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

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.

Colonial Downs & Blue Knights Announce Dogwood Classic Fundraising Initiatives

December 3, 2013
Colonial Downs and the Blue Knights Chapter XVII from the Tri-Cities area of Central Virginia will partner for the second straight year in an effort to raise funds for several important non-profits at the second annual Dogwood Classic on April 5th.

2nd Annual Dogwood Classic Set for April 5th at Colonial Downs

November 11, 2013
A day of world class steeplechase racing and trackside tailgating will return to Colonial Downs on Saturday April 5th as the second annual Dogwood Classic helps usher in the area’s spring outdoor festival season.

Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo Repeat as Virginia Bred Champs as Colonial Downs Closes out its 2013 Harness Season

October 27, 2013
Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo won Virginia-bred divisional titles for the second straight year Sunday as three year olds as Colonial Downs closed out its 16th annual fall harness racing season with the $380,000 “Day of Champions” card.

Fields Are Drawn for Sunday’s $380,000 Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” Card at Colonial Downs

October 25, 2013
Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective three year old prep races last weekend in advance of this Sunday’s 16th annual Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” program at Col

Omaha Survivor Beats a Talented Field in Colonial’s Thursday Co-Feature

October 24, 2013
Omaha Survivor shook off three straight runner-up finishes and returned to the winners circle for the first time since opening weekend by capturing Thursday’s $3,500 co-featured conditioned pace at Colonial Downs.

A Trio of Virginia-bred Two Year Old Champions Win Their Three Year Old Stake Preps Sunday at Colonial Downs

October 20, 2013
Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective $5,000 three year old prep races Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs. A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among ei

Le-Sirenuse Remains a Perfect 5-for-5 at Colonial Downs by Winning on Wednesday

October 23, 2013
Leading driver Chris Page directed Le-Sirenuse to his fifth straight victory at the Colonial Downs fall meet in wire to wire fashion Wednesday afternoon against five other pacers.

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BloodHorse Featured News

Check Ligament Surgery Helps Racehorses with SDFT Injuries

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT
Moderate to severe superficial digital flexor (SDF) tendon lesions in Thoroughbred racehorses have typically carried a poor prognosis for a return to racing and a lengthy rehabilitation process for horses that do return.

Palace Malice Hoping to Continue His Roll

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:18:13 GMT
With four victories in four starts this year, Palace Malice hopes to continue making a statement in the second half of the season when he races Aug. 2 in the grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

Social Inclusion to Move to Chad Brown

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:17:35 GMT
Ron Sanchez will send former hype horse Social Inclusion--coming off a career-worst seventh in the July 27 Haskell Invitational (gr. I)--to trainer Chad Brown in hopes of hitting the restart button on the colt's career.

Coltimus Prime Rules Prince of Wales

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:25:13 GMT
Coltimus Prime scored a commanding win in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 29 at Fort Erie, cruising wire to wire in the second leg in the Canadian Triple Crown.

Purses, Races Set for WV Classics Card

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:44:13 GMT
The West Virginia Breeders' Classic anchors a nine-race program on Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races' West Virginia Breeders' Classics card Oct. 18.

Plenty of Options for Bayern after Haskell

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:43:11 GMT
Frank Angst's Keeping Pace blog debuts with a look at the Breeders' Cup Challenge series to date and automatic qualifiers Bayern, Taghrooda, and Big Macher.

Study: EIPH Does Not Shorten Racing Careers

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:47:26 GMT
A new study finds no difference in the racing career longevity between horses who experience some level of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage and those who never experience EIPH.

Kingman, Toronado Set for Sussex Clash

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:24:14 GMT
An exciting matchup between group I winners Kingman and Toronado has shaped up for the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) July 30 at Goodwood.

793 Cataloged for Tattersalls Ireland Sale

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:00:10 GMT
Tattersalls Ireland has cataloged 793 horses for its three-day August National Hunt sale, set for Aug. 12-14.

Montana Jockey Seriously Injured in Spill

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:59:58 GMT
A jockey is hospitalized in serious condition with head injuries after a weekend horse racing accident in Great Falls, Mont.

Equibase Announces Redesigned Website

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:23:23 GMT
Equibase Company announced July 29 the launch of a redesigned website that features a multi-homepage concept with user-chosen pathways for new/casual fans, regular visitors, and seasoned handicappers.

Shadwell Turf Mile to Offer $1 Million Purse

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:18:45 GMT
Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm, announced the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) will carry a $1 million purse for its 29th running Saturday, Oct. 4.

Ashford's Shanghai Bobby to Shuttle to Brazil

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:17:29 GMT
Shanghai Bobby, the undefeated 2-year-old champion male of 2012, will stand the 2014 and 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons Brazil.

RCI to Consider Horses-in-Training Rules

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:59:58 GMT
The Association of Racing Commissioners International is considering rules to govern racehorses in training in an attempt to identify whether they are at risk for injury.

The Week in Photos for 7/29/2014

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:09:02 GMT
Monmouth Park, Saratoga, Del Mar, Europe, Parx, Canterbury, Woodbine & More!

WGOH: Patience Is Shah's Virtue

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:44:01 GMT
Owner Kaleem Shah believes in giving horses time to succeed.

Kingman vs. Toronado at Glorious Goodwood

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:15:57 GMT
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the group I Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Emperors Palace 2YO Sale Set for August

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:20:19 GMT
The 2014 Emperors Palace National 2-year-old sale will be held over three days, from Aug. 13-15, at the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association complex at Gosforth Park in South Africa.

R Free Roll Leads the Way in Honorable Miss

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:20 GMT
R Free Roll pulled a mild upset July 28 at Saratoga Race Course when shooting straight to the lead and holding firmly in the stretch to take the $200,000 HRTV Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for filly and mare sprinters.

Prominent Sire Beau Genius Dies at 29

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:49:13 GMT
The millionaire and grade I-winning son of Bold Ruckus was euthanized July 25 due to the infirmities of old age.

As Revenue Drops, NY Casinos Get Extra Hours

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:55:40 GMT
State regulators in New York have acted quickly to issue a new rule letting racetrack-based casinos operate an extra two hours a day.

Grade II Winners to Battle in WV Derby

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:23:21 GMT
Grade II winners Candy Boy, Tapiture, and Vicar's in Trouble, all of which competed in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), are among nine 3-year-olds entered in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 2.

Wilkins to Direct Calumet Stallion Division

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:55:39 GMT
Calumet Farm has appointed Ken Wilkins as its new director of the farm's stallion division, effective immediately. Among Wilkins' initial tasks will be to expand Calumet's stallion roster.

Godolphin's Romansh on Schedule for Whitney

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:32:05 GMT
Multiple stakes winner Romansh remains on track for Saturday's $1.5 million Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) despite missing a scheduled work July 28 because of the weather.

No Worries for Paquette in First Race Call

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:20:55 GMT
Jessica Paquette, senior director of communications at Suffolk Downs, wears many hats in her role at the track and now she can add race-calling to the long list.

Travers or Pennsylvania Derby Next for Bayern

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:20:13 GMT
Trainer Bob Baffert said July 28 that William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Bayern is under consideration for either the Travers Stakes (gr. I) or Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for his next start.

Catalano's Daughter Reports Progress

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:33 GMT
While trainer Wayne Catalano remains hospitalized in a suburban Chicago, his daughter Shelbi Hill reports her father is improving.

2015 Preakness Stakes Logo Unveiled

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:20:25 GMT
The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled the logo for the 140th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16, 2015, at Pimlico Race Course.

'The Chief' in Florida Rather Than Saratoga

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:42:57 GMT
The sign isn't hanging on barn 5 in Clare Court this summer; there's no sign there at all, no one resident that's claimed the spot that for so many years housed Allen Jerkens and his horses.

Delaware Park Cancels July 28 Racing Program

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:33:18 GMT
A Sunday night storm that impacted Delaware Park has led the track to cancel its Monday, July 28, live racing card.

Harness Link Featured News

Running Aces audit continues to show issues

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:28:00 GMT
 It was a mixed bag of news from Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus this week as the track continued to deal with a negative finding this month by the Office of the Legislative Auditor....

2yo trotting colts in OSS Grassroots at Mohawk

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT
Two sets of OSS Gold Series divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings went postward Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, with Muscle Up The Goal and A Little More Love striking gold for the second time this season....

Destreos eyes Redcliffe Gold Cup

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Queensland warrior Destreos is hoping for a change of luck....

Razerhorse - Masters of science and technology

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:34:00 GMT
At Harnesslink we are constantly keeping our readers up to date with all the developments on the harness racing and breeding side of this industry....

The need for change - Clubs in New Zealand

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:49:00 GMT
When I talk to overseas harness racing administrators, trainers and owners on my travels and we discuss the management and governance structures of our respective countries and whether they are delivering the best results for participants in our industry, I am frequently having to defend the structure and management of the industry in New Zealand. Northern Hemisphere people struggle to see how you can run harness racing in 2014 with a structure and governance that is a relic of a different time....

Yonkers hosts $201,000 NYSS 2yo filly trots

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 29, 2014-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $201,600 Mike Cohen Trot for 2-year-old fillies. The quintet of races honored the memory of the former Yonkers and NBC Sports publicity director, with his family and friends making winner's circle presentations....

The Wraps are getting bigger

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:18:00 GMT
A fluke is defined as “an unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck”....

Big plans for Libertybelle Midfrew

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:42:00 GMT
Rich feature events at Gloucester Park in November are on the agenda for outstanding filly Libertybelle Midfrew, who will resume after a brief spell in the Rigbys Bar Pace over 2130m on Friday night....

Erge Baboche upends Margarita Bi at 3R

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:41:00 GMT
Erge Baboche and driver Stephane Brosseau were able to take advantage of a crazy three-horse speed duel early in the mile to come on later and nip 2/5 race favorite and track record hold Margarita Bi (Denis St Pierre) in winning the feature trot at Hippodrome 3R Tuesday....

Hoosier Park unveils new Horsemen's Lounge

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:10:00 GMT
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 29, 2014 - In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen's lounge on Tuesday, July 29....

Father Patrick draws post ten in Hambletonian

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:10:00 GMT
Saturday's 89th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian Trot at The Meadowlands has drawn a field of eleven 3-year-old trotters going a mile in harness racing's most prestigious race....

Do we need to have Starting Gate safety checks?

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT
In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great new newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. ...

Hall notches 200th winner

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:48:00 GMT
Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen. achieved a notable milestone at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon when his only runner, Massive Attack, scored an easy all-the-way victory over Show You A Trick and Mister Atomic in the 2130m Lancaster Park Pace for two-year-olds....

Post time this Sunday at 3R at 7:00 pm

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:46:20 GMT
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 29, 2014 - Please note that with the long holiday weekend for Provincial Day this Monday, the first-race post time on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Hippodrome 3R has been moved to from 1:00 P.M. to  7:00 P.M. ...

Boytown gets front-end win in Meadows trot

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:44:19 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2014 -- Boytown, a converted claimer taking his first shot in tougher company, made it look easy Tuesday at The Meadows by winning his third consecutive start in a $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot....