. There were a record 45 in 2009.

“We might have had a few days too many last year, considering the economy and the price of fuel,” said Tyler Picklesimer, the track’s director of racing. “We’ve gone back to 40 this year, and we start out real strong.

“Turf racing is our bread-and-butter. Forty-five race dates were the maximum the turf horses could take running [on the track]. So, we went to the commission this year, and asked for fewer days to get the purse money up.”

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