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

Keeneland Begins Installation of Dirt Surface

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:02:49 GMT
Keeneland has begun installation of the dirt racing surface on its main track, the final step in the renovation project that is on schedule for completion next month in advance of the fall meeting.

Maybry's Boy to E.A. Ranches

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:38:17 GMT
Graded stakes winner Maybry's Boy, a son of Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Broad Brush, is relocating from New York to E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif.

Texas AG Asked to Rule on Historical Racing

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:08 GMT
A Texas lawmaker is asking Attorney General Greg Abbott to weigh in on whether a state commission has the authority to allow historical racing.

My Option, La Tia Tangle in Ontario Matron

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:09:37 GMT
A competitve field of nine fillies will face off in the two-turn Ontario Matron over Woodbine's Polytrack July 26, including a pack of stakes winners at Arlington and over the home track outside Toronto.

Tonalist Looks Tough in Jim Dandy Stakes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:46 GMT
Sometimes, handicapping a horse race can be as much about the horses whose chances you don't like as it is about the horses whose chances you do like.

Record Breakers Headed for Del Mar Debutante

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:12:58 GMT
A pair of 2-year-old fillies who eclipsed the Del Mar Polytrack mark for five furlongs in separate racing debuts July 20, appear headed for a showdown in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for their powerhouse barns.

Dance With Fate Off the Bench for San Diego

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:42:41 GMT
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate, off since a sixth-place effort in the Kentucky Derby, tackles older horses for the first time in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar.

Haskin: The Saint of Saratoga

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:22:06 GMT
Unable to ride any longer due to a series of injuries and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Valerie Buck turned her passion in another direction.

Shanon Nicole Takes Off-Turf Indiana Grand

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:42:36 GMT
Shanon Nicole, owned and bred by Connie Apostelos, benefited from a quick early pace to rally and capture the $205,200 Indiana Grand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Race Course July 23.

Can Coup de Grace Land Blow in Amsterdam?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:14:51 GMT
The $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course July 26 looks to have several intriguing contenders, some stretching out in distance and others dropping back.

Daring Dancer Prevails in Lake George Stakes

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:41:15 GMT
With a late stretch move, favored Daring Dancer caught A Little Bit Sassy to win by a head in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) July 23 over the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course.

Delaware, Horsemen Hope to Pay Late Purses

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:55 GMT
The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Delaware Park are working to ensure horsemen are promptly paid purse money in light of delays in the receipt of results of equine drug tests.

Tonalist, Wicked Strong Headline Jim Dandy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:43:53 GMT
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist and fourth-place finisher Wicked Strong share a highweight assignment of 123 pounds for the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga on July 26.

Eight Stakes Set for Churchill in September

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:48:57 GMT
The second September meet in the 140-year history of Churchill Downs will offer eight stakes races with total purses of $925,000 during a 12-day run.

Global Gaming Almanac Set for July 28 Release

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:45:11 GMT
The Global Gaming Almanac provides 746 pages of comprehensive, up-to-date market summaries, financial data, statistics, and profiles of properties, owners, and regulators for 215 international gaming jurisdictions.

Art Sherman to Receive Laffit Pincay Award

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:39:15 GMT
Art Sherman, a career horseman who rose to the pinnacle of racing this past spring when he guided California Chrome in a thrilling Triple Crown run, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award.

Harris, Frazier Lead 2014 Washingon HOF Class

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:57 GMT
Trainer Ben Harris and jockey Ricky Frazier head a stellar group of 2014 Washington Racing Hall of Fame inductees, Emerald Downs announced.

Equineline 'Pedigree Binder' Now Available

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44:09 GMT
The Jockey Club Information Systems unveiled the "Pedigree Binder" July 23, enabling users to easily manage, store, and view Equineline pedigrees and other information online.

Wednesday at Saratoga

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:38:30 GMT
Doug Salvatore looks at a baby race & the A.P. Indy Curse Wednesday at Saratoga.

OBS Fall Sale to Include Horses of Racing Age

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:47 GMT
A new horses of racing age section will be added to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2014 fall mixed sale scheduled for Oct. 14-16.

Final Breeders' Cup Board Seats Filled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:03:19 GMT
The Breeders' Cup announced July 23 the final composition of its board of directors upon the completion of runoff voting by the 45 Breeders' Cup Members.

Filly Taghrooda Takes Aim at Ascot History

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:58:59 GMT
Classic-winning 3-year-old filly Taghrooda will face older males July 26, when she starts from the outside in the field of 12 expected for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot.

TOBA Schedules Events in Saratoga Springs

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:10:54 GMT
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is holding two educational events, as well as its annual members meeting, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., during the first week of August.

Risk Factors for EIPH in Australian Racehorses Studied

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:02:59 GMT
Researchers know that exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, or EIPH, can hinder a horse's lung function and athletic performance. What they're still not clear on, however, is which horses will bleed and when. But an Australian research team recently took a step closer to finding the answer.

Sky Kingdom Returns to 1 1/2 Miles in Cougar

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:42:15 GMT
Last year's Cougar II runner-up stretches back out to 12 furlongs versus 10 opponents.

NY Tracks Awarded Extended VLT Hours

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:09 GMT
New York racetrack gaming facilities, most of which have been facing slumping financial numbers this year, will be able to stay open later into the early morning and be authorized to offer more free play.

Queen's Horse Tests Positive for Morphine

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:59:20 GMT
Estimate, the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I) winner belonging to Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the banned substance morphine, Buckingham Palace announced July 22.

Haskin: No More 'What Ifs' With Wise Dan

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:10:42 GMT
Wise Dan's career is what it is, and now that he is about to embark on a comeback at age 7 from colic surgery, he should be appreciated for what he does and what he's accomplished.

Tonalist Begins Push for Eclipse Award

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:49:50 GMT
Robert Evans' Tonalist, winner of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a high mountain to climb if he wishes to supplant California Chrome atop the 3-year-old division.

NY Legislature Extends 2% Share for Horsemen

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:49:12 GMT
First passed as a temporary surcharge in 2007, legislation has been signed into law again authorizing the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to receive 2% of purse proceeds at New York Racing Association tracks.

Harness Link Featured News

Mike Stevenson notches 1,500th career win

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:16:18 GMT
What seemed like eternity to Fredericton native Mike Stevenson has now become history....

Contenders in form for Ladbroke’s Delaney Memorial

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:00 GMT
With less than three weeks away from the race weekend, it’s time to take at look at some of the leading contenders for the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Series at Portmarnock’s Harness Racing venue in Dublin, Ireland the 9th and 10th of August....

Track record for Market Rally at Saratoga

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT
Market Rally broke the track record for three year old trotting fillies on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway....

Mare beats male rivals at Summerside

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:48:19 GMT
Summerside PE- Racing returned to Red Shores' Summerside Wednesday night after a successful Governor's Plate Week....

Favorites shine in OSS at Grand River Raceway

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:00 GMT
Three of the two-year-old trotting fillies competing in tonight’s third $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division at Grand River Raceway came into the contest riding two race winning streaks....

Takter aims for third Adios title in last 6 years

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:48:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2014 — When trainer Jimmy Takter sends out Somewhere In L A in Saturday’s final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows, he’ll be gunning for the winner’s share of the $400,000 purse, of course. But there’s something more at stake for the Hall of Famer....

Morning line at Yonkers now done by Trackmaster

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:45:00 GMT
Handicappers that closely follow the racing at Yonkers Raceway may have noticed a subtle change in the program information the last month. The morning line odds are now being prepared by a computerized program. ...

Four straight for Madewell Hanover at Harrah's

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:38:00 GMT
The talented 3-year-old trotter Madewell Hanover picked up his fourth straight win in the Wednesday featured, a trot for non-winners of $12,500 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 7 pari-mutuel races....

Great Success to stand stud in Victoria

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:24:19 GMT
Great Success (Tr 1:51.4TT), the fastest trotter ever to be imported to the southern hemisphere and now a highly regarded sire, is to stand in Victoria this season after being based in New Zealand for the last four seasons....

Yaldy hotel owner on golden run

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:17:00 GMT
Harness racing luck can be brutal at times and at other times everything just falls into place....

Mach Three filly wins in quick time

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:50:00 GMT
The Christian Cullen Mobile Pace for fillies and mares at the Waikato Harness Racing meeting at Cambridge this evening looked to be a benefit race for the smart Mach Three filly Zeta Bromac....

Katy Perry to head to repechage

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:34:00 GMT
Top harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety has complete faith in his star two-year-old filly Katy Perry....

NZ bets of the week ring-around - July 24

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:44:00 GMT
Last week the ring-around produced six winners with Matthew Williamson, Nathan Williamson, Scott Phelan, Ricky May, John Dunn, and I all delivering the goods....

Tall Cotton shatters Meadows all-age trot record

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:36:19 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2014 -- When Tall Cotton cut out a fast three-quarters in 1:23.4 in Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, it seemed only a matter of time before the top trotters chasing him would gobble him up. They didn't, couldn't get anywhere near, in fact, and the timer told why....

Special JJ remains flawless in Indiana Stakes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:20:00 GMT
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 23, 2014-Special JJ kept her flawless freshman record intact using a perfectly timed rally late in the stretch to score in the featured attraction, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 23. With a final time of 1:57, it was a lifetime best performance and third victory of the season for Special JJ....