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 Set For This Weekend

July 31, 2014
Colonial Downs will play host to cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country in the Virginia Stampede Pro Rodeo this coming Friday & Saturday evening, August 1 & 2, at the New Kent track.

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

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BloodHorse Featured News

Shared Belief Favored in Pacific Classic

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:05:55 GMT
Shared Belief has been installed the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) as the undefeated 3-year-old seeks to prevent older horse Game On Dude from a repeat victory in the $1 million race Aug. 24.

Travers Favorite Bayern Arrives at Saratoga

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:07:19 GMT
Grade I winner Bayern, 2-1 morning-line favorite for the upcoming $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20 around 4 p.m.

Heated Rivalry Rekindled in Del Mar Handicap

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:40:32 GMT
After exchanging tight decisions in two recent starts this spring, Fire With Fire and Quick Casablanca clash for a third time in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 23 on the Del Mar turf.

Ready to Act, Daring Kathy Vie at Woodbine

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:19:16 GMT
Multiple stakes winners Ready to Act and Daring Kathy, top the 10-horse field of 3-year-old fillies entered on the grass in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine Aug. 23.

Starstruck Heads Cast in Monmouth's Violet

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:02:29 GMT
Starstruck, Calumet Farm's 5-year-old Galileo mare, headlines the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 20 on the Jersey Shore, but the chestnut will have her work cut out for her against a full field.

King's Bishop: Coup de Grace vs. Wildcat Red

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:53:44 GMT
The $500,000 Kettle One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) pits front-running speedster Wildcat Red against proven closer Coup de Grace, both sharing highweight assignments of 121 pounds Aug. 23 at Saratoga.

Sole Power to Try for Second Nunthorpe Win

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:16:19 GMT
Sole Power will try to land the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) for a second time Aug. 22 at York, but trainer Eddie Lynam says his runner might not be at the top of his game.

Filimbi, Dayatthespa Get Ballston Spa Rematch

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:04:48 GMT
Filimbi, winner of the De La Rose Stakes over a comebacking Dayatthespa, will attempt to repeat her advantage Aug. 23 in the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.

Better Lucky Sticks With Dirt for Ballerina

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:30:34 GMT
Better Lucky, a dual grade I winner on turf who won her first start on dirt in more than two years last month at Saratoga Race Course, returns to the upstate New York oval for the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23.

FDA Sends Warning Letter to Compounding Firm

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:06:00 GMT
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to a Lexington pharmaceutical firm that compounds drugs for horses notifying the firm that tests show its drug products are "adulterated and misbranded."

Value in Young Sires at Keeneland September

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:49:25 GMT
Keeneland September yearlings by third-crop sires have posted the best ROI from 2002-11.

Brief Fair Meet at Timonium Begins Aug. 22

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:40:15 GMT
The second season of horse racing in Maryland gets underway Aug. 22 with nine races at the Maryland State Fair at Timonium.

Haskin: Viva Travers!

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:29:37 GMT
First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts.

RCI Votes Increased Multiple NSAID Penalties

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:29:03 GMT
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has voted to recommend increased penalties for the detection of multiple Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, commonly known as NSAIDs.

Australia Easy Juddmonte International Winner

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:47:06 GMT
Dual Derby winner Australia conquered older opponents with consummate ease Aug. 20 at York, winning the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) by two lengths from The Grey Gatsby.

The Jockey Club Elects Six New Members

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:40:10 GMT
The Jockey Club announced Aug. 20 it has elected six new members: Ian G. Banwell, Everett R. Dobson, Helen Groves, Roy Jackson, William Shively, and Frank Stronach.

Thoro-Graph Products Added to

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:18 GMT
Thoro-Graph and Equibase Company announced Aug. 20 that the Thoro-Graph sheets and Thoro-Quick are now available on

Understanding the Biomechanics of Lameness

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 GMT
Equine locomotion seems like a sophisticated thing. All those delicate bones, joints, tendons, and muscles must move in tandem to propel the horse's large body forward at varying speeds.

Shared Belief Looking to Retain His Throne

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:54:29 GMT
Shared Belief, last year's 2-year-old champion male, takes on older horses in the 1 1/4-mile TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 24 at Del Mar.

Champion English Channel Relocates to Calumet

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:41:18 GMT
Turf champion English Channel has relocated to Calumet Farm near Lexington for the 2015 season.

Big Three Clash in Rich Travers Stakes

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:28:16 GMT
On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.

Storm and a Half to Stand in Iowa

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:14:54 GMT
Storm and a Half, sire of grade I winner Downthedustyroad, has been acquired to stand at Wade Feuring's Rockin River Ranch in Winterset, Iowa.

Consignors Provide Keeneland Showing Schedule

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:19:19 GMT
The Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association has polled its members for their showing schedule for horses cataloged in Book One of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Unbeaten Taghrooda Heads Yorkshire Oaks

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:52:24 GMT
Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Taghrooda looms large as the unbeaten favorite for the Aug. 22 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) at the prestigious Ebor-at-York Festival meeting.

Tiz Wonderful Colt Sells for OKC Sale Record

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:25:45 GMT
Carter Sales Co.'s OKC summer sale Aug. 17 enjoyed resulted in record total receipts and a rise in average price, with trading at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds led by a Tiz Wonderful yearling colt for a sale record $67,000.

New Mexico Owner/Breeder Danley Dies

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:21:45 GMT
A memorial service for Rita J. Danley, a longtime member of New Mexico's Thoroughbred community, will held Aug. 21 at in the winner's circle at Ruidoso Downs.

BC's Fravel Doused in Ice Bucket Challenge

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:18:46 GMT
Breeders' Cup Ltd. and Keeneland Association joined forces Aug. 18 for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money to fight ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or more widely called "Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Aug. 21 NTRA Legislative Briefing at Del Mar

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:14:35 GMT
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will host its next legislative briefing open to industry stakeholders and other interested parties Aug. 21 in the Del Mar Turf Club director's room.

F-T Midlantic Yearling Catalog Now Online

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:35:36 GMT
The catalog for the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale, which features 450 yearlings Sept. 29, is available to download.

Wise Dan to Make Return in Bernard Baruch

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:28:45 GMT
If all goes well, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin his road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 30.

Harness Link Featured News

Hotton Stable: more than just your average trainer

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:34:00 GMT
When or if you ever do a search for a harness racing trainer on-line, you get a slim pickings of people to check out. Mainly people seek out friends in the industry who will recommend people or you can go to a horsemen’s association and ask who they might recommend....

Winless driver Steeve Genois takes five at 3R

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:16:00 GMT
When it comes to winning races at the Hippodrome 3R this past year, harness racing driver Steeven Genois had had quite a dry spell….until Tuesday evening that is, when he cut loose to win five of the ten races on the program....

Rose Run Nash scores for 16th time in 2014

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:16:00 GMT
Last year around this time trainer Danny Gill plunked down $4000 and saved a trotter by the name of Rose Run Nash from a life of pulling an Amish buggy. Yesterday,( August 20) at Monticello Raceway Rose Run Nash defeated a field of $15,000 claimers in a time of 1:57.3 and scored his 16th victory of the season which makes him the trotter with the most wins in North America in 2014....

Bugsy Malone took today's Prix d'Antibes

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:04:00 GMT
Bugsy Malone took today's Prix d'Antibes (E52,000 purse, 2700 meters, seven starters) at Paris-Vincennes for Yohan Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire in 1.16kr. The 3/5 favorite defeated Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) and Franck Ouvrie at 28/1 with Balthazar Maza (3m Prodigious-Paloma) with Mathieu Abrivard at the lines third for trainer Sebastian Guarato, off at 18/1 odds....

Safely Kept mare keeps leaving winners

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:02:00 GMT
Harness racing can always throw up the unexpected from time to time and the Safely Kept mare Cyclone Vance would seem to fit that description beautifully....

$25,000 Pick 4 at Maywood Park Thursday

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:00 GMT
Maywood Park and the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative will offer a guaranteed Pick 4 pool of $25,000 on Thursday, August 21st thanks to the wager going unclaimed last Friday night. (Aug.15) The $1 minimum wager on the Pick 4 entails races 8 through 11 on Thursday night. ...

American Native mare breaks track record

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:50:00 GMT
COLUMBUS, MN. - Trot Fudge Sundae continued the rotation of winners of the weekly $8000 Open Trot on Wednesday night at Running Aces. ...

A thank you from the Steck Family

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:00 GMT
To Our Friends in the Harness Racing Industry,...

Buen Camino sets track record in NYSS action

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:26:00 GMT
Batavia, NY---Perfect weather and a lightning fast track provided record-breaking conditions for Buen Camino and trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and the pair did not disappoint. They were never headed in a $55,500 division of the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (Aug. 20) at Batavia Downs and rewrote history....

Breeders Crown 4 year Old Trotters Preview

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:24:00 GMT
Another preview for harness racings big day on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton and this time it is the four year old trotters that hold centre stage....

Grand Circuit champion to resume on Friday

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:06:00 GMT
The Grand Circuit champion from  the last harness racing season is set to resume at Addington Raceway on Friday night....

Skyway Priss beats the boys at Harrington

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:22:23 GMT
HARRINGTON, Del. - William Cantrell's Skyway Priss ($15.40, Ross Wolfenden) notched her fifth win in the year in Wednesday's featured trotting event, beating a conditioned group of male rivals at Harrington Raceway in 1:56....

Lilu Hnover sets stakes mark in PAS at Meadows

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:20:21 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2014 -- A five-race maiden entering the race, Lilu Hanover overpowered her field in Wednesday's $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows, winning by 9-3/4 lengths in the stake-record time of 1:55.2....

World champion pacer Life Sign passes at 24

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:16:00 GMT
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia --- Life Sign, the 1993 Little Brown Jug winner and Hall of Fame member, died at Morley Park stud near Shepparton, Victoria, Australia on Aug. 14, 2014, at the age of 24....

Breeders Crown 3 Year Old Trotters Preview

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:31:00 GMT
Harness racings big day on Sunday at Melton has drawn great fields throughout most of the divisions and the 3 year old trotters are no exception....