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 Set For This Weekend

July 31, 2014
Colonial Downs will play host to cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country in the Virginia Stampede Pro Rodeo this coming Friday & Saturday evening, August 1 & 2, at the New Kent track.

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

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BloodHorse Featured News

Lemon Drop Kid: A Class Act

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:47:50 GMT
Lemon Drop Kid was the complete package when he went to stud in 2001 with an impeccable pedigree, top-of-his-class ability all three years racing, and dashing good looks.

Saratoga Racing Secretary Gabriel Leaving

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:33:51 GMT
Dan Eidson has been named the New York Racing Association's interim racing secretary for the fall championship meet at Belmont Park, which begins Sept. 5.

Wallyanna Back for More in Saranac

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:13:32 GMT
After acing his graded stakes debut Aug. 8 with a 23-1 upset of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, Wallyanna looks to continue his success Sept. 1 in the Saranac (gr. IIIT).

Gelfenstein Farm Blossoms in Ocala

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:59:24 GMT
The first runners broken and trained last year at Gelfenstein Farm have shipped to South Florida and are in training with Antonio Sano.

Kentucky to Tackle Drug Compounder Concerns

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:13:25 GMT
In a 12-month period that has seen drug compounders linked to horse deaths at a training center and integrity issues at the track, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is researching ways it could add regulatory oversight.

Minnesota-Breds Featured at Canterbury

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:46:18 GMT
A total of 98 horses have been entered for the 11 races that comprise the 21st Minnesota Festival of Champions Aug. 31 at the Shakopee, Minn., oval.

Nebraska Court to Decide on Instant Racing

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:46:05 GMT
A ballot measure that would allow electronic betting on previously run horse races in Nebraska now rests with the state Supreme Court, which heard arguments Aug. 27 on an effort to kill it before it reaches voters.

TimeformUS Weekend Plays: Woodward Stakes

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:22:33 GMT
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the Woodward Stakes and Del Mar Debutante.

Indiana Proposes Emergency Cobalt Threshold

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:17:45 GMT
An analysis of more than 350 blood samples has led the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to recommend establishing a testing threshold level for cobalt and classifying the substance as Class A.

Will Wise Dan Triumph in the Bernard Baruch?

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:23:54 GMT
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga.

OBS August Yearling Sale Ends With Declines

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:56:23 GMT
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale concluded its three-day run Aug. 28 with a second day of open session declines.

Deep Spinaway Cast for Durkin's Final Call

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:30:38 GMT
Saratoga's Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) brings together nine juvenile fillies with a chance; one will make history in Tom Durkin's last call for the New York Racing Association Aug. 31.

Goldencents vs. Wise Dan Showdown Likely

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:02:07 GMT
Goldencents, last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, is to make his next start Oct. 4 in Keeneland's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT), where he would likely face two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

Torrey Pines: Jojo Warrior, Fashion Plate Vie

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:55:58 GMT
Jojo Warrior, who woke up when trying two turns for the first time in June, and dual grade I winner Fashion Plate head a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Torrey Pine Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 31 at Del Mar.

I Spent It, Competitve Edge Enter Hopeful

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:10:59 GMT
I Spent It tries to become the first 2-year-old since City Zip to sweep the Saratoga Special and Hopeful (gr. I) stakes if the son of Super Saver starts in the latter race Sept. 1, closing day at Saratoga Race Course.

Cat's Claw Seeks Four in a Row in Glens Falls

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:51:51 GMT
Cat's Claw has taken every step up the class ladder since her inauspicious beginning and has now scratched her way up to the $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.

Enterprising Chases Sweep in Del Mar Derby

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:26:14 GMT
Enterprising will attempt to become the fourth horse in Del Mar history to sweep the 3-year-old grass series for males when he tackles seven opponents in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Aug. 31.

That Handicapping Show - Woodward Stakes

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:21:51 GMT
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the return of Wise Dan in the Bernard Baruch Handicap and handicap the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga this week.

Bandbox Retired to Northview Stallion Station

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:07:45 GMT
Grade III winner Bandbox has been retired from racing and the son of leading sire Tapit will enter his first season at stud in 2015 at Northview Stallion Station, in Chesapeake City, Md.

Pleasantly Perfect to Taylor Made Stallions

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:21:26 GMT
Pleasantly Perfect, one of the few Breeders' Cup winners at stud to sire a Breeders' Cup winner, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions near Nicholasville, KY.

Back on Dirt at Keeneland; New Track Opens

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:08:59 GMT
On the morning of Aug. 28, Keeneland Race Course opened its new state-of-the-art dirt main track to training for the first time since the artificial Polytrack surface was replaced.

Riders Trujillo, Nakatani to Fight for PDJF

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:30 GMT
In what is being billed as the "Battle Off The Saddle," jockeys Elvis Trujillo and Corey Nakatani are scheduled for a three-round boxing match Aug. 30 following the races at Del Mar.

Magic Bay First Winner for Sire Neko Bay

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:23:23 GMT
Louisiana-based stallion Neko Bay picked up his first winner Aug. 28 when Magic Bay drew off to a seven-length victory in a maiden claiming race at Arlington Park.

Keeneland Dirt Racing Surface Reveal

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:07:59 GMT
Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason and Dr. Mick Peterson, Executive Director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, explain the significance and innovation involved in the new dirt racing surface at Keeneland.

Startup Nation Impresses in With Anticipation

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:43:46 GMT
New York-bred Startup Nation rolled to an impressive victory Aug. 28 in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, surviving and inquiry and claim of foul to earn his first graded stakes score.

Discreet Marq to be Offered at F-T November

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:28:01 GMT
Trainer Christophe Clement will consign, as agent, grade I winner Discreet Marq at the Nov. 3 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale on behalf of her owners and breeders, Patricia and Frank Generazio.

Durkin to be Honored at Saratoga This Weekend

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:19:24 GMT
The illustrious career of longtime track announcer Tom Durkin will be celebrated with two days in his honor at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, the New York Racing Association announced.

LoPresti Not Thinking About Horse of the Year

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:46:48 GMT
Ten-time grade I winner Wise Dan is set to race for the first time in nearly four months Aug. 30, but the last thing on trainer Charlie LoPresti's mind, he says, is a third straight Horse of the Year title.

Record Purses Set for Oaklawn Park in 2015

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:46:07 GMT
The Oaklawn Jockey Club has announced it is projecting a record purse distribution of $23.5 million for its 2015 racing season, the seventh consecutive year of increased purses.

Changes Announced for Dec. 6 Claiming Crown

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:19:12 GMT
The Claiming Crown has dropped its trainer nomination program and has altered the lineup for the eight-race series to be held Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park.

Harness Link Featured News

No shortage of talent in Maywood's Egyptian

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:54:00 GMT
Friday’s $25,000 Egyptian stake, the second leg of the Maywood Park Pacing Series for ICF colts and geldings ages three and up, came up a little short in number but tall in talent....

Sweet Lou favored to win 11th straight in CPD

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:45:00 GMT
Freehold, NJ --- Only once during his current 10-race win streak has Sweet Lou trailed other horses at the halfway point, but trainer Ron Burke wouldn’t mind seeing it happen again in Saturday’s C$634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (CPD) at Mohawk Racetrack....

He's Watching heads eight in the Cane Pace

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:41:00 GMT
Freehold, NJ --- The Pacing Triple Crown begins Monday (Sept. 1) at Tioga Downs in upstate New York, where eight 3-year-old pacers meet in the $437,325 Cane Pace....

Kentucky to crown Sire Stakes champions Sunday

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:54:19 GMT
The best 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers in the Bluegrass State will be out in full force at The Red Mile on Sunday night, Aug. 31, as the historic Lexington racetrack hosts the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Championship Night. Each of the eight divisions for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers will vie for a purse of $175,000....

Commander Crowe at Charlottenlund Sunday

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:30:00 GMT
Next up for veteran Commander Crowe is the Prix Rex The Great Sunday at Copenhagen. This UET Masters Series test over 2000 meters will have 12 starters including Owen CR and reinsman Pietro Gubellini. Orjan Kihlstrom will pilot Commander Crowe. The UET Trotting Masters Final is September 14....

Cash Hall son fastest of stake winners

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:16:00 GMT
Harness racing two year old colt and gelding trotters were in town on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to take part in the New York Sire Stakes....

Richard still has what it takes

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:27:00 GMT
Well known and respected trainer/driver Richard Brosnan caused a real stir recently when he went public with his concerns about the problems facing the harness racing industry and that he was seriously thinking of giving the game away....

Central Districts in the winners circle at Auckland

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:12:00 GMT
It is not that often that horses from the central districts of the north island are sent out the hot favourite at the northern harness racing capital of Alexandra Park....

Who Will Win It? Handicapping by Steve Wolf

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:29:00 GMT
Last week for the first time in five weeks we broke even. We didn’t lose money but we were on a four-weekend winning streak for making money. But this now old news and on to this great weekend of racing....

New equine products create industry buzz

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:29:00 GMT
New equine performance products introduced by APC, Inc. this year are quickly gaining relevance in the industry. LIFELINE® Equine Elite™ and LIFELINE AgeWell™ are creating a buzz for a few reasons: a unique active ingredient that no other equine product has; big names in the industry backing the brand’s credibility; and the fact that it actually works and works fast....

Kim Hillier under investigation by HRNSW

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:17:00 GMT
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) yesterday opened an inquiry into the Total plasma carbon dioxide (TCO2) levels returned from horses trained by Mrs. K Hillier since 1 January 2013....

Jake Stockton disqualified for two years

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:43:00 GMT
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) concluded an inquiry yesterday into results received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt was detected above the threshold in a sample taken from the following horse;...

Andrew Kearney stood down

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:25:00 GMT
As previously advised, HRSA has established a prohibition threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in urine for the substance Cobalt to prevent its potential use as an equine performance enhancer....

Grinfromeartoear service put up for auction

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:00:00 GMT
The South Australian Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association (BOTRA) has once again been to the fore in this harness racing season of putting money into the industry via prize money and bonuses. ...

Book Review on new title - Roosevelt Raceway

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:13:00 GMT
Pompano Beach, FL --- The history of one of the world’s most majestic sports, harness racing, is well over 200-years-old in the United States and, one of the most iconic facilities encompassing harness racing’s grand tradition, Roosevelt Raceway, is brought to life in a most succinct manner by authors Victoria M. Howard, Billy Haughton and Freddie Hudson....