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

Study: Boots, Wraps Increase Leg Heat during Exercise

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:12:39 GMT
Tendon boots help protect horses’ front legs from injuries such as hoof strikes or collisions with jumps. Wraps protect this sensitive area during travel or flat work. But Austrian researchers have determined that boots and wraps have definite effects on skin and tendon temperature as well—and those effects are probably not without health cons...

Competitive Edge Super Sharp in Hopeful Romp

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:12:01 GMT
Competitive Edge lived up to his 3-5 odds with a no-doubt-about-it romp in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds on closing day of the Saratoga Race Course summer meet Sept. 1.

Miss Serendipity, Blanc Snatch Yellow Ribbon

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:05:46 GMT
Miss Serendipity, reunited with a confident Brice Blanc, roared down the center of the Del Mar turf course to capture the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 1.

Haskin: A Day in the Life of Wise Dan

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:51:29 GMT
The dawn is breaking on a beautiful, cool Saratoga morning. This is the day everyone in Charlie LoPresti's barn has been waiting for.

Fall Meet at Los Alamitos Begins Sept. 5

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:48:14 GMT
Live daytime racing comes back to Los Alamitos Race Course from Sept. 5-21 with an 11-day fall meeting in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Fair.

Sharp Sensation Edges Ben's Cat in 'Monster

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:19:21 GMT
Sharp Sensation, a 16-1 outsider, denied iconic Maryland turf sprinter and favorite Ben's Cat a third win in the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sept. 1 at Parx Racing.

Del Mar Trainers to Hop in Bouncey Ball Race

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:49:05 GMT
Dignity will take a back seat to charity at Del Mar Sept. 3, when several trainers are slated to line up for a race on children bouncey balls to benefit retired racehorses.

Munirah Arrives Late for Boiling Springs Win

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:33:54 GMT
Racing in last to the far turn, maiden winner Munirah rallied to run down pacesetter Sumba Sunset to win the $105,000 Boiling Springs (gr. IIIT) in the final stride Sept. 1 at Monmouth Park.

Ring Weekend at Home on Turf in Saranac Win

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:12:28 GMT
Ring Weekend appears to have found a home on the grass after taking the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 2 3/4 lengths over longshot Smooth Daddy in the final stakes of the 2014 season at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1.

Protonico Surges in Smarty Jones for Pletcher

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:41:02 GMT
Todd Pletcher recorded his 1,000th career stakes winner when Protonico surged late under Joe Bravo to take the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) at Parx Racing on the Labor Day Pennsylvania card Sept. 1.

Cary Street Rides Rail to Greenwood Surprise

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:31:56 GMT
Cary Street, saving ground every step of the way under Miguel Mena, outlasted Ever Rider to spring a 28-1 surprise in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) at 1 1/2 miles on the main track at Parx Racing Sept. 1.

Belmont Fall Championship Meet Opens Sept. 5

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:12:13 GMT
Belmont Park's fall championship meet is set to open Sept. 5 and run for 38 days through Oct. 26.

After the Wire: Bernard Baruch & Woodward S.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:59:49 GMT
Evan Hammonds recaps big races from Saratoga this weekend. Wise Dan, Itsmyluckyday, and Tom Durkin have big days at the Spa.

Filly First Winner for Sire Elusive Warning

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:32:10 GMT
California sire Elusive Warning was represented by his first winner Aug. 31 at Golden Gate Fields when favored Swiss Cocoa won the sixth race in front-running fashion.

Breeder, Businessman Garvin Dies at Age 71

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:16:48 GMT
David Garvin, a Thoroughbred breeder and founder of the retail chain Camping World, died Aug. 30 in an accidental fall at his home on Ironwood Farm near Bowling Green, Ky. He was 71.

Longshots on Saratoga's Closing Day

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:25:50 GMT
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) and Saranac Stakes (gr. III).

Inside Yearling Sales Prep: Behavior

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:25:28 GMT
Glenye Cain Oakford goes behind the scenes of yearling prep. Behavior counts, whether you are looking to increase a young horse's tractability or to subtly improve his or her performance in front of prospective buyers.

Midnight Storm Shakes Up Del Mar Derby

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:13:19 GMT
Midnight Storm was able to parcel his speed effectively while on an easy lead in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) and glided through the stretch in command to post a 17-1 surprise Aug. 31 over the turf.

Rake Farms, Butler Dominate Minnesota Card

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:40:27 GMT
Hold for More was a convincing winner of the Northern Lights Futurity Stakes, one of two $75,000 races for juveniles on the Minnesota Festival of Champions program for state-breds Aug. 31 at Canterbury Park.

Jo Jo Warrior Helps Zayat Celebrate Birthday

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:29:16 GMT
Owner Ahmed Zayat celebrated his 52nd birthday in style Aug. 31 when even-money choice Jojo Warrior led them start to finish to take the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) from Del Mar.

Plesa Sweeps Juvenile Stakes at Monmouth

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:33:08 GMT
And the beat goes on for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. at Monmouth Park Aug. 31 as he captured the racetrack's top 2-year-old stakes events just one day after saddling Itsmyluckyday to win the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).

Condo Commando 'Splash-tastic' in Spinaway

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:15:05 GMT
Condo Commando took all of the drama out of track announcer Tom Durkin's final call when she romped to victory in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) over a sloppy track at rainy Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.

Irish Mission Gets Job Done in Glens Falls

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:35:05 GMT
It wasn't the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) , but it was another stakes winner for owner Robert S. Evans and trainer Christophe Clement when Irish Mission ran down Viva Rafaela to take the $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT).

Wise Dan Passes Return Test in Flying Colors

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:03:07 GMT
Though he has been with Wise Dan throughout a 30-race campaign that began in the winter of 2010, trainer Charlie LoPresti continues to be awed by his two-time Horse of the Year.

Itsmyluckyday Unlikely to Return in Gold Cup

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:02:41 GMT
After swapping grade I decisions this summer at Saratoga, it appears that a third match-up between Woodward Stakes winner Itsmyluckyday and runner-up Moreno will have to await the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic.

Tribute to Retiring Announcer Tom Durkin

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:04:08 GMT
National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame 2014 tribute to retiring race announcer Tom Durkin.

Trainer Larry Ross Reaches 1,000 Wins

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:32:08 GMT
Trainer Larry D. Ross sent out his 1,000th winner Aug. 30 when Just Like Uptown romped to a 6 3/4-length triumph in the fifth race at Emerald Downs.

Rider's 7-Race Win Streak Ends at Golden Gate

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:08:31 GMT
Jockey Silvio Amador extended his winning streak to seven consecutive races at Golden Gate Fields Aug. 30 before his run was ended later on Saturday's card.

Forest Lake, Waha Wild Win Evangeline Stakes

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:46:47 GMT
Forest Lake, at 32-1 odds, and 7-1 shot Waha Wild recorded upsets in a pair of juvenile stakes at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel Aug. 30, closing night of the 2014 season Aug. 30 at Opelousas, La.

Stonestreet Has Star in Making in Atreides

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:18:09 GMT
Employing his long, fluid stride, undefeated Atreides took another step forward at Gulfstream Park Aug. 30, capturing the $75,000 Monarchos Stakes by a remarkable 17 3/4 lengths for his third consecutive dominant victory.

Harness Link Featured News

McKelvie comes out ahead in HANA Shoot-Out

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:12:00 GMT
September 2, 2014 - The week off in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs gave the handicappers the opportunity to think over their handicapping strategy and by doing so, they came out guns a blazing with five instances of handicappers scoring net profits of over $1,000 on any given day. ...

Trigger's tough farewell draw

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:47:00 GMT
Harness racing superstar Smoken Up faces a tough challenge in his bid for a farewell victory at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night....

New member for Harnesslink team

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:53:00 GMT
Australian harness racing journalist Paul Courts has joined our team. A multi-award winning scribe, Courts will begin duties with on September 1 – just in time for the new Aussie racing season....

Spring has brought out the "Blue Bloods"

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:28:00 GMT
One of the best things about spring in New Zealand from a harness racings fan's point of view is the emergence of the next wave of  harness racing stars on to the race tracks....

Final three races cancelled at Mohawk

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:30:00 GMT
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 1 - Due to unsafe track conditions harness racing was cancelled Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack following the evening's ninth race....

One of the industry's characters is gone

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:51:00 GMT
It is with some sadness that Harnesslink has learnt of the sudden death of the well known Waikato harness racing identity Wayne Aylward at the age of seventy ....

All Stars runners starting to emerge

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:32:00 GMT
The All Stars stable has been quiet lately on the Canterbury scene but several have been at workouts recently as they prepare for the new harness racing season...

Last Shot Leeton a long shot Harrington winner

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:04:19 GMT
HARRINGTON, Del. - Overlooked at odds of 14-to-1, Jeffrey Bartels' Last Shot Leeton ($31, Roger Plante Jr.) was an upset winner in the $11,000 feature Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3....

Harness racing recognised at sports presentations

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:01:00 GMT
Harness Racing was one of 26 sports recognised for development of participants at the Hunter Academy of Sports Presentation Night held at Newcastle University yesterday....

Louis-Philippe Roy released from hospital after accident

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:56:00 GMT
Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy has been released from a local hospital in Trois-Rivières after suffering a concussion and abrasions in a harness racing accident at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon....

Gale & Whittemore score triples at Vernon

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:14:19 GMT
Drivers Truman Gale and Jimmy Whittemore each scored three victories on the Labor Day matinee program at Vernon Downs. ...

Labor Day feature to Carrera Angel at Summerside

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:52:20 GMT
Summerside, PE - Carrera Angel, under the command of owner-driver Rocky Schurman converted a pocket ride into a winning score when they claimed the Labor Day pace in a dazzling 1:57.2 Monday at Red Shores Summerside....

Africaine easy winner in Prix Guy le Gondidec

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:16:21 GMT
Last week showcased solid, competitive racing in France, Italy, Sweden and Hungary. Mid-week graded action at Paris-Vincennes highlighted the lead in to a superb racing weekend. ...

Lyonssomewhere upsets in $437,325 Cane Pace

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:11:00 GMT
Lyonssomewhere pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 harness racing season as he led from start to finish in capturing the first jewel of the pacing Triple Crown, the $437,325 60th annual Cane Pace at Tioga Downs on Labor Day Monday. Sent off at odds of 19-1, he paid $40.20 to win....

Also Encouraging wins $150,000 Shady Daisy

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:31:00 GMT
Closing from seventh place at the top of the stretch, Also Encouraging and driver David Miller surprised the field by mowing down the field and posting a one length triumph in the $150,000 Shady Daisy Pace for three-year-old fillies at Tioga Downs Monday....