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BY KARRI PEIFER Richmond Times-Dispatch Colonial Downs is launching a new restaurant in its New Kent racetrack and gaming emporium. The restaurant – 1609 – opens Thursday and is named to reflect the “equine and legislative history” associated with Virginia and Colonial Downs Racetrack and Rosie’s Gaming Emporium. “Virginia’s original partnership with horses began in […]

Record Crowds, Purses and Wagers Highlight Thoroughbred Racing Revival in Virginia 42,000 Fans, $7.4 M in Purses and $17.5 M in Wagers Set New Standard Colonial Downs Group, a division of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, is pleased to share the extremely positive results of the first thoroughbred racing season in six years at the New Kent […]

Governor Northam to Present Derby Trophy and Ag Secretary Ring to Present Oaks Trophy at Special Day of Racing on Saturday, August 31 Featuring horses from nationally prominent trainers, Colonial Downs Group is pleased to announce record crowds are expected for the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby and the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks races […]

Colonial Downs, which opened on August 8 for its first live race meet since 2013, is broadcasting races this year in high definition. The signal upgrade was assisted through The Jockey Club High Definition (HD) Grant Fund. Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, announced the creation of the HD Grant Fund at […]

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With the call of “Riders Up” from Kate Tweedy Chenery, daughter of Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, Thoroughbred racing in Virginia began a new era Thursday evening as Colonial Downs opened racing for the first time in six years to enthusiastic crowds, racing luminaries and top flight racing from horsemen and jockeys throughout the mid-Atlantic and […]

Colonial Downs Opens Under New Ownership, Bringing the Sport Back to the Commonwealth for the First Time in Five Years Thoroughbred horse racing is back in Virginia. Colonial Downs, which originally opened on September 1, 1997 and then closed on October 14, 2014, is once again open for business with the newly named Secretariat Turf […]

America’s Leading Horse Racing Network Also to Present On-Site Coverage of Virginia Racing Festival, Aug. 30-31 Officials of Colonial Downs Group and Television Games Network (TVG) today announced that TVG, America’s leading Thoroughbred racing network and advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, will televise races for the 2019 Colonial Downs meeting, beginning with opening day this […]

In restoring Thoroughbred racing in Virginia after a six-year hiatus, Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the Virginia Racing Commission, today announced a comprehensive set of elevated safety and horse welfare procedures and protocols for its upcoming race meeting, which opens on August 8. These broad-based protocols will encompass Pre-Race Examinations, Medication, Test Barn Procedures and […]

The “New Kent County Virginia Derby” Debuts on August 31 Colonial Downs and New Kent County, home county of the track, announced a new joint partnership today with horse racing’s revival in the Commonwealth that includes sponsorship of the Grade 3 Virginia Derby. The $250,000 stakes race, which highlights a “Racing Revival Weekend” on August […]

Tickets Still Available for September 1 Concert Colonial Downs Group is very pleased to announce an addition to the first major concert event to be hosted at the New Kent racetrack since new owners re-opened the facility this year. Singer-songwriter Matt Stell, with his hit new single “Prayed for You”, will be the opening act. […]

With the barn area opening just one week from today, July 25, anticipation is running high for 2019 Colonial Downs race meeting after a six-year hiatus of flat racing in Virginia, highlighted by the enthusiastic arrival of trainers across the Middle Atlantic, Northeast and Midwestern regions, and attracted by a strong purse structure of $500,000 […]

Partners with Tweedy Family to Spotlight Virginia Native Son, 1973 Triple Crown Winner and Racing Champion Colonial Downs Group announced today plans to name its turf course for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. A name synonymous with the sport of Thoroughbred racing, Secretariat was born at Meadow Stable in Doswell, Va., in 1970. He became […]

Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing Returns to Colonial Downs on August 8 Richmond, VA – July 1, 2019 – At a ceremonial ribbon cutting, Colonial Downs Group announced today that Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is now open in Richmond, Va. Rosie’s Richmond features 700 historical horse racing (HHR) machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurant and bar, and gift […]

by Press Release | 06.27.2019 | 9:24am The Jockeys’ Guild and the Virginia HBPA have reached an agreement on a mount fee schedule for races to be run at Colonial Downs beginning with their opening day, August 8, 2019. The mount fee schedule calls for a minimum fee of $125, the highest in the mid-Atlantic […]

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  The Jockeys’ Guild and the Virginia HBPA have reached an agreement on a mount fee schedule for races to be run at Colonial Downs beginning with their opening day, August 8, 2019. The mount fee schedule calls for a minimum fee of $125, the highest in the mid-Atlantic area. Racing is returning to Virginia […]

Stephanie Wisneski

Colonial Downs Group (CDG) is pleased to announce Stephanie Wisneski has been named general manager of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs in New Kent County. Wisneski had been Director of Compliance for CDG since October 2018. Prior to that Stephanie was the Compliance Manager for Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in Lebanon, Ohio. Stephanie […]

Other Options Available at Various Price Points for Racing Fans Tickets on Sale This Weekend Colonial Downs is pleased to announce families are welcome as it offers free general admission to everyone during its upcoming 15-day race meeting, August 8 – September 7. Other seating options are available as tickets go on sale this weekend. […]

Old Dominion

Tickets Go on Sale Saturday, June 15th Colonial Downs Group is very pleased to announce the first major concert event to be hosted at the New Kent racetrack since new owners re-opened the facility this year. Acclaimed country band Old Dominion, which just went #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts with its […]

Thanks Community with Giveaway and Prize Drawings Colonial Downs Group will host a grand opening celebration at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Vinton this Friday, June 7, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The festivities will include disc jockey entertainment, free t-shirts and drawings for free plays. There will be a series of lucky winner drawings starting […]

Voter Referendums Could Pave the Way for Rosie’s Entertainment in Both Locations Colonial Downs Group Making $300 Million Investment in Virginia; Creating 800 New Jobs This Year; Generating $25 million Annually in State Tax Revenues; $17 Million Annually in Local Tax Revenues; $25 million Annually to Virginia’s Horse Industry Richmond, VA – May 30, 2019 […]

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