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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.

Hillbilly Desire Captures Junior Pacing Series Leg at Colonial Downs on Wednesday

October 16, 2013
Hillbilly Desire took advantage of a perfect pocket trip and well timed move in the stretch to capture the $4,500 second leg of the Juniors Pacing Series Wednesday at Colonial Downs.

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BloodHorse Featured News

Day By Day

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:25:44 GMT
Jockey Pat Day reached the pinnacle of the sport during his 30-plus-year career, but for all his accomplishments on the racetrack, including a victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, he is best-known for his personal testimony.

Catching Up with Hansel

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:01:25 GMT
Hansel, at the ripe old age of 26, is the oldest living Preakness and Belmont winner.

Surgically Treating 'Kissing Spines' in the Standing Horse

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT
A kiss is typically synonymous with romance and affection. But when it's your horse's spine that's doing the kissing, it's also synonymous with pain and poor performance. "Kissing spines" is traditionally treated surgically under general anesthesia, which carries its own risks, ranging from the dangers of recovery to death. But t...

Tapit Colt Leads Robust OBS Second Session

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:09:33 GMT
A son of Tapit topped the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale April 22 on a bid of $725,000 from Mike Repole.

Gulfstream-Calder Deal Could Be in Works

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:01:51 GMT
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly are close to an agreement under which Gulfstream would lease Calder's racing operations and the two tracks would stop their head to head weekend racing.

Aurelia's Belle Helps Owner Realize Dream

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:13:38 GMT
It's a long way from 3 1/2-furlong races for $1,500 claimers at Shenandoah Downs to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. But Jim Miller is on track to make that journey with his 3-year-old filly Aurelia's Belle.

Kentucky Derby and Oaks Daily Updates

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:12:48 GMT
Find out the latest on the contenders for the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by reviewing these daily updates from Churchill Downs and its Derby media team.

Claiborne Farm to Sponsor Breeders' Futurity

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:11:51 GMT
The Hancock family's Claiborne Farm has become the signature sponsor of Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), to be held Saturday, Oct. 4. The purse will increase from $400,000 to $500,000.

Louisiana Puts More Pressure on Fair Grounds

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:28:07 GMT
The Louisiana State Racing Commission has scheduled a special meeting for May 1 to consider the license Churchill Downs Inc. holds to operate Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and a ring of OTB parlors with video poker.

Easy Goer vs. Sunday Silence

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:42:46 GMT
Sunday Silence and Easy Goer battled through the Triple Crown 25 years ago.

Forty Niner Son Gold Case Euthanized

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:32:42 GMT
Gold Case, a dual stakes-winning son of Forty Niner, was euthanized April 21 due to complications from a ruptured disc in his back after covering a mare. He was 20.

GI Winner Forte Dei Marmi Heads Elkhorn

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:01:26 GMT
Stella Perdomo's 7-year-old gelding Forte Dei Marmi has the distinction of being the only grade I winner in the full 14-horse field set for the April 26 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

California Chrome Boasts Strong Foundation

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:54:01 GMT
If trainer Art Sherman seems calm for a Triple Crown newcomer who figures to be saddling this year's Kentucky Derby favorite in California Chrome, some of that confidence traces to his star's racing foundation.

Euphrosyne Out of Oaks, Sweet Reason In

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:12:52 GMT
Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Euphrosyne will not be entered in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), trainer Asmussen confirmed April 22.

Slideshow: The Week in Photos for 4/22/2014

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:10:15 GMT
Hawthorne, Keeneland, Aqueduct, Australia, Japan, Charles Town Races and More.

Los Alamitos Improvement Plans Under Way

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:02:55 GMT
Los Alamitos is embarking on a series of improvements designed to help the Cypress, Calif., racetrack play a more major role in the Southern California Thoroughbred picture.

Atlantic City to Open Six-Day Turf Meet

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:58:00 GMT
Atlantic City Race Course begins its short all-turf racing season April 24 with the customary full fields in six races.

Argentine Farms Partner for Yearling Sale

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:49:56 GMT
A number of Argentina's prominent farms are partnering to present their best yearlings at public auction May 6-8 during the Argentina premier sale at Tattersalls de Palermo.

Catching Up with Go for Gin

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:42:17 GMT
23-year-old Go for Gin is the oldest living Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner based in North America.

Iowa Stallion Rule Change Called Positive

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:53:19 GMT
Iowa has removed a restriction requiring Iowa-registered stallions to be owned by in-state residents, and breeders believe the legislative change with foster growth in the program.

Fire With Fire Among Six for Last Tycoon

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:40:30 GMT
Fire With Fire, winner of the San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) March 22, will bid for a third consecutive win April 25 in an intriguing field for the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita April 25.

Hastings Opener Milestone for BC Racing

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:50:00 GMT
The opening of the 2014 Thoroughbred season at Hastings Racecourse April 27 will officially mark the 125th anniversary of racing in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Afternoon With the Regal Rosalind

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:47:37 GMT
Last Tuesday afternoon (April 15), I had the privilege of going to Keeneland and visiting Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Rosalind at trainer Kenny McPeek's barn.

Wise Dan Fires Bullet Toward Woodford Defense

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:42:53 GMT
Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who opened his 2014 campaign with a win in the April 11 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland, worked a half-mile in a bullet :47 3/5 April 22 at the Lexington track.

Weir, Lipinksi Part of Derby, Oaks Coverage

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:45:35 GMT
NBC Sports Group announced April 22 that Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi have been added to its coverage of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it was announced April 22.

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region: Giant Start

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51:20 GMT
Frost Giant is paying off for Andrew Cohen.

HOF Member Safely Kept Dies at 28

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:54:55 GMT
Hall of Fame member and champion sprinter Safely Kept was euthanized the morning of April 22 at Lyn Burleson's Burleson Farms near Midway, Ky., due to the infirmities of old age. She was 28.

What's Going On Here: Medication's Mavericks

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:28:28 GMT
Controversial on-track pharmacies being promoted by Stronach

HRRN, Yahoo! Sports Radio Reach Agreement

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:01:39 GMT
Horse Racing Radio Network announced April 22 it has reached an agreement with Yahoo! Sports Radio to carry the network's 2014 Triple Crown broadcasts on more than 70 Yahoo! Sports Radio affiliates across the U.S.

Average, Median Up at OBS on Solid First Day

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:07:18 GMT
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s marathon four-day spring sale of 2-year-olds in training hustled out of the blocks April 21 in Ocala, Fla.

Harness Link Featured News

Matt Zuccarello - Yes, Zuccarello, wins Passover Pace

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:43:00 GMT
Matt Zuccarello--yes, Zuccarello-- reined the harness racing winner of Monticello Raceway's 16th annual Passover Pace on Tuesday afternoon, April 22. He hustled his charge Winsmith Molly up to collar the pacesetter-- Sam's Fortune and driver Alan Charles-- in the final strides and walked away with the box of matzohs. ...

Can Kayla Grace go from rags to riches?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:43:00 GMT
The secret is out. Kayla Grace has quietly gone undefeated in 15 lifetime starts, racing under the radar in Michigan. ...

Supersonic Miss drawn to win $A300k APG Final

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:22:00 GMT
Top New Zealand filly Supersonic Miss has been installed as a $1.70 favourite for the $A322,000 APG 2yo Fillies Final after landing barrier one for the Group One feature at Menangle on Sunday....

Dylan Ferguson nails his biggest driving win

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:34:00 GMT
Dylan Ferguson achieved the biggest win of his career when he won the $25,000 North Island Country Cups Final at Hawera on Easter Monday....

Rattray predicts Len Smith Mile glory

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:01:00 GMT
TASMANIAN harness racing trainer-driver James Rattray is confident his stable star Beautide can end his season on a high by winning the $100,000 Len Smith Mile at Menangle on Sunday afternoon. ...

Standardbred Canada seeks summer intern

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 GMT
Do you eat, sleep and breathe harness racing? Are you an expert or advanced user on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube? Do you have ideas and opinions on how to engage people in harness racing?...

Aiken off to Coolamon for Trotters Day

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:44:17 GMT
Victoria's leading Metropolitan trainer David Aiken will take a strong team to Coolamon's all trotters day on Anzac Day as part of Harness Racing NSW's Carnival Of Cups. Aiken will have a two pronged attack in the $25,000 La Coocaracha, a feature mares event with Spidergirl and Vics Cheval both engaged. ...

Favorites wins 120,000e co-features at Vincennes

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:42:17 GMT
Billie de Montfort won tonights' Gr. II Prix Masina at Paris-Vincennes for Eric Raffin....

Ray Hall and Prima Dragon capture Weiss Finals

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:12:00 GMT
Ray Hall completed his harness racing sweep of the Bobby Weiss series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for three and four-year-old colts, stallions, and geldings on the trot by dominating in the $30,000 final on Tuesday night. ...

Keep It Real retires a winner at Hoosier Park

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:12:00 GMT
ANDERSON, Ind.-April 22, 2014 - Keep It Real made the final start of his racing career a winning one as he scored with driver Ross Leonard in the featured event, the $15,000 Polar Vortex pacing series final, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 22....

Post 3 for Foiled Again in $567,000 Levy Final

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:50:18 GMT
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 22, 2014-Foiled Again landed post position No. 3 for Yonkers Raceway's $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. ...

Allan Davis wins five again at Harrington

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:12:00 GMT
HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Winkelman's Paradise Lost ($4.20) benefited from a pocket trip to earn a narrow win in 1:54.2 in the featured $17,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway as one of five driving winners for Allan Davis....

Altmeyer hopes filly is tops in Courageous Lady

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:08:18 GMT
After watching That Woman Hanover recover from a mid-season slump and finish 2013 with three consecutive wins, trainer Dan Altmeyer is looking forward to the filly's 3-year-old campaign. ...

Outside barrier no setback for 'Quinny

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:48:17 GMT
Pacing superstar Im Themightyquinn has thrown off the effects of injuries and illness and is poised to make a triumphant return to racing by proving too fast for his eight rivals in the $21,000 Memorial Day Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night, despite the significant disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line in the 2130m feature event....

Rochester Fair lobbying for casino/harness racing

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:21:00 GMT
ROCHESTER, NH — Legislators in Concord are currently debating Senate Bill 366, which seeks to allow for the selection and operation of two casinos in New Hampshire, including the operation of video slot machines and table games....