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Races tonight (Wednesday) at Colonial Downs will be taken off the turf and held over the dirt track, and post time has been moved up to 5:00 PM from its originally scheduled 5:30 PM start time. Seven of the nine races were scheduled to be run over Colonial’s Secretariat Turf Course — the second, and […]

Raining at Colonial Downs in New Kent

Due to heavy rain from last night’s (Monday) tropical storm, the race program scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 at Colonial Downs has been cancelled. The card will be made up on Sunday, August 9 at 5:30 PM. Horsemen will need to re-enter horses for that Sunday card on Wednesday, August 5. The race office will […]

Horse Racing

Jockey Trevor McCarthy reached the winners circle five times Sunday evening at Colonial Downs and in doing so, powered past Forest Boyce to take over top spot in the track’s rider standings. The 26-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware won the jockey title at Colonial last year as the New Kent track returned to action after […]

What The Beep Horse

What the Beep pulled off an upset with a one-length victory over heavy favorite Tan and Tight in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired fillies and mares. The homebred daughter of Great Notion was ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Karen Godsey who bred and broke the 5-year-old mare on her Eagle Point […]

Horse Racing

Guillaume rallied on the outside and overtook Merchant of Hope in the final strides of the $40,000 Hansel Stakes for Virginia Certified 2-year-olds on the Tuesday night opening night card at Colonial Downs. The son of Hard Spun is owned by DARRS Inc., trained by Mike Stidham and was ridden by Trevor McCarthy, the same […]

Colonial Downs’ rescheduled opening night, nine-race program will still go on as planned Tuesday, July 28, but post time has been pushed back one hour. The first race will begin at 6:30 PM instead of 5:30 PM. Wagering on the ‘spectator-free” program is available at all four Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums, at VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting […]

Colonial Downs postponed Monday’s (July 27) opening card prompted by dangerous heat conditions with heat index forecasts over 100 degrees. The change is to safeguard the health of people working, horses shipping and racing during these conditions.  Monday’s races will be re-carded for Sunday, August 2nd and horsemen will need to re-enter on Tuesday, July […]

What The Beep Horse

River Deep, winner of the 2019 Edward P. Evans Stakes, will try to defend his title Wednesday at Colonial Downs against six other Virginia-bred/sired horses including Todd Pletcher trainee Largent and 2019 Jamestown Stakes winner Embolden. The $60,000 one-mile turf stakes has been carded as the eighth race. Morgan Ford Farms’ River Deep won last […]

Three of Monday’s Pick-5 legs feature a 13 or 14 horse field (NEW KENT, VA — 7/23/2020) —- Colonial Downs will usher in its second season of Thoroughbred racing under the ownership of the Colonial Downs Group on Monday July 27 with nine pari-mutuel races getting underway at 5:30 PM (EDT). There will be two […]

George Horner

  When handicappers seek out a horse to wager in hopes of generating a return on their investment, most rely on past performance statistics to help make their decision. Available data includes charted lines from its most recent races, jockey and trainer stats, comparative speed figures along with other variables.  At the very end of […]

Colonial Downs Racing Start Gate

2020 Meeting to Open July 27 In light of the unprecedented pandemic impacting all walks of life and industries, Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, announced today that it will alter course from hosting limited spectators to a “spectator-free” racing program for the 2020 race meet, which opens Monday, July 27. The […]

Horse Racing

Embolden wins the 2019 Jamestown Stakes at Colonial Downs. (photos courtesy of Coady Photography)- Virginia-bred, -sired and/or -certified horses will be spotlighted in the first three evenings of racing at Colonial Downs – Monday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 29 – with six stakes races. Three of the events are for registered Virginia bred/sired runners […]

Colonial Downs Training

With the return of live racing to Colonial Downs just two weeks away, trainers from Tampa Bay Downs were amongst the initial conditioners to arrive on the backstretch which recently opened. As a light rain shower passed through the area, the first horses made their way onto the mile and a quarter main track signaling […]

Alex Sausville

When horses break out of the starting gate July 27 for the season’s first race at Colonial Downs, Alex Sausville will add another check mark to the long list of tracks where he has seen live racing. The New Kent, Virginia, oval will mark number 70. And when you add in his visits to tracks that have been shuttered, mothballed […]

Season Will Open July 27; Spectator Attendance Will be Limited Pursuant to Commonwealth Policies at Time of Races; Track Will Utilize Numerous Health and Safety Measures for Fans; General Admission to all Races is Free *** Season Will Feature New Monday through Wednesday Evening Schedule***  NEW KENT, Va. (July 9, 2020) – Following the incredibly […]

Sam Randazz

(NEW KENT, VA — 7/1/2020) —- When the stable area at Colonial Downs Racetrack opens July 13, Samantha Randazzo will begin her first stint as a Safety Compliance Officer, a job that is part of the new Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to reduce equine fatalities. Her “Best Practices” position focuses on 23 different responsibilities to ensure […]

Now that summer is here and more horse racing venues are reopening, the July stakes schedule at tracks around the country is blossoming quite nicely. There are many big races to look forward to and some are even happening a bit earlier than normal. Major tracks will be opening in July. Ellis Park opens July […]

There may not be any fans trackside, but mainstay ovals like Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Oaklawn that host early spring meets have been posting record betting handles the past two months solely from online wagering. Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs — lesser known tracks to east coast players — have experienced similar […]

Anne Tucker

When Anne Tucker’s prize horse Boltin Out won the Punch Line Stakes, two allowance races and Horse of the Meet honors at the 2013 Colonial Downs thoroughbred season — it’s final one before a six year hiatus — it provided an exclamation point to a 15-plus year legacy as a breeder/owner. Based at her Bowles […]

The following article appeared at on May 14, 2019 and was written by Byron King. 2019 Rosie’s Stakes winner Four Wheel Drive will make his 2020 debut on Sunday May 17 in a $84,000 allowance at Churchill Downs (Race 10 at 5:44 PM).   The American Pharoah colt, who also won the prestigious Breeders’ […]