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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.

Hillbilly Desire Captures Junior Pacing Series Leg at Colonial Downs on Wednesday

October 16, 2013
Hillbilly Desire took advantage of a perfect pocket trip and well timed move in the stretch to capture the $4,500 second leg of the Juniors Pacing Series Wednesday at Colonial Downs.

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BloodHorse Featured News

Harlan's Holiday Colt Posts Swiftest OBS Work

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:54:17 GMT
The fastest time for a quarter mile in three days of under tack previews was posted by a bay colt by Harlan's Holiday who breezed in :20 3/5 April 17 for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale at Ocala Training Center.

Strait of Mewsina Sires First Foal

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:39:03 GMT
Grade III-winning Indiana-based stallion Strait of Mewsina sired his foal when a filly was born April 17.

Daring Dancer Wins Appalachian With Key Move

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:36:22 GMT
Daring Dancer, making her first start in nearly six months, remained unbeaten with a daring 2 1/2-length triumph in the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 17 at Keeneland.

Mike Mitchell to Step Down as Head Trainer

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:47:35 GMT
The stable of leading Southern Californian conditioner Mike Mitchell will be restructured starting April 21, with his longtime assistant Philip D'Amato taking over the reins as head trainer.

European Mark Smashed Again at Tattersalls

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:36:42 GMT
Just 24 hours after a High Chaparral colt set a European record for a breeze-up sale, the high water mark was moved again when a 2-year-old War Front colt from Willie Browne's Mocklershill was sold for 1,150,000 guineas.

Ky Derby: Form, Pedigree, Speed, & Red Flags

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:34:48 GMT
Doug Salvatore profiles the form, pedigree, speed and red flags of Kentucky Derby contenders. Part 2 of 3.

Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:26:53 GMT
Anne M. Eberhardt catches up with broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady.

That Handicapping Show: Illinois Derby

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:26 GMT
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Illinois Derby and the Charles Town Classic.

NTRA Reports Positive Financial Results

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:02:31 GMT
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors on April 17 approved the association's audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding Jan. 31, 2014, which reflect net revenues of $667,477.

Slideshow: Take Charge Lady

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:55:16 GMT
Images celebrating the career of 2013 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady.

Take Charge Lady Kentucky Broodmare of Year

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:26:22 GMT
Eaton Sales' Take Charge Lady, the dam of champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge, was honored as Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at its annual awards luncheon April 17.

Interest High for Oklahoma City Summer Sale

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:26:31 GMT
Following record-breaking increases at the 2013 OKC Summer Sale, officials say they are preparing for an increase in entries for the upcoming sale set for Aug. 18 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

Quality Road's First Starter Scores Easy Win

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:19:55 GMT
Hootenanny, the first starter for freshman sire Quality Road, skipped away from the field in the stretch of Keeneland's second race April 17, scoring a 4 1/4-length win in the 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight test.

Key Owners, Trainers to Publicize Vet Records

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:02 GMT
Such records will cover the 14-day period preceding and including the day of each race and will be available on the day of the race at least two hours prior to post time. The pledges take effect immediately.

The Dude Returns to Charles Town

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:08:55 GMT
On Saturday, Game On Dude returns to Charles Town to seek another victory in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II). Will he win?

European Record At Tattersalls Craven Sale

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:06:43 GMT
A European record for a breeze-up sale was broken for the second straight year April 16 when Ross Doyle went to 800,000 guineas to secure a High Chaparral colt during the first day of the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale.

Wicked Strong Puts in Solid Breeze at Belmont

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:03:34 GMT
In his first work since winning the Wood Memorial (gr. I), Wicked Strong breezed a solid half-mile in :49.62 seconds the morning of April 17 over the Belmont Park training track.

Trommer Scores One for the Home Team

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:46:12 GMT
The home team prevailed in Keeneland's spring handicapping contest, the Grade One Gamble, as Lexington's Evan Trommer finished first with a final total of $9,170 after starting with $2,000.

Rampart Winner Gamay Noir Heads Sixty Sails

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:53:40 GMT
Gamay Noir, who snapped a five-race losing streak when she captured the Rampart Stakes (gr. III), tops a field of eight fillies and mares that will go to the post in Hawthorne's Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) April 19.

Finding a Home, Filling a Need

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:16:05 GMT
Peggy Goetsch, executive director for the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation, has been serving Illinois' backstretch community for 32 years.

Australia's Rules Banning AI Upheld by Court

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:13:13 GMT
In a highly publicized case that could have had ramifications worldwide, the Full Federal Court of Australia has unanimously dismissed a challenge to that country's ban on artificial insemination in Thoroughbreds.

Illinois Gaming Plans Would Slice Racing Aid

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:14:42 GMT
The latest blueprints for expanding gaming in Illinois appear to scale back dramatically on aid for the racing industry.

Street Boss Colt Among Top OBS Day 2 Workers

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:25:52 GMT
Three juveniles each sped an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5 to share honors for the fastest time at the distance during the second under tack preview for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds April 16.

And They're Off: The End of the Trail Edition

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:20:52 GMT
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss injuries on the Kentucky Derby Trail, the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass, the Churchill Downs takeout increase and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

Midnight Hawk Brings Illinois Derby Intrigue

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:45 GMT
Given the colt's Chicago connections, it's not surprising Bob Baffert would send Midnight Hawk to the April 19 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. As for his plans from there on out, you'll have to read between the lines.

Stronach Takes Stand on Integrity Reforms

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:28:13 GMT
"Now, more than ever, we as track operators, horsemen, and regulators must come together to do everything we can to prevent any abuse of our Thoroughbred athletes," Stronach said.

Dude Back On Game for Charles Town Classic

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:57:56 GMT
His reputation restored with a superb win in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Game On Dude looks for a repeat victory in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) the night of April 19 at Charles Town Races.

Regulators Begin Asmussen Investigations

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:12:48 GMT
At least one regulator investigating violations alleged in a PETA video posted last month involving the stable of trainer Steve Asmussen expects the inquiry to take at least several months.

Kauai Katie Makes Her 2014 Debut in Distaff

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:46:16 GMT
Todd Pletcher-trained filly makes first start in nearly nine months in six-furlong test at Aqueduct Racetrack April 19.

Fayette Winners Square Off in Ben Ali

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:49:58 GMT
Newsdad and Nikki's Sandcastle, winners of the past two runnings of Keeneland's Fayette Stakes (gr. II), top the field of 10 older runners entered for the Lexington track's $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) April 19.

Harness Link Featured News

Who Will Win The Euros? Picks by Dave Sanders

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:50:00 GMT
It was a tough week in Eskilstuna, where we picked four legs and two outright winners (should have had four but I got cute) and so turned a might have been profitable week into a sour one....

Power Everywhere turns out the lights at Northfield

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:50:00 GMT
Power Everywhere captured the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (April 17) in Northfield Park's opening race. She is trained by Calvin Hollar, Northfield Park leading harness racing conditioner so far in 2014. Robin Miller drove the victory for owner Edwin Harwood of Monroe, Michigan....

Ottley brings up win 100

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:30:00 GMT
Even a cold wet night at Forbury Park couldn’t put a dampener on Samantha Ottley’s 100th driving success....

Heavyweights headed to Norway for Klosterskogen

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:40:30 GMT
Some of the heavyweights of Swedish racing have made the journey to Norway this weekend as the Scandinavian circuit kicks off with top group racing at Klosterskogen....

Equitours can get you to the 2014 Elitlopp

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:28:16 GMT
This year we might have the chance to see American trotters participate, like Market Share and Maven! Make your plans now! ...

"The Trip" is likely key in $30,000 Weiss Final

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:22:17 GMT
WILKES-BARRE PA - The first of four $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships takes place this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, with late-developing three- and four-year-olds who did the best in their four preliminary rounds going behind the gate for the big money....

Harness Racing Roundup by Ken Weingartner

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:38:19 GMT
Ray Hall aims to complete a sweep in the five-week Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old male trotters when he faces eight rivals in Tuesday's $30,000 final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs....

Harmony Haven offers equine rescue and rehab

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:50:20 GMT
Nestled in Cottonwood, California is Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding and Horse Rescue, a facility devoted to horses and people. The farm is operated by Jeannie Womack and her daughter Tiffany. ...

Livingston book sequel to feature Standardbreds

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:24:42 GMT
Award winning equine photographer Barbara Livingston, whose popular books Old Friends and More Old Friends, painted a sentimental portrait of champion racehorses long gone from the spotlight, has completed a third edition of that series. ...

Devaux wins half of Monticello's eight-race card

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:47:40 GMT
Quietly Jimmy Devaux does his job, and he's good at what he does. ...

Miller's horses dominate again in Weiss Series

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:08:00 GMT
Even with a substitute driver, Take The Money and Perfect Alliance continued to dominate Bobby Weiss series action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with easy wins on Wednesday night....

Sevruga wins again for Miller Stable

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT
With his regular reinsman Andy Miller sidelined following yesterday's racing accident, world champion trotter Sevruga did his best to lift Team Miller's spirits on Wednesday, scoring his second straight win at Harrah's Philadelphia....

Legal Brief wins case by a nose at Saratoga

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT
Legal Brief stuck his nose out in time to win a photo in Wednesday's featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway....

Dean Braun – Positive Swab to phenylbutazone

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:59:00 GMT
Harness Racing NSW has been advised by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that phenylbutazone and oxphenbutazone has been detected in the post race urine sample taken from MAGICAL TELF NZ after it raced and won Race 3, the Slingsby Holdings Australasian Young Drivers Heat 2 (2300 metres) at Tabcorp Park Menangle Harness meeting on 15 February 2014....

Stewards Inquiries – Cobalt Positives

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:03:00 GMT
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards today opened inquiries into the results of analysis from two approved laboratories that the prohibited substance Cobalt above the threshold of 200mg/Litre in urine samples collected from the following horses;...