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Colonial Downs Broadcasting in High Definition for 2019 Meet

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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COLONIAL DOWNS RETURNS WITH SUCCESSFUL FIRST PROGRAM OF THOROUGHBRED RACING IN SIX YEARS

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 […]

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LIVE THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING RETURNS TO VIRGINIA

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 […]

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TVG TO TELEVISE COLONIAL DOWNS RACE MEETING

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 […]

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COLONIAL DOWNS ANNOUNCES HORSE SAFETY AND WELFARE PROTOCOLS FOR UPCOMING RACE MEETING

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 […]

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VIRGINIA DERBY NEWLY NAMED FOR HOME LOCATION

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 […]

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Matt Stell to Open for Old Dominion at Colonial Downs

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. […]

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COLONIAL DOWNS OPENS BARN AREA JULY 25 ATTRACTING HORSEMEN WITH $500,000 DAILY PURSE STRUCTURE, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND RACING INCENTIVES

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 […]

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COLONIAL DOWNS NAMES TURF COURSE AFTER SECRETARIAT

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 […]

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Rosie’s Richmond Gaming Emporium Now Open

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 […]

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Colonial Downs Mount Fee To Be Highest In Mid-Atlantic After Guild, Virginia HBPA Pact

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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Colonial Downs Mount Fee To Be Highest In Mid-Atlantic After Guild, Virginia HBPA Pact

  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 […]

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Stephanie Wisneski

Colonial Downs Group Names Stephanie Wisneski General Manager of Rosie’s New Kent

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 […]

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FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AS RACING RETURNS TO COLONIAL DOWNS

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. […]

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Old Dominion Band to Perform at Colonial Downs on September 1

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 […]

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Rosie’s Vinton Celebrates Early Success Friday, June 7

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 […]

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Colonial Downs Launches Efforts in Danville and Dumfries

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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Largest Rosie’s Jackpot to Date – $146,206.85

Warsaw Woman Wins on Memorial Day Playing American 7 All Stars 25 year old Warsaw resident Harmony Smith became the largest jackpot winner in the short history of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium. Harmony visited Rosie’s at Colonial Downs in New Kent County on Monday, May 27 with her mother. Harmony, won $146,206.85 playing a historical horse […]

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VIRGINIA DERBY HEADLINES COLONIAL DOWNS 2019 STAKES SCHEDULE AS THOROUGHBRED RACING RETURNS TO THE COMMONWEALTH

Stall Application and Condition Book Now Available   Led by the $250,000 Virginia Derby (G3), Colonial Downs today announced its 2019 stakes schedule for the 15-day race meeting, August 8 – September 7, which will include $1.8 million in stakes purses as flat racing returns to Virginia for the first time since 2013. Through the […]

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COLONIAL DOWNS NAMES JASON BEEM RACE CALLER FOR 2019 MEETING

Merv Huber Named Racing Analyst and Paddock Host Colonial Downs officials today announced that veteran race caller Jason Beem will be the official track announcer for the 2019 Colonial Downs meeting, August 8 – September 7. Beem, who began calling races in 2006, is currently the race caller at Monmouth Park through late June. Beem, […]

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