Turf Cup 2013The Colonial Turf Cup — June 22, 2013


2013 will mark the 9th edition of the Turf Cup, which serves as a prep race of sorts for the Virginia Derby. The Turf Cup, which has a Grade II ranking, is contested at the distance of 1 3/16 miles over the Secretariat Turf Course. The Turf Cup now stands on its own, and has a $300,000 purse.

Special Post Time - 5 PM (EDT)

Air Support headlines $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup

Air Support

2011 Virginia Derby winner Air Support headlines an 8 horse field that will compete 1 3/16ths ( one and three-sixteenths) miles over the Secretariat Turf Course in Saturday’s $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs. Post positions were drawn this afternoon at the New Kent track.

Air Support, who also competed in last year’s Turf Cup and took second, has the same trainer-owner battery that won this year’s Kentucky Derby with Orb --- “Shug” McGaughey and Stuart Janney.

Atigun, who starts from post one, finished third in the 2012 Belmont Stakes. The 4 year old Ken McPeek trainee switched racing surfaces from dirt to turf two starts ago, and has a win and close second in that pair.

Three time Virginia Derby winning jockey Edgar Prado will ride #7 General Logan for trainer Graham Motion.

A 12 race card Saturday will begin at 5 PM. The Turf Cup will be the seventh race, and will go off at 7:46 PM. The Turf Cup was awarded Grade 2 status this past winter after being an ungraded stakes race the past couple years. Back in 2011, Colonial Downs opened this race up to horses age three and up (versus the first 6 editions that were for year olds only).

"Rhythm Bets 'n Brews" Festival - Festival area opens at 3 PM

Our trackside festival area opens at 3 PM Saturday with a microbrew sampling event, featuring 50 different kinds of bottled beer! They will be available in 4 ounce samples so you can try a variety of different ones. For the first time ever, we'll have some food trucks and vendors set up as well including Richmond favorites like Boka Truck, Grate Pizza and Curbside Connections.

Eric LindellLive Music with Eric Lindell & the Sunliners with Anson Funderburgh

Enjoy a pre-race concert with Eric Lindell & The Sunliners with Anson Funderburgh starting at 4 PM. They are from New Orleans and play a great mix of blues, country and r & b! They'll continue playing between the first four horse races too. Singer/songwriter Darryl Ellyson will play on stage later in the evening. 

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Eric Lindell writes music that is as at home on your front porch on a summer evening as it is in a hot sweaty club on a Saturday night. It is southern soul music, infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk. It is blues music, glazed with a taste of country. It is simple, heartfelt song writing; melodic guitar solos and energized live performance.

Eric has been writing and recording songs for over 15 years, and is now touring behind the strength of his latest release I Still Love You. His band’s rhythm section, Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums, have been with Eric for over three years, making their performance on I Still Love You, as well as their live shows incredibly tight and intuitive. Both players are young, but have a swing feel of much more seasoned musicians. Typically rounding out the band are saxophonists, whose horn section work serves the purpose of the church choir, answering in the affirmative to the soulful vocals, giving the music the feel of a packed bar in Memphis or New Orleans, where soul music reigns supreme.

Lindell’s recording career began to grow with a self-titled record in 2002, on his own Sparco Records, where he also released both Piety Street Session and EP Volume 1. Tragic Magic followed in 2005 and sparked serious interest from Alligator Records, which then released Change in the Weather in 2006 and Low on Cash, Rich in Love in 2008. Lindell continued his prolific output with 2009's Gulf Coast Highway, another album of blue-eyed soul and confident guitar work. Leaving Alligator Records, Lindell returned to his Sparco Records label, with the release of 2010’s Cazadero and 2011’s Between Motion and Rest, both of which were combined into a two-disc release entitled West County Drifter from M.C. Records in the fall of 2011. April 2012 saw his latest release, I Still Love you on Sparco Records.

SeminarFREE Handicapping Seminar

There is a FREE on track handicapping seminar with national experts Dan Illman & Mike Beer of the Daily Racing Form discussing the Turf Cup card! Their session will run from from 3:30 - 4:30 PM before the first post at 5 PM.


Colonial Turf Cup In the News

Air Support seen as favorite in return to track spotlight

Richmond Times Dispatch - ‎6 hours ago‎
Alex Solis (right), and Air Support (No. 2), will start from the No. 5 position in today's Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs. COLONIAL TURF CUP. When: Saturday. Post time: approx. 7:45 p.m.. Where: Colonial Downs ...

Colonial Turf Cup will feature return of track favorite Air Support

Daily Press - ‎10 hours ago‎
When Air Support returns to Colonial Downs this week, he'll be back on a turf surface where he has helped lined the pockets of his owner Stuart Janney and trainer Shug McGaughey. Nearly half of Air Support's healthy career winnings have come from two ...

Colonial Downs: Atigun seeks elusive stakes win in Turf Cup

Daily Racing Form - ‎13 hours ago‎
Atigun, most recently second in the Louisville Handicap, will try for his first stakes victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup. Atigun finished third in the 2012 Belmont Stakes. He was fourth in the Travers Stakes and had the lead before folding up late in ...

Atigun the one to beat in Colonial Turf Cup; Channel Lady heads All Along

Brisnet.com - ‎15 hours ago‎
In the 1 1/2-mile Louisville, Atigun dropped too far back during the early stages and lost plenty of ground on the far turn while the winner was perfectly positioned throughout. "He had a terrible trip," McPeek said of narrow runner-up finish. "I think he was ...


Year Winner Time Jockey Trainer Owner
2012 Turbo Compressor 1:55.15 Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher P & G Stables, Off The Hook Corp.
2011 Rahystrada 1:54.30 Sheldon Russell Byron G. Hughes Robert E. Courtney
2010 Paddy O'Prado 1:54:20 Kent J. Desormeaux Dale Romans Donegal Racing
2009 Battle of Hastings 1:57.20 Tyler Baze Jeff Mullins Mike House
2008 Sailor's Cap 2:02.42 Alan Garcia James J. Toner Team Valor International
2007 Summer Doldrums 1:55.30 Jose Lezcano Richard A. Violette Jr. Klaravich Stables INC. & William Lawrence
2006 Showing Up 1:52.98 Cornelio Velazquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stables
2005 English Channel 1:56:37 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher James Scatuorchio