• Colonial Downs To Take Double Entries On Wednesday, For Monday Aug. 17 & Make-Up Day on Sunday Aug. 16
    Attention Horsemen — Colonial Downs will be taking double entries this Wednesday August 12 for the regular race card on Monday August 17 along with a make-up card to be held on Sunday August 16 — to make up the six races that were lost August 5 due to lightning and a power outage at the New Kent track. Note that the extras on the attached can be used either Sunday or Monday! https://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorsemenAreaDownloadAction.cfm?sn=ONDC-CNL-20200812D    
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  • 2020 VTA Yearling Futurity, September 9, 2020, 9 am – 1 pm, Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia
    Dear VA-Bred, VA-Sired & VA-Certified Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners, It is time to gussy up your Virginia-Bred, Virginia-Sired or Virginia-Certified yearlings for a chance to win big at the Nineteenth Annual $27,500 Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity!  This event will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia. CRITICAL EVENT DETAILS: Rules and Procedures: Please review the Rules and Procedures Information sheet for details about eligibility, participation fees and more. CLICK HERE for Rules and Procedures Information sheet Entries: The attached entry form must be completed and returned to VTA along with copies of current Coggins, for ...
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  • Virginia Horse Racing Economic Impact Study To Be Conducted
    Attention Virginia Farm/Training Center Owners: The Virginia Equine Alliance has contracted with Chmura Economics & Analytics to put together an economic impact study on horse racing in the Commonwealth. The findings will provide valuable data that can be utilized in many ways including future legislative initiatives. All Virginia farm owners will be contacted by Chmura via e-mail and phone from a period in late August through mid-September to learn more about each farm’s operation. It is important that every person contacted take a few minutes to answer an e-mail survey and to respond to several questions by phone. Everyone’s participation will ...
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  • Colonial’s Wednesday Race Card Taken Off the Turf; Post Time Moved Up To 5:00 PM
    Races tonite (Wednesday August 5) at Colonial Downs will be taken off the turf and held over the dirt track, and post time has been moved up to 5:00 PM from its originally scheduled 5:30 PM start time. Seven of the nine races were scheduled to be run over Colonial’s Secretariat Turf Course — the second, and fourth thru ninth. The first and third had already been scheduled to run on dirt. Colonial’s dirt oval is 1 1/4 miles around, second largest in the country next to Belmont.
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  • Jockey Trevor McCarthy Has Five Wins Sunday at Colonial Downs
    Jockey Trevor McCarthy reached the winners circle five times Sunday evening at Colonial Downs and in doing so, powered past Forest Boyce to take over top spot in the track’s rider standings. The 26-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware won the jockey title at Colonial last year as the New Kent track returned to action after a six-year absence. He entered Sunday’s card — a makeup from last Monday’s cancellation — with five wins from 16 starts, just two days into the 2020 season. Forest Boyce was one better though, having won six times. Trevor McCarthy is atop Palio — winner of a ...
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  • Meet Jump Race Titan Peter Howe & His Daughter Jill Byrne, Colonial VP of Racing Operations
    The following was written by Betsy Burke Parker and appeared in an e-mail newsletter to the steeplechase community. The theme is “Legends of Steeplechasing” and title is, “Jill Byrne: The story of me and my Dad & how it come to be that I am here at Colonial Downs”. A titan in a time of jump racing giants, Virginia-based trainer Peter Howe knew the importance of bloodlines in the thoroughbred world  By Betsy Burke Parker. A racehorse riddle: What’s the X-factor when it comes to producing a champion? Nature or nurture? Peter Howe (©Douglas Lees) knows from experience that it’s a blend of science and ...
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  • Eagle Point Farms’ What The Beep Wins Camptown Stakes at Colonial
    What the Beep pulled off an upset with a one-length victory over heavy favorite Tan and Tight in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired fillies and mares July 29 at Colonial Downs. The homebred daughter of Great Notion was ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Karen Godsey who bred and broke the 5-year-old mare on her Eagle Point Farm. What The Beep rolled to victory in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes. Photo by Coady Photography. “This is very emotional for me,” said a tearful Godsey. “Her mother (Toccoa) was my first winner. To win a race like the Camptown, which my grandfather ...
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  • Scenes from Opening Night 2020 at Colonial Downs
    Here is a series of photos from opening night festivities at Colonial Downs from Tuesday July 28. The “spectator-free” meet was delayed by one day when Monday’s originally scheduled card was postponed due to extreme heat advisories. Photos supplied by Coady Photography and the Virginia Equine Alliance. Colonial Downs races on opening night — and throughout the 2020 season — will be held without spectators. Skies of different colors were evident trackside as neighboring thunderstorms avoided the track itself . Trainer Michael Stidham’s Branco Maria won the first race of the season, which was held on dirt. It was jockey ...
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  • Guillaume Wins First Start In Virginia-Certified $40,000 Hansel Stakes at Colonial Downs
    Guillaume rallied on the outside and overtook Merchant of Hope in the final strides of the $40,000 Hansel Stakes for Virginia Certified 2-year-olds on the Tuesday night opening night card at Colonial Downs. The son of Hard Spun is owned by DARRS Inc., trained by Mike Stidham and was ridden by Trevor McCarthy, the same owner-trainer-jockey combination who were leaders at the 2019 Colonial meeting.  The victory was third of four on the night for McCarthy and second for Stidham. “When we saw that his race was for Virginia-certified horses, it got on our radar,” said Stidham. “He was impressive at ...
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  • Colonial Downs Post Time For Tuesday’s Opening Day Card Pushed Back One Hour to 6:30 PM
    UPDATE AS OF TUESDAY 7/28 AT 9 AM — Post time for Tuesday’s opening day card is now 6:30 instead of 5:30 PM.  Safety First as Due to Heat Conditions (NEW KENT, Va.) – July 27, 2020 – In an abundance of caution, Colonial Downs Group is postponing today’s opening card at the Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County. With heat index forecasts over 100 degrees, the change is to safeguard the health of people working, transportation of horses and horses racing during these conditions. Monday’s races will be re-scheduled for Sunday, August 2. Horses got a chance to exercise on ...
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