No confirmed summer race dates at this time

Due to a contract stalemate between Colonial Downs & the thoroughbred horsemen, there are no confirmed summer race dates at this time. Please check back often for updates. There are other events scheduled in 2014 including a six week fall harness racing season, a Pro Rodeo on August 1st & 2nd, a AMA Pro flat track motorcycle race on August 23rd, several 5K runs & more events to be announced.

Colonial Downs Track News

Virginia Stampede Pro Rodeo at Colonial Downs, presented by Myrna's Boots 'n Bits

July 15, 2014
Enjoy 7 different IPRA rodeo events including bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping & more. Live music before & after the rodeo each night with Runaway Rodeo (Friday) & Jackson Ward (Saturday).

2014 Dogwood Classic Theme Announced – "Casino Royale"

February 7, 2014
The theme for the second running of the Dogwood Classic was announced today on Play 103.7's "Jack & Melissa's" Richmond based morning show and tailgating attendees that have an affinity for James Bond and casino type activities will be pleased.

Dogwood Classic "Launch Party" Details Announced

February 4, 2014
With the second annual Dogwood Classic just two months away, Colonial Downs has announced a special incentive offer to partygoers who purchase tailgate spaces before the end of February.

Colonial Downs & Blue Knights Announce Dogwood Classic Fundraising Initiatives

December 3, 2013
Colonial Downs and the Blue Knights Chapter XVII from the Tri-Cities area of Central Virginia will partner for the second straight year in an effort to raise funds for several important non-profits at the second annual Dogwood Classic on April 5th.

2nd Annual Dogwood Classic Set for April 5th at Colonial Downs

November 11, 2013
A day of world class steeplechase racing and trackside tailgating will return to Colonial Downs on Saturday April 5th as the second annual Dogwood Classic helps usher in the area’s spring outdoor festival season.

Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo Repeat as Virginia Bred Champs as Colonial Downs Closes out its 2013 Harness Season

October 27, 2013
Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo won Virginia-bred divisional titles for the second straight year Sunday as three year olds as Colonial Downs closed out its 16th annual fall harness racing season with the $380,000 “Day of Champions” card.

Fields Are Drawn for Sunday’s $380,000 Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” Card at Colonial Downs

October 25, 2013
Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective three year old prep races last weekend in advance of this Sunday’s 16th annual Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” program at Col

Omaha Survivor Beats a Talented Field in Colonial’s Thursday Co-Feature

October 24, 2013
Omaha Survivor shook off three straight runner-up finishes and returned to the winners circle for the first time since opening weekend by capturing Thursday’s $3,500 co-featured conditioned pace at Colonial Downs.

A Trio of Virginia-bred Two Year Old Champions Win Their Three Year Old Stake Preps Sunday at Colonial Downs

October 20, 2013
Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective $5,000 three year old prep races Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs. A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among ei

Le-Sirenuse Remains a Perfect 5-for-5 at Colonial Downs by Winning on Wednesday

October 23, 2013
Leading driver Chris Page directed Le-Sirenuse to his fifth straight victory at the Colonial Downs fall meet in wire to wire fashion Wednesday afternoon against five other pacers.

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BloodHorse Featured News

Bayern Wires Haskell; Favored Untapable 5th

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:19:15 GMT
Kaleem Shah's Bayern ran them off their feet July 27 in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I), taking eight other sophomores gate-to-wire at Monmouth Park while Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable ran fifth.

Big Macher Collects Grade I Bing Crosby Win

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:05:14 GMT
Former maiden claimer Big Macher became a grade I-winning sprinter when he denied 3-5 favorite Goldencents by half a length in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar July 27.

Antipathy Convincing Winner in Muddy Shuvee

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:26:52 GMT
Godolphin's well-bred Antipathy moved to take charge on the turn and scooted clear to victory in the Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 27 at muddy Saratoga Race Course.

Guys Reward Finds Path to Oceanport Tally

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:28:30 GMT
Hard-working Guys Reward, making the 46th start of his career, wore down pacesetter Fredericksburg in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $170,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park turf July 27.

Valid Breaks Through With Monmouth Cup Win

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:32:30 GMT
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid, a major pace factor in his previous three starts in stakes, finally broke through with a victory in the $211,000 Monmouth Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-olds and up at Monmouth Park July 27.

Ageless Equals Course Record in Royal North

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:32:20 GMT
Lael Stables' Ageless showed her sprinting prowess on turf for the third straight time this season when taking the $142,111 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) in a course-record equaling time on the turf July 27 at Woodbine.

Starstruck Back to Winning Ways in Matchmaker

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:03:45 GMT
Wearing the black and gold colors of historic Calumet Farm, Kerwin Clark split horses aboard Starstruck to take the $170,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park on July 27.

Jockey Maria Thornton Gets First Victory

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:51:09 GMT
Jockey Maria Thornton won for the first time of her career in the second race July 27 at Arlington International Racecourse, when she guided Stephensclassygal to a 6 1/4-length victory.

Majestic River Rolls to Molly Pitcher Win

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:43:19 GMT
Majestic River proved her affinity for Monmouth Park July 27, rolling to a third consecutive victory over the New Jersey oval and picking up her first graded stakes score in the $203,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II).

Redoute's Choice, Snitzel Make Sire History

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:36:53 GMT
Redoute's Choice and Snitzel are set to finish a respective first and second in Australia's 2013-14 general sires premiership, an unprecedented accomplishment for a father and son at stud in that nation since the 1880s.

Vyjack to Return to Sprinting in Vanderbilt

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:34:45 GMT
Last seen being eased in the July 5 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) going 1 1/4 miles, Rudy Rodriguez trainee will shorten back up after posting consecutive bullet works at Saratoga.

Tonalist, Kid Cruz Exit Jim Dandy Well

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:19:32 GMT
Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Tonalist and third-place finisher Kid Cruz both came out of the July 26 race well, and their respective trainers confirmed they will point to the Travers Stakes (gr. I).

Can Untapable Be Upset in the Haskell?

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:49:23 GMT
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

Del Mar Shifting Turf Races After Breakdowns

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:46:54 GMT
Del Mar has moved two turf races scheduled for Sunday, July 27 to its main track in light of four breakdowns that have occurred on the course since the meeting began July 17.

Fed Biz Sets Track Record in San Diego Romp

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:54:53 GMT
Intent on getting the lead from his far outside post, an aggressive Fed Biz was never challenged while romping to victory in track record time in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar.

TOC's Southern California Meeting Aug. 2

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:38:45 GMT
The Thoroughbred Owners of California is holding its annual meeting for Southern California members Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the Veranda Café at Del Mar.

Wicked Strong Gets Redemption in Jim Dandy

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:15:54 GMT
After a somewhat disappointing Triple Crown campaign, Wicked Strong started the second half of his sophomore season in fine style, defeating Tonalist in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26 at Saratoga.

Coup de Grace Closes in Quick-Paced Amsterdam

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:19:12 GMT
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace closed with gusto in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 26, taking advantage after a quick early pace set-up in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for his late-running style.

La Tia Crushes Foes in Ontario Matron

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:51:21 GMT
Salvador Hernandez's homebred La Tia made a tour de force of the $144,053 Ontario Matron Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine July 26, leading wire to wire and drawing off at the end to best eight other fillies and mares.

Delaware Park Cancels Live Card Wednesday

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:12:13 GMT
Delaware Park announced live racing card for Wednesday, July 30, has been canceled due to insufficient entries.

Palace Malice, Other Whitney Contenders Work

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:50:37 GMT
Five contenders for the upcoming $1.5 million Whitney (gr. I), including favored Palace Malice, were out for published workouts the morning of July 26.

No Lasix for Social Inclusion in Haskell

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:12:16 GMT
Social Inclusion, Rontos Racing Stable's runner who has drawn post position six for the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, will race without the anti-bleeding medication lasix July 27.

Katie's Kiss First Winner for Kantharos

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:02:44 GMT
Two-year-old Katie's Kiss romped to a front-running victory in the third race at Gulfstream Park July 26 and became the first winner for Florida-based freshman sire Kantharos.

Samraat Headed Back to Saratoga After Surgery

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:00:38 GMT
Trainer Rick Violette said Samraat will rejoin his string at the upstate oval. The colt underwent surgery July 25 to repair a stress fracture in his shin. He had been training for the July 26 Jim Dandy.

Trainer, Jock Team for South African Double

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:17:17 GMT
Trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Glen Hatt teamed for a group I double at Greyville Racecourse in South Africa July 26, capturing the Elan Property Gold Cup with Wavin' Flag and the Beach Beauty Champions Cup with Futura.

Taghrooda Flies to King George Triumph

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:03:34 GMT
Taghrooda became the first Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner in more than three decades to capture the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 26 at Ascot.

Keeneland's Historical Racing Plans Delayed

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:22:50 GMT
Keeneland Association is apparently delaying its plans to offer historical racing at a new 40,000-square foot facility that was scheduled to open in July 2015.

Irish Surf Runs Away in Cougar II Marathon

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:14:34 GMT
The $100,000 Cougar II Stakes (gr. III) may have been a marathon, but it was over in a hurry after Irish Surf took command and never received a challenge the evening of July 25 at Del Mar.

Lochte Looks to Regain Form in Oceanport

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:18:59 GMT
Grade I-winning gelding is trying to regain his top form in 1 1/16-mile turf test.

Whitney Card's Grade I Races Taking Shape

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:08:28 GMT
The $1.5 million Whitney (gr. I) (Aug. 2)--the richest race this summer at Saratoga Race Course--has attracted a robust field of likely starters, topped by last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner, Palace Malice.

Harness Link Featured News

37th lifetime win for Smarter Yet

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:18:00 GMT
COLUMBUS, MN. - Smarter Yet won for the third time in five tries in the weekly Running Aces' Open pace on Sunday night. ...

Obituary – Ian William Hunter

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:04:00 GMT
Harnesslink has become aware of the recent death of  that well known harness racing identity, Ian Hunter who was involved in the harness racing industry from the 1950s through to the late 1980s....

Juffs Crossing notches tough win

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 GMT
VETERAN Tasmanian harness racing owner-trainer Brian Mackrill wasn't surprised to see well bred pacer Juffs Crossing win the Tasmanian Horse Transport Stakes at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night despite the gelding's long odds ($39.90). ...

Bankstown Paceway show expects record crowd

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:42:00 GMT
‘Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway will play host to a record breaking grand final size crowd of 80,000 people at the sixth Eid Show from Friday, August 1st, to Sunday, August 3rd, 2014,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has told Harnesslink....

Brian West - Breeding for excellence

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:10:00 GMT
For anyone to be a commercial breeder in the standardbred industry in New Zealand means they usually need a benevolent banker and a determination to stick it out for the long term....

Quickcam rallies at St. John's in top pace

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:34:00 GMT
There was a new winner in the top class at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre on Sunday afternoon after Inspired Art had dominated the first three Preferreds of the 2014 harness racing season....

Redmond Doucet has big day at Inverness

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:25:00 GMT
Driver Redmond Doucet was victorious the first and last races at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon with maiden-breaker Take The Chance and 32-time winner Salute....

Fillies highlighted in Stanfield Memorial at Truro

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:21:00 GMT
Three-year-old pacing fillies Lovineveryminute, Elmgrove Inarush and Pictonian Sareta shared the spotlight Sunday at Truro Raceway, each winning their respective $19,175 divisions of the Frank and Beth Stanfield Memorial, as Atlantic Grand Circuit Week wrapped up....

Tatlow rematch at Shepperton

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:17:00 GMT
Two of the better two year olds from the current harness racing season in Kept Under Wraps 1:57.1 ($81,903) and Birdy Mac 1:53.8 ($15,855) fought out a thrilling finish to the Tatlow Stakes for two year old colts and geldings at Tabcorp Park at Melton recently....

Track records continue to fall at Batavia Downs

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:10:19 GMT
Batavia, NY - Three divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Sunday afternoon card and it didn't take long for the youngsters to impress the crowd....

Bidding hot at Tattersalls Summer Sale

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:34:00 GMT
The annual Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands witnessed hot and fast bidding that resulted in a 34.7% increase in average per horse sale price from the previous year. ...

Three straight for Hall Bro at Hippodrome 3R

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:18:00 GMT
Hall Bro continued his domination of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-olds, posting his third straight victory in the series Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R....

Streaking Maine-Breds dominate Sire Stakes

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:08:19 GMT
Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, July 27, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7-27) as the two-year-old colt pacing division made their second straight appearance. Split into two distinct flights whose makeup differed from last week's lineups, the competition was surely varied yet the results held true to form....

Fireyourguns dominates in Tioga feature pace

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:58:19 GMT
After being left to chase Prairie Jaguar in last week's pacing feature, Fireyourguns ($4.70) proved a decisive pace-setting 1:50.3 winner in Sunday (July 27) afternoon's $14,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs. ...

One of racing's best kept secret for fans

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:50:18 GMT
Premier Turf Club, a betting provider for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing proudly proclaims it is racing's 'Best Kept Secret' as part of its logo. Is it? It does seem that way as Premier Turf Club focuses more on customer service compared to off-shore betting sites, where their only focus is their bottom line. ...