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

Vertigo Hanover Remains Perfect at the Fall Colonial Downs Harness Meet

September 27, 2014

Always Quick Star Captures 2nd Leg of the Parkers Memorial Trot Thursday at Colonial Downs

September 25, 2014

A Pair of Sub-1:50.0 Miles Highlight Sunday Racing at Colonial Downs

September 21, 2014
Starter Mike Wojchick Supervises Camel & Ostrich Races

Vertigo Hanover Scores 2nd Win of Opening Week Saturday at Colonial Downs

September 20, 2014

Skeet Thunder and Bellator Score Stake Series Wins Thursday at Colonial Downs as Opening Week Continues

September 18, 2014

Brad Irvine's Pacers Score Late Closer Division Wins

September 17, 2014
as Colonial Downs Opens its 17th Harness Racing Season Wednesday Afternoon

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.

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BloodHorse Featured News

Santa Anita Can't Hurt Shared Belief

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:12:11 GMT
How much will recent experience at Santa Anita Park help undefeated Shared Belief in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)?

Health Zone: Hoof Care - Hoof Anatomy

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:06:20 GMT
The hoof's external health affects the bones and soft tissues within, and vice versa.

What's Going On Here: A Rich Trifecta

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:42:01 GMT
Recognizing veterinarian innovators Fallon, Lavin, and Bramlage.

Slideshow: Owner and Breeder Aaron Jones

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:28:00 GMT
A tribute to Aaron Jones, breeder of three Breeders' Cup winners. Read the full feature in the October 4, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse.

Long-Term Vision Possible After Equine Cataract Surgery

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMT
If your horse is dealing with cataract-associated vision loss, researchers have some good news: Recent study results suggest that more than 25% of horses that undergo a certain type of cataract surgery are still visual two years later.

Figures Decline at F-T Midlantic Fall Sale

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:03:16 GMT
Hillwood Stable landed the top two highest-priced yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale, which saw declines in all three key economic indicators at the one-day sale Sept. 29

Plan in Works to Save Suffolk Downs Racing

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:43:07 GMT
There may be a reprieve for live racing at Suffolk Downs even though the track's ownership group announced that they would not apply for dates in 2015.

Record Prize Money Expected for NHC, NHC Tour

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:30:22 GMT
The Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship anticipates a record total purse money for the 2015 event, which will cap the 2014 contest season.

Simulcast Conference: HD Options Progressing

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:25:09 GMT
New York Racing Association director of television and interactive platforms Dan Silver said plans to offer racing fans their choice of unique perspectives could see NYRA surge past those sports in that area.

Kay Outlines Recent Successes to NYRA Board

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:02:11 GMT
With an eye on the future, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay extolled the successes of the present and the recent past at a meeting of NYRA's board of directors on Sept. 29.

Two-Time GI Winner Strategic Maneuver Dies

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:26:48 GMT
Strategic Maneuver, a two-time grade I winner at 2 in 1993 was put down Sept. 24 at Betty Moran's Brushwood Farm in Pennsylvania. The 23-year-old daughter of Cryptoclearance produced two group or graded winners.

Rosalind to Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:01:53 GMT
Rosalind, who finished in a dead-heat for first in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) last spring, will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 3 in Lexington.

Haskin: Thoughts on a Super Saturday

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:30:17 GMT
Although Super Saturday in New York and California had several twists that no one was expecting, it did help clarify the Breeders' Cup picture to some extent, but also raised questions as well.

Handle, Purses Decline at Churchill Meet

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:19:01 GMT
The second September meet at Churchill Downs since it began hosting the dates previously held by Turfway Park produced a 16.15% decline in wagering and a 13.5% drop in purses.

Monmouth Reports Handle, Attendance Gains

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:21 GMT
Monmouth Park reported increases in on-track and export pari-mutuel handle, as well as attendance, for its 57-day meet that ended Sept. 28.

Sea The Moon to Lanwades Stud

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:26:29 GMT
Sea The Moon, 11-length winner of the 145th Deutsches (German) Derby (Ger-I) in July, will enter stud in 2015 at Lanwades Stud near Newmarket, England, in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock.

What Causes Equine Grass Sickness?

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMT
We all know that horses residing at pasture spend the majority of their days grazing. But did you know that, in certain parts of the world, grazing could put a horse at risk for contracting a potentially fatal disease? And what's more, researchers still aren't sure what causes the disease, called equine grass sickness (EGS).

Bramlage: America Must Give Up Furosemide

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:15:04 GMT
Two of three distinguished veterinarians being honored by the Thoroughbred Club of American, Dr. Larry Bramlage and Dr. Gary Lavin, addressed medication use in racehorses during their acceptance speeches.

Desormeaux to Hospital After Kick by Horse

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:51:14 GMT
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken to a hospital after he was unseated in the post parade for the eighth race at Santa Anita Park Sept. 28 and was subsequently kicked in his chest.

Espinoza Suspended for Awesome Again Ride

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:31:01 GMT
Santa Anita Park stewards handed jockey Victor Espinoza a seven-day suspension Sept. 28 for his tactics in the handling of Sky Kingdom in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) the preceding day.

Bright Thought Back in Form in John Henry

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:26:53 GMT
Bright Thought turned the tables on his heavily favored stablemate Big John B in the $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park with his first win since March 2013.

Tonito M. Delivers Upset in Oklahoma Derby

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:28:26 GMT
Southern California shipper Tonito M. swept past the leaders to score a mild upset in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) Sept. 28 at Remington Park, earning his first victory in six starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Ramseys Take Churchill September Meet Title

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:46:27 GMT
Churchill Downs concluded its 12-day meeting Sept. 28 with ties for the jockey and trainer titles and Ken and Sarah Ramsey extending their record as leading owners.

Imperia Breaks Maiden in Belmont's Pilgrim

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:39:11 GMT
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin took a shot with well-bred maiden Imperia in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 28 at Belmont Park, and the colt now appears Breeders' Cup bound after uncoiling a big late charge.

Apprentice Juarez Hospitalized After Fall

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:37:11 GMT
Apprentice jockey Nik Juarez was sent to the hospital Sept. 28 after being unseated by his mount Forward Momentum during eighth race at Monmouth Park.

Lady Eli Draws Clear in Miss Grillo Tally

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:31:10 GMT
Lady Eli blew past battling front-runners in the stretch and drew clear to victory in the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.

After the Wire: Jockey Club Gold Cup

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:07:42 GMT
Evan Hammonds recaps a plethora of graded stakes from the weekend. Learn how the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Awesome Again S., Zenyatta S., and FrontRunner S. will effect the Breeders' Cup.

Trust In A Gust Prevails in Rupert Clarke

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:55:13 GMT
Trust In A Gust denied multiple group I winner Dissident victory by a flared nostril after a rousing stretch duel in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Aus-I) Sept. 28 at Caulfield

Ostrolenka First Winner for Sire Musket Man

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:52:14 GMT
Ostrolenka led gate to wire en route to a visually impressive 14 1/2-length romp Sept. 28 in the second race at Belmont Park and became the first winner for Louisiana stallion Musket Man.

Tonalist, Zivo Could Meet Again in BC Classic

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:51:01 GMT
Tonalist and Zivo, first and second, respectively, in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), could meet up again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), their trainers said the morning of Sept. 28.

Harness Link Featured News

Top prizes in free Insider Access contest!

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT
How would you like to win a set of $1,400US custom race bike wheels from Forward Motion Technologies, perhaps a full set of RazorHorse shoes, maybe a five gallon bucket of Lifeline Horse Supplement or a $100 Amazon gift card?...

Grand River Raceway wraps up 2014 season

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:09:00 GMT
ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway staged its final race night of the 48-day harness racing meet on September 29....

Aaron Merriman takes both features

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:06:00 GMT
Aaron Merriman has more wins this year than any harness racing driver in North America. He continued his reign in both of the evening's features on Monday (September 29) at Northfield Park....

Hanover boys double up in OSS Gold

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:43:00 GMT
Harness racing two-year-old pacing colts bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, the undefeated Reverend Hanover and the bargain yearling Drachan Hanover, captured both $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions tonight at Mohawk....

Muscle Hill 2YO fillies share world record

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:31:00 GMT
The brilliant Muscle Hill filly Jolene Jolene equalled the world record for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on a mile track of 1:52.2 held by Mission Brief (also by Muscle Hill) when she captured an $84,250 division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Thursday (September 25)....

Tough task for Artsplace's son

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:05:00 GMT
Harness racing’s excitement machine, Guaranteed, faces an arduous first-up task at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night....

Skippin By takes $150,000 OSS Gold at Flamboro

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:38:00 GMT
A big pot of $150,000 was up for grabs in a single Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series event for three-year-old filly pacers on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs, and it was won by Skippin By and driver Randy Waples in 1:52.4....

Gaining trust pays off for Luck O The Irish

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:32:00 GMT
Luck O The Irish, one of the top two-year-old trotting colts in the Ontario Sires Stakes program this year, took some time before he relaxed for owner/breeder June Durand and her husband, Tom, who handles the colt’s training and driving....

TRA/HTA International Simulcasting Conference starts

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:21:00 GMT
Delray Beach, FL – Thoroughbred Racing Association executive vice-president, Chris Scherf, kicked off the 22nd annual International Simulcasting Conference Monday afternoon at the Delray Beach Marriott. The conference is held by the Thoroughbred Racing Association (TRA) and Harness Tracks of America (HTA)....

Art Major's drawn to dominate at Forbury Park

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:10:00 GMT
This Thursdays harness racing meeting at Forbury Park in Dunedin sees the running of the second heat of this seasons 3 year old Sires Stakes Series and it has drawn a field of eight talented second season pacers....

Weeper sets record in Meadows Keystone Classic

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:12:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2014 -- Weeper, Pennsylvania's champion 3-year-old filly pacer, performed like a champion Monday at The Meadows when she rolled to a stake record 1:51 in a division of a $90,000 Keystone Classic. Katie Said and Do Your Job took the event's other divisions, each in 1:51.4 -- the stake record until Weeper smashed it....

Todd Trites top driver at Fredericton Raceway

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
With the 2014 season in the books at Fredericton Raceway, Todd Trites walked away with another dash winning crown at the capital city oval. ...

Three divisions International Trot at Red Mile

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Grand Circuit racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile with the $323,200 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for two-year-old filly trotters. Thirty three freshman lasses were declared, resulting in four divisions of the stake. ...

Just A Jolt scores 15th of season, Roberts wins five

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($5.20, Victor Kirby) recorded his 15th win of the season Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $18,000 Open Handicap in 1:51.4....

Grand River Raceway closes on positive note

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
ELORA, ON - Monday (September 29) marks the final live race card of the year at Grand River Raceway, but it's already proven to be a successful year at the track....