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

Flashback Retired to Stand at Hill 'n' Dale

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:24:56 GMT
Flashback, a grade II-winning son of leading sire Tapit, has been retired and will stand in 2015 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.

Equine Encephalitis Reported in New York

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:34:01 GMT
New York officials are recommending that all horses be vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) after six cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed in the state.

California Chrome Draws Rail in PA Derby

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:58:46 GMT
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), will break from the rail in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Parx Racing.

Churchill, Yum! Brands Ink 5-Year Agreement

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:48:26 GMT
Churchill Downs and restaurant company Yum! Brands Inc. have signed a five-year agreement that extends the company's role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Oversight Board Reviews NYRA Finances

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:44:32 GMT
California Chrome may have lost the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but the potential for a Triple Crown winner helped to drive up the New York Racing Association's overall pari-mutuel handle in the first half of 2014.

First Reported Winner for Pleasant Strike

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:58:32 GMT
Graciela Mia uncorked a furious stretch rally Sept. 13 at La Rinconada racetrack in Venezuela and won the Clasico Lanzarina to become the first winner for Florida-based stallion Pleasant Strike.

Velazquez to Ride Euro Charline in QEII

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:12:23 GMT
Euro Charline will have the services of Racing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when she pursues a second straight grade I victory Oct. 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland.

Three-Time Grade I Winner Behrens Dies

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:29:59 GMT
Behrens, one of the top handicap horses of the late 1990s, died Sept. 14 at Old Friends at Cabin Creek retirement farm in Cabin Creek, N.Y. He was 20.

Ip New HKJC Chairman; Stevenson Retires

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:19:01 GMT
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has appointed Simon Ip as its new chairman, replacing Brian Stevenson who has retired after four years in the role.

Author Roberts to Speak at Keeneland Library

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:13:06 GMT
On consecutive September nights, author Paul Roberts will discuss a pair of books he authored or co-authored: Racecourse Architecture and The Spa: The Legendary Saratoga Race Course.

Instant Racing Push to Continue in Nebraska

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:05:32 GMT
A ballot measure to allow machine betting in Nebraska on previously run horse races may have died in court this year, but supporters are already looking ahead to press the issue in 2016.

Wake Up Nick Wins Again in Barretts Juvenile

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:09:25 GMT
Unbeaten Wake Up Nick rallied to win the $103,900 Barretts Juvenile by 2 3/4 lengths Sept. 14 at Los Alamitos Racecourse, improving to 5-for-5 in his young career.

Trade Storm Reigns With Woodbine Mile Upset

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:33:38 GMT
Third in last year's Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) behind Wise Dan, British invader Trade Storm came from off the pace to claim the top prize over Kaigun on the turf at the Toronto-area track Sept. 14.

Keeneland September Book 2 Sees Big Gains

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:32:58 GMT
A $700,000 Smart Strike filly from champion Heavenly Prize's family was the top-priced horse Sept. 14 as the Keeneland September sale's two-day Book 2 portion concluded with across-the-board gains in its second session.

Alert Bay Strikes in British Columbia Derby

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:31:00 GMT
Alert Bay took command in the drive and posted a comfortable two-length win in the $135,225 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) at Hastings Racecourse Sept. 14 as owner Peter Redekop won the race for a third straight year.

Deceptive Vision Sweeps to Canadian Tally

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:38:06 GMT
Deceptive Vision earned a berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) after taking the $305,250 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) Sept. 14 over the Woodbine turf.

Lubash, Invading Humor Take NY-Bred Stakes

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:53:47 GMT
Separated by only a head in West Point Stakes last month, Lubash and King Kreesa once again slugged it out through the stretch before Lubash proved a neck better to take $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes Sept. 14 at Belmont.

Super Ninety Nine to Country Life for 2015

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:07:11 GMT
Graded stakes winner Super Ninety Nine has been retired from racing and will stand in 2015 at Josh and Mike Pons' Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., as the property of Spendthrift Farm and Country Life.

Baltic Baroness Wins Vermeille, Treve Fourth

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:36:41 GMT
Baltic Baroness, a 22-1 longshot, handed Pomology her first defeat Sept. 14 in winning the Prix Vermeille (Fr-I) by a short head at Longchamp. Defending Arc winner Treve was fourth as the even-money choice.

After the Wire: Noble Damsel, Sands Point

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:02:21 GMT
Evan Hammonds recaps several big turf races from the weekend. Hear thoughts on the Noble Damsel S., Sands Point S., and Grey Gatsby's win in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Cursory Glance, Gleneagles Win at Curragh

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:10:49 GMT
Two-year-olds got some spotlight on the Irish St. Leger (Ire-I) card Sept. 14 at the Curragh, with the filly Cursory Glance winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Gleneagles taking the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes.

Sheikhzayedroad Surges to Northern Dancer Win

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:09:04 GMT
English invader Sheikhzayedroad made a successful North American debut when he held off Dynamic Sky in a tight finish in the $282,711 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-IT) Sept. 14 at Woodbine.

Dual Grade I Winner Wigmore Hall Euthanized

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:29:17 GMT
International traveler Wigmore Hall, a two-time grade I winner in North America, was euthanized Sept. 13 after sustaining an injury in a race at Doncaster on the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) undercard.

Brown Panther Pounces in Irish St. Leger

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:52:59 GMT
A heady ride propelled 14-1 longshot Brown Panther to a commanding victory in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger (Ire-I) Sept. 14 at the Curragh.

Barretts Adds Fall Paddock Sale at Del Mar

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:40:37 GMT
In cooperation with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Barretts will conduct its inaugural Fall Paddock Sale of Horses of Racing Age Nov. 8, the first Saturday of the seaside track's new autumn meet.

Mixed Results for Keeneland Book 2 Opener

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:55:50 GMT
Juddmonte Farm purchases a $600,000 Trappe Shot colt, a three-quarters brother to Tapizar, at Keeneland September's Book 2 opener, which posted mixed results Sept. 13.

Ball Dancing On Her Toes in Sands Point Win

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:24:16 GMT
French import Ball Dancing, making her United States debut, surged late from between horses to edge stablemate Xcellence in the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 13 at rainy Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.

Suntracer Has His Day in Turf Cup Thriller

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:23:49 GMT
Suntracer, beaten by 20 lengths in his last start, was all out to hold off the closing Pyrite Mountain by a nose to win the $347,400 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) over the twisting Kentucky Downs turf course Sept. 13.

Long On Value Captures Mystic Lake Derby

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:39:52 GMT
Wachtel Stable and George Kerr's Long On Value, who won the first three starts of his career at 2, finally returned to the winner's circle in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby for 3-year-olds at Canterbury Park Sept. 13.

Cinco Charlie, Galiana Romp at Delaware Park

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:04:36 GMT
Grade III winner Cinco Charlie and local standout Galiana won two of the four Delaware Certified stakes on Owner's Day at Delaware Park Sept. 13.


Harness Link Featured News

Southlanders coming to Show Day at Addington

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:29:00 GMT
A race with conditions outside of the square at Addington is scheduled for Show Day, Friday 14th ...

Small field full of class

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:08:00 GMT
The Rangiora Harness Racing Club are holding their spring meeting at Addington on Thursday night and while there is a small card of only eight races, some talented horses are involved....

Tracks apply to ORC for date variances

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
On Monday, September 15, the Ontario Horse Racing Commission announced that Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District – with the support of the Standardbred Alliance – are requesting approval for a race-date variance for the 2014/15 race date schedule of each racetrack....

Converted claimer Your Beautiful looking pretty

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:12:18 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 15, 2014 -- Converted claimer Your Beautiful moved powerfully first over and rolled to a narrow victory in Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows....

Owner enjoying ride with Jugette starter Lady Shadow

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:26:20 GMT
Although he is still relatively new as an owner, Lindsey Rankin understands how rare it is to find a top racehorse....

Walter Swain & John Sylvia both passed away

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:10:19 GMT
DOVER, Del. --- G.Walter Swain, a longtime harness horseman from Lincoln, Del., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at Bay Health hospital, Dover, Del. surrounded by his wife and children. He was 90....

The most important man at the track

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:36:20 GMT
ELORA, ON - The most important job at Grand River Raceway in Elora may just belong to the harness racing track veterinarian Dr. Pat Meyers....

Mark Austin dies at Flamboro Downs Sunday

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:19:00 GMT
Canadian harness racing trainer Mark Austin of Fergus, Ontario, tragically passed away Sunday night in the race paddock at Flamboro Downs. He was only 54. ...

Inter star's tough first-up draw

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:02:00 GMT
Harness racing’s pin up pacer Beautide will make his long-awaited return to racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night....

HRNB Handicapping Standings after Week 17

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:48:22 GMT
Week seventeen is in the books after this past Saturday's race program at Exhibition Park Raceway for the season long handicapping challenge. ...

Cowgirl Tough heads OSS for young Christoforou

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:38:00 GMT
Not many 12-year-olds own stakes winning horses, but given Emma Christoforou’s family tree, it would be rather surprising if she didn’t have an interest in horses having been around them from birth....

Canada Round-Up; track record at Leamington

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:36:00 GMT
Stoney Durkin ($10.90) established a new track record at Leamington Raceway on Sunday, pacing the mile in 1:57.2....

Bacardi Lindy firing on both sides of the Tasman

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:49:00 GMT
The trotting side of harness racing has been one part of the industry that seems to have been holding its own in recent years....

Changeover stock firing

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:39:00 GMT
Former harness racing star Changeover continues to impress with his first crop as a sire....

Ashleigh provides TLC for Meticulous

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:37:00 GMT
It was a big moment for his numerous owners the Knowlers, the Kennards, Grant Dickey Stu Gillan  and Phil Creighton when Meticulous returned on a winning note to harness racing at Oamaru on Sunday....