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 Secretariat Course Prepared on His 50th Birthday  NEW KENT, VA – March 30, 2020 – At a time when everyone is seeking signs of a return to normalcy in the months ahead, Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the New Kent Fire Department and Virginia Department of Forestry, will conduct a controlled burn of its Secretariat […]

The Coronavirus has taken a toll on the number of racetracks currently operating, and the updated list of those running and those not running changes daily. This week, the Kentucky Oaks was moved to Friday September 4 and the Kentucky Derby to Saturday September 5 from its traditional “First Saturday in May” slot. In Virginia, […]

Four Wheel Drive Horse Race

Dates for the second annual thoroughbred racing season under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group are set for 2020. An 18-day campaign set over a six week period will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 23 – August 29. Post time has been moved back 30 minutes from last year, to 5:30 PM […]

Attention Horseplayers! Be sure to enter Saturday’s (March 14) FREE handicapping contest at the 4 VA-Horseplay OTBs at Breakers Sports Grille (Henrico), Ponies & Pints (Richmond), Buckets Bar & Grill (Chesapeake) and The Windmill OTB Sports Grill (Collinsville), and at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at New Kent. Fill out an entry before 3 PM. Win your […]

With only two months to go until Kentucky Derby Day, prep race action for three-year-old horses takes center stage this weekend plus, fans will have a chance to bet both the Derby and Kentucky Oaks weeks in advance. A trio of key graded stakes for three-year-olds is on tap Saturday March 7 — the $300,000 […]

Race Horse

The Kentucky Derby prep race scene reaches a new level Saturday (February 29) as Miami’s Gulfstream Park plays host to the Grade 2, $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes — the biggest race for 3-year-olds so far this year. Twelve horses have entered and the stakes will finish off the program Saturday as Race 14 […]

Stablemate Maven also working toward seasonal debut. By Christine Oser Monday, 6:34 PM Breeze Easy’s undefeated Breeders’ Cup winner Four Wheel Drive turned in a bullet half-mile work Feb. 24 at Turfway Park as he continues preparations toward his sophomore debut. With Julio Garcia up, the American Pharoah colt breezed four furlongs on Turfway’s synthetic […]

Kentucky Derby prep race season heats up this coming President’s Day holiday weekend with a four pack of stakes for three-year-olds on tap at tracks around the country. The annual “Run for the Roses” will be held Saturday May 2 at Churchill Downs and this year, Virginians will have nine different sites they can place […]

Tickets Now on Sale for Meet Beginning July 23 General Admission Remains Free Live racing returns to Colonial Downs in New Kent County in July and August with premium tickets going on sale today. General admission and parking are free. The best thoroughbred horses from around the country will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday […]

Colonial Downs will play host to 5 MATCH Series races on Saturday August 15. Here are the respective divisions and races in New Kent: *3-Year-Old & Up Fillies/Mares Turf Division: $100,000 Old Nelson Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf *3-Year-Old Sprint Dirt Division: $100,000 Victory Gallop Stakes at 7 furongs *3-Year-Old & Up Fillies/Mares […]

Posted: Jan. 14, 2020 By Tom LaMarra The highly popular and critically acclaimed Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) has been renewed for 2020, with an expanded schedule and an increase in owner, trainer and breeder bonus money thanks to new partner racetracks, horsemen’s groups and breeder associations. The series, which returned in 2018 after a […]

Colonial Downs Racetrack

by Press Release | 01.15.2020 | 4:12pm In an effort to ease the financial burden of horsemen racing in multiple jurisdictions and encourage more horsemen to participate in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Racing Commission voted unanimously to eliminate license fees beginning on January 1, 2020. The license forms and instructions may be downloaded from our website by clicking on […]

A trio of horses who won stakes at Colonial Downs this summer will all be competing in stakes on the same card this Saturday, December 28 at Gulfstream Park. Virginia Derby winner English Bee, Virginia Oaks winner Carnival Colors and Da Hoss victor Extravagant Kid will be vying in different stakes. English Bee is part […]

Colonial Downs Racing Start Gate

 Building on Success With $500,000 Daily Purses Colonial Downs Group is very pleased the Virginia Racing Commission has approved 18 race dates in 2020 for Colonial Downs Racetrack. Racing will be conducted beginning July 23 and running through August 29 on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays with a scheduled post time of 5:30 pm.  Colonial Downs […]

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 […]

Holly Hundy Race

Impressive Performances by Holly Hundy in Camptown and Ferndinanda in Brookmeade Fittingly, it was the Virginia-breds who were in the focus Saturday night, the closing night of the Colonial Downs season. Dubbed the “Racing Revival,” the New Kent, Va. meet was the first in the Commonwealth in six years as well as the first under […]

The first season of the “Racing Revival” at Colonial Downs comes to a close Saturday night (September 7) with a stakes-laden card focusing on Virginia-bred runners. All five stakes races are to be run over the Secretariat Turf Course which has gotten rave reviews from the horsemen competing here this season. Three of the events […]

BY DON CLIPPINGER /  SEPTEMBER 04, 2019 /  PUBLISHED IN HOME PAGE FEATURED, NEWS Stakes winners Bercasa and Wigwam Bay will carry the 155-pound highweights for Colonial Downs’ $50,000 Randolph D. Rouse Handicap for fillies and mares on Saturday. The 2 ¼-mile Rouse Handicap attracted a field of 10 and will help to bring down the curtain on the final program of […]

Four Wheel Drive Horse Race

Two-Year-Olds Stamp Themselves Horses to Watch for Future Successes It’s not often one sees a first-time starter in a $100,000 stakes race, let alone win it, but that’s what happened when Breeze Easy’s Four Wheel Drive was on cruise control in taking the Exacta Systems Rosie’s Stakes by 3 ¼ lengths over So Street on […]

English Bee Horse Race

Carnival Colors Wins Fasig Tipton Virginia Oaks to Give Trainer Mike Stidham Two Stakes Wins on the Night English Bee, who races in the colors of Calumet Farm, stalked a pedestrian pace before overtaking front-running Credit Swap in mid-stretch, and held off a late rally from Jais’s Solitude to win the Grade III $250,000 New […]