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

"Racing Under Saddle" Exhibition, T-Shirt Giveaway & Driver's Bicycle Race Highlight "Back to the Track" Promotion

September 30, 2014
Sunday October 5 at Colonial Downs

Nuclear Attraction Scores With a Sizzling 1:48 4/5 Mile

September 30, 2014
Sunday at Colonial Downs

Vertigo Hanover Remains Perfect at the Fall Colonial Downs Harness Meet

September 27, 2014

Always Quick Star Captures 2nd Leg of the Parkers Memorial Trot

September 25, 2014
Thursday at Colonial Downs

A Pair of Sub-1:50.0 Miles Highlight Sunday Racing at Colonial Downs

September 21, 2014
Starter Mike Wojchick Supervises Camel & Ostrich Races

Vertigo Hanover Scores 2nd Win of Opening Week Saturday at Colonial Downs

September 20, 2014

Skeet Thunder and Bellator Score Stake Series Wins Thursday at Colonial Downs as Opening Week Continues

September 18, 2014

Brad Irvine's Pacers Score Late Closer Division Wins

September 17, 2014
as Colonial Downs Opens its 17th Harness Racing Season Wednesday Afternoon

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).

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BloodHorse Featured News

Will Wise Dan Win Again in Shadwell Turf Mile

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:13:13 GMT
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps six grade I races at Keeneland, Belmont, and Santa Anita.

Wise Dan Faces Stiff Shadwell Turf Mile Test

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:05:32 GMT
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan faces the stiffest challenge of his remarkable return from colic surgery when he takes on Seek Again and Silver Max among seven rivals in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4.

Black Type On the Line in Indiana Oaks

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:20:21 GMT
The $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) has drawn a field of 11 fillies vying for grade II status going 1 1/16 miles Oct. 4.

Cup Winners Secret Circle, Goldencents Clash

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:09:35 GMT
Secret Circle and Goldencents, a pair of indomitable Breeders' Cup winners from last year, clash in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 4 at Santa Anita Park.

Bustin It Heads New York Breeders' Futurity

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:15:31 GMT
Rockville Centre Stakes winner Bustin It heads a field of nine for the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes.

Thoroughbred Makeover is Bigger, Interactive

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:08:02 GMT
A national event promoting second careers for Thoroughbreds, being held at Pimlico Oct. 3-5, will feature an interactive "American Idol"-type competition being streamed live on

Wonder Gal Seeks Rebound in Frizette Stakes

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:10:22 GMT
After a troubled third-place finish in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, Wonder Gal will try to nail down her first grade I victory in the $500,000 Frizette Stakes on Oct. 4.

Sea The Stars Filly Tops Day 2 of Orby Sale

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:47:54 GMT
The Goffs Orby Sale in Ireland concluded Oct. 1 with an 8% increase in average and a 23% median gain as another yearling brought a final price in excess of seven figures.

Champagne Stakes is Next Step for I Spent It

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:40:24 GMT
Trainer Tony Dutrow isn't sure if I Spent It will start in the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He's just focused on Saturday's $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Classy Yanks vs. Euro Invaders in Hill Prince

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:13:12 GMT
You wouldn't be out of line if you called the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4 the best grade III race of the year.

New England Horsemen Submit Dates Application

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:41:31 GMT
The New England Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association submitted an application Oct. 1 to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct a live meet at Suffolk Downs next year.

RRP Thoroughbred Makeover

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:13:03 GMT
Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover Live Stream

Better Lucky Seeks to Repeat in First Lady

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:11:16 GMT
Seven graded stakes winners will face off in the First Lady at Keeneland, with plenty of speedy fillies and mares perhaps setting the race up for a closer.

Hashtag Bourbon Tough in Breeders' Futurity

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:43:16 GMT
With a clean trip, Bourbon Lane Stable's Hashtag Bourbon will be tough to beat as part of a 12-horse field in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 4.

Atreides Gets Distance Test in Indiana Derby

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:15:16 GMT
Stonestreet Stables' Atreides, winner of his first three starts by a combined 25 3/4 lengths, will make his first start around two turns in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds the evening of Oct. 4.

Lenny's Place - Episode 2

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:03:37 GMT
Lenny Shulman and special guest Kenny Rice discuss Super Saturday races and their implications for the Breeders'Cup. Kenny is also interviewed by Lenny about his experience interviewing Steve Coburn following the Belmont.

New Meet, New Racing Surface

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:05:54 GMT
Keeneland will begin its fall meet Oct. 3 with return to dirt racing.

Marchman Returns From Short Rest in Woodford

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:48:44 GMT
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman, winner of the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland earlier this year, returns to the Lexington track for the $150,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4.

TCA Draws Balanced Field of Distaff Sprinters

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:33:49 GMT
Recent grade II winners Stonetastic and R Free Roll top a solid field of fillies and mares entered in the Oct. 4 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) that is part of Keeneland's opening weekend stakes extravaganza.

Shedding My Mask

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:23:58 GMT
Thoroughbred Charities of America Youth Essay Contest co-winner Mary Eddy writes about the life lessons learned at Old Friends at Cabin Creek.

A Great Ambassador

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:23:33 GMT
Thoroughbred Charities of America Youth Essay Contest co-winner Kayla Urbasik writes about her ex-racehorse, who became a talented show horse and good friend.

Small Foal Crops Will Challenge Racing

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:38:33 GMT
While it already has faced many hurdles, if the declining North American foal crop is not turned around soon, North American racing will require creative solutions from racetracks and horsemen or face further contraction.

Wicked Strong to Sit Out Rest of Year

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:37:09 GMT
Centennials Farms' Wicked Strong, who clipped heels in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and unseated jockey Rajiv Maragh, will not be sent to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup and will be put away for the remainder of the year.

Status Quo Dates OK'd for Illinois in 2015

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:33:39 GMT
The Illinois Racing Board has approved a 2015 racing schedule similar to this year, with questions remaining about how purses for those dates will be funded.

2015 Dates Conflict at Two Kentucky Tracks

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:21:58 GMT
A conflict over 2015 dates' requests for Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs arose Sept. 30 when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's dates committee held the first of several meetings to consider the state's calendar.

Alcibiades Kicks Off Return to Keeneland Dirt

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:17:33 GMT
Fashion Alert heads a field of 13 2-year-old fillies set for the $400,000 race Oct. 3, opening day of the fall meet, which marks the first season of a new dirt surface.

Tracks Find Human Touch Key With New Apps

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:33:15 GMT
In trying to introduce customers to new technology such as track wagering apps and web-based platforms, racetracks are finding a human touch-and a little cash -- still helps.

Keeneland Secures Seventh Simulcast Award

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:52:02 GMT
Keeneland earned its seventh Simulcast Award for production excellence Sept. 30 at the International Simulcast Conference in Delray Beach, Fla.

Added-Gaming Funds More Than Third of Purses

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:47:11 GMT
According to a Thoroughbred Racing Associations study, money from added-gaming sources now accounts for more than one-third of the purse money awarded in U.S. Thoroughbred racing.

Galileo Colt Leads Strong Goffs Orby Session

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:02:59 GMT
Irish owner, breeder, and trainer Jim Bolger's Remondstown House Stud sold the session topper on day one of the Goffs Orby yearling sale, a Galileo colt for E1.5 million ($1,894,368 in United States funds).

Harness Link Featured News

Comeback pacer's unassuming return

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:49:00 GMT
Once touted as harness racing’s next superstar, Bonavista Bay will make an unassuming racing return at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night....

Bartley all smiles after maiden win

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:36:00 GMT
There could not have been a bigger smile in Australasia – harness racing-based or not – than the one Ellen Bartley sported at Temora last night....

Shadow Play colt has big futue

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:01:00 GMT
The fields for the harness racing meeting at Addington tomorrow night are full of horses in the lower grades who are embarking on new campaigns....

Bi Polar Rose shines in Lady Lincoln final

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:35:00 GMT
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night with a pair of stakes highlighting the nine-race card. Freshmen fillies had the chance to grab their biggest payday of the year for the state-bred set as a field of nine went postward in the $90,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake while a compact field of six sophomore trotting fillies gathered in a $10,100 Betzotic Stake to start the Wednesday night action. ...

Infrontigo Hanover swoops rivals at Batavia

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:07:00 GMT
Batavia, NY---Timing is everything and driver Jim McNeight had his down to a science Wednesday night (Oct. 1) in winning the $8,500 mares Open pace feature at Batavia Downs with Infrontigo Hanover....

New faces for new meet at Pompano Park

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:46:00 GMT
The Isle Pompano Park drew its first card of the new season Wednesday and came up with ten races to kick off the start of its 51st season of harness racing on Saturday....

Two track records set at Harrington Raceway

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:44:00 GMT
HARRINGTON, Del. - Two new harness racing track records for trotters were set on the 14-race program at Harrington Raceway Wednesday, both of which were driven by Jonathan Roberts....

Anaffairtoremember wins $16,500 F&M Meadows trot

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:40:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2014 -- Anaffairtoremember made her debut at The Meadows a memorable one when she peeled off cover late, roared through the lane and captured Tuesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot....

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Week in Review

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:35:00 GMT
Both of our major award winners for this week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs come from the claiming ranks. In the past, claimers were often thought were often thought of as being a notch or two below their counterparts in condition races. That has changed at MSPD, where the claiming races often feature winning times comparable or even better than condition races with similar purses. The exploits of our two horses of the week will demonstrate the rise of the claimers as we hand out the Weekly Awards....

Wishingonadragon takes VHHA Pacing Series Finale

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:46:42 GMT
(NEW KENT, VA ---- 10/1/14) ---- Wishingonadragon came outside in the turn then passed three front steppers in deep stretch en route to a well strategized victory Wednesday in the $7,750 Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association (VHHA) Pacing Series finale at Colonial Downs....

Canola Cup could be Goulburn-bound

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:02:47 GMT
Goulburn harness racing trainer Brad Hewitt drove two Canola Cup heat winners at Eugowra last weekend and believes one of the pair will prove very hard to beat in Monday’s $20,000 Final. ...

Owner ready to see Always B Miki take on the best

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:54:20 GMT
Always B Miki and He's Watching on Saturday will appear in the same race for the first time since the Meadowlands Pace in July, and Joe Hurley is looking forward to their next round....

New Zealand Cup rankings system queried

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:15:00 GMT
The system of setting up a ranking order for the New Zealand Cup which gave all horses a pathway to gaining entry has a lot of merit....

McCarthy testing the water with Cullen

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:02:00 GMT
An interstate trip for the beginning of harness racing’s Grand Circuit is on the cards for up-and-comer Blazin N Cullen....

Bets of the week ringaround - October 1st 2014

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:28:00 GMT
Another five winners last week with Scott Phelan, Todd Mitchell, Maurice McKendry, Matt Williamson and Blair Orange doing the business while another eight selections filled a minor placing....