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

Next Year's OBSC March to be Open Format

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:33:29 GMT
The March sale of 2-year-olds in training will kick off the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2015 2-year-old sale schedule with a new open-style format designed to expand selection.

TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:33:02 GMT
TimeformUS looks at the Jim Dandy and the Haskell.

Messara New Manager at Arrowfield Stud

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:21:05 GMT
Arrowfield has announced that trainer Paul Messara will take the position of manager at Arrowfield Stud in Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia beginning Aug. 1.

Daddy Does Best

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:10:00 GMT
Scat Daddy is on quite a roll in Chile, having sired seven Chilean group winners (including two group I winners) since the beginning of 2014.

Ageless May Have Ideal Set-Up in Royal North

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:08:04 GMT
With half the field likely to be gunning for the lead, the set-up seems ideal for the confirmed closing mare Ageless in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine turf July 27.

Untapable Favored in Haskell Against Boys

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:08:33 GMT
Fresh off a 9 1/4-length drubbing of her own division and undefeated in four starts for Winchell Thoroughbreds this year, Untapable seeks a challenge versus males July 27 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I).

Bing Crosby Attracts Goldencents, Declassify

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:07:34 GMT
Dual grade I winner Goldencents returns to Del Mar to face recent Triple Bend (gr. I) winner Declassify in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) July 26, a race the Doug O'Neill trainee was second in last year.

La Verdad True Speed of Honorable Miss at Spa

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:06:43 GMT
Speedsters La Verdad, Red Velvet, R Free Roll, and Merry Meadow will ensure a prompt pace in the Honorable Miss at six furlongs at Saratoga July 28.

Flashy American Wheels Back for Shuvee 'Cap

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:52:05 GMT
Flashy American will take another run at the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course July 27, wheeling back after a third-place finish in the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) two weeks earlier.

Medea Seeks to Double Up in Matchmaker Stakes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:42:19 GMT
Cornerstone Thoroughbreds' Medea, winner of the Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) in her last start at Monmouth Park, looks to double up in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at the New Jersey racetrack July 27.

Monmouth-Winning Fillies Target Molly Pitcher

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:30 GMT
Natalie Victoria and Majestic River, who each registered listed stakes wins at Monmouth Park in their previous starts, are to face one another for the first time in the Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II) July 27 at Monmouth.

Pants On Fire Seeks Monmouth Cup Repeat

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:20:28 GMT
George and Lori Hall's Pants On Fire makes his seasonal debut July 27 in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) as the 6-year-old son of Jump Start seeks to repeat his victory in the 2013 edition.

Candy Boy Among 47 West Virginia Derby Noms

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:58:56 GMT
Forty-seven 3-year-olds have been nominated for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby presented by Xpressbet (gr. II), to be run Aug. 2 at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.

Frac Daddy Inherits San Diego's Favorite Role

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:56:52 GMT
With the unfortunate morning training death of pre-race favorite Dance With Fate, Frac Daddy, a two-time stakes winner in 2014, is now the likely choice in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar.

Buyers Reward Quick Breeze Times

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:24:08 GMT
Juveniles that breezed under 10 seconds represented only 1.1% of all 2-year-olds sold, but they easily commanded the highest average sales price.

Dance With Fate Euthanized After Accident

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:09:29 GMT
Grade I winner Dance With Fate was euthanized due to a serious injury sustained July 24 when he bolted and crashed into a fence while on the track at Del Mar prepping for the upcoming San Diego Handicap (gr. II).

Revenue Down, Income Up for PNGI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:05:31 GMT
Despite a 14.3% decrease in net revenue, Penn National Gaming Inc. July 24 reported net income of $2.8 million for the second quarter of this year versus a $12.2 million loss for the same three months of 2013.

That Handicapping Show: Jim Dandy Stakes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:04:17 GMT
Tonalist and Wicked Strong will face several new shooters this week in the Jim Dandy Stakes. Who do you like in the Jim Dandy? Listen to Claire Novak and Frank Angst give their picks.

New York Horsemen Commit Money to Jockey Fund

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:53:06 GMT
Every horse that breaks from the starting gate in a race at a New York Racing Association track will generate a $1 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund , it was announced July 24.

Enhanced Security for Whitney, Travers Horses

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:37:36 GMT
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association announced enhanced security protocols July 24 for horses running in the $1.5 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) and $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I).

Keeneland Begins Installation of Dirt Surface

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:02:49 GMT
Keeneland has begun installation of the dirt racing surface on its main track, the final step in the renovation project that is on schedule for completion next month in advance of the fall meeting.

Maybry's Boy to E.A. Ranches

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:38:17 GMT
Graded stakes winner Maybry's Boy, a son of Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Broad Brush, is relocating from New York to E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif.

Texas AG Asked to Rule on Historical Racing

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:08 GMT
A Texas lawmaker is asking Attorney General Greg Abbott to weigh in on whether a state commission has the authority to allow historical racing.

My Option, La Tia Tangle in Ontario Matron

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:09:37 GMT
A competitve field of nine fillies will face off in the two-turn Ontario Matron over Woodbine's Polytrack July 26, including a pack of stakes winners at Arlington and over the home track outside Toronto.

Tonalist Looks Tough in Jim Dandy Stakes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:46 GMT
Sometimes, handicapping a horse race can be as much about the horses whose chances you don't like as it is about the horses whose chances you do like.

Record Breakers Headed for Del Mar Debutante

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:12:58 GMT
A pair of 2-year-old fillies who eclipsed the Del Mar Polytrack mark for five furlongs in separate racing debuts July 20, appear headed for a showdown in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for their powerhouse barns.

Haskin: The Saint of Saratoga

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:22:06 GMT
Unable to ride any longer due to a series of injuries and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Valerie Buck turned her passion in another direction.

Shanon Nicole Takes Off-Turf Indiana Grand

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:42:36 GMT
Shanon Nicole, owned and bred by Connie Apostelos, benefited from a quick early pace to rally and capture the $205,200 Indiana Grand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Race Course July 23.

Can Coup de Grace Land Blow in Amsterdam?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:14:51 GMT
The $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course July 26 looks to have several intriguing contenders, some stretching out in distance and others dropping back.

Daring Dancer Prevails in Lake George Stakes

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:41:15 GMT
With a late stretch move, favored Daring Dancer caught A Little Bit Sassy to win by a head in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) July 23 over the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course.

Harness Link Featured News

Governor's Plate finalists head Charlottetown card

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:38:20 GMT
Charlottetown PE- A pair of Governor's Plate finalists will go head-to-head in the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown. Racing action gets under way at 6 p.m....

Who Will Win It? Handicapping by Steve Wolf

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:36:00 GMT
We will be playing races all over the continent this Saturday afternoon and evening. Headlining the weekend action is the $400,000 Adios Pace Final for three-year-old colts at the Meadows. It’s an afternoon program of top stakes action....

Jim Raymer brings two-pronged attack in Oaks

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:32:21 GMT
Trainer Jim Raymer hasn't gotten where he is today in the Standardbred sport by not understanding the competition. For Raymer, who entered two in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at the Meadowlands, it's been a long and well thought out process. ...

Montana Skies takes lifetime mark at Saratoga

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:12:18 GMT
Montana Skies (Conway Hall) recorded her first ever local victory on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway....

Europe's Stephanie Werder in Hambletonian Monte

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:06:20 GMT
Swedish/Norwegian monte rider Stephanie Werder is in the USA to ride in the 2014 Hambletonian Monte Series, aboard Canadian entry O U Gus. Stephanie, only 23 years old, has over 150 starts in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark plus three starts in the United States, in the 2013 Hambletonian series....

Minore wins Billings East Regional at Yonkers

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:18:00 GMT
"Coach Paul" Minore is a retired Phys. Ed. Teacher and track coach whose most famous pupil was the great track and field star and Olympic Gold Medalist, Carl Lewis....

Australasia's Breeders Crown events calendar

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:33:00 GMT
The 2014 Breeders Crown promises to be bigger than ever with a huge schedule of harness racing events set to showcase Australasia's premier age-restricted pacing and trotting talent. Breeders Crown Semi Finals Saturday night 16th August at Bray Raceway, Ballarat....

Slangevar has night to remember

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:20:00 GMT
The Cameleon mare Slangevar was no great shakes on the racetrack, winning just once from 15 starts and taking a mark of 2:01.6....

Champion Andover Hall available down-under

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:35:00 GMT
Nevele R Stud, in conjunction with EMP Invest Oy of Finland, is delighted to announce that one of the world's leading and most influential trotting stallions Andover Hall will be available to New Zealand and Australian breeders for the first time this coming breeding season. ...

Joanne Colville wearing owners hat at Mohawk

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:37:00 GMT
Campbellville, ON --- Joanne Colville of Moffat, Ontario, wears several hats in the Ontario harness racing industry. She’s the Program coordinator for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the agency charged with finding new homes for retired Standardbreds....

I Like My Boss remains unbeaten at Harrington

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:59:00 GMT
HARRINGTON, Del. - The richest day of the year for Delaware horsemen was Thursday at Harrington Raceway as racing fans saw the completion of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events as well as signature events for older hoses on the 13-race program....

Yonkers hosts $217,000 NYSS 3yo colt trots

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:27:00 GMT
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 24, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted the $217,000 New York Sire Stakes $217,000 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A total of 11 entered a pair of six-figure divisions....

'The Show' impresses in Whenuwishuponastar

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:27:00 GMT
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 24 - The Show Returns, a full sister to world champion Put On A Show, captured the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack....

Newcomer takes feature at Charlottetown

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:18:00 GMT
Charlottetown PE- A newcomer to the Island racing scene was quick to leave his mark at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Thursday night....

Atlantic Sires Stakes colts impressive in Truro

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:14:00 GMT
The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing colts put on an impressive show at Truro Raceway on Thursday evening as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing action....