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

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).

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.


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BloodHorse Featured News

Ricardo Beats Baze in Champions Challenge

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:23:23 GMT
Jorge Ricardo took the Sept. 18 Champions Challenge at Hipodromo Cristal in Brazil much the way he has has maintained a 38-year career resulting in more than 12,000 victories -- with a sweepingly emotional score.

Keeneland September continues steady progress

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:18:31 GMT
The Keeneland September yearling sale's 10th session saw gains in gross and average, with a steady median, while cumulative average and median on pace to end higher than last season's

Brockton Fair Invites Suffolk Downs Horsemen

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:09:48 GMT
The owners of the Brockton Fairgrounds have stepped up to offer the Thoroughbred horsemen of Massachusetts a home after Suffolk Downs came up short in its casino quest and will soon be closed.

MGC Offers Help for Displaced Suffolk Workers

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:45:29 GMT
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Sept. 18 it will offer help for soon to be unemployed Suffolk Downs workers and racing industry stakeholders, but the words rang hollow for the track's chief operating officer.

Game On Dude, Won Three Big 'Caps, Retired

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:18:46 GMT
Game On Dude, the only horse ever to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), has been retired, trainer Bob Baffert announced Sept. 18.

Wise Dan and His Quarter Horse Buddy Donnie

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:30:11 GMT
Charlie LoPresti's Quarter Horses work as lead ponies on the farm and at the racetrack while LoPresti and his wife Amy train Thoroughbreds.

Top 3-Year-Old Fillies to Battle in Cotillion

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:13:30 GMT
The grade I Cotillion Stakes, which figures to have a major impact on the 3-year-old filly championship, attracted some of the top members of the division and few interesting wild cards for its Sept. 20 renewal at Parx.

California Chrome Draws Rail in PA Derby

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:12:22 GMT
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), will break from the rail in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Parx Racing.

Oaklawn to Offer Bonuses for Lasix-Free Wins

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:01:15 GMT
Charles J. Cella, president of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, announced Sept. 18 that the Arkansas track in 2015 will offer purse bonuses for horses that run and win without furosemide (Salix or commonly called Lasix).

Jockey Club: Study Shows Lasix Not Needed

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:36:47 GMT
Jockey Club says a recent study's findings challenge long-held opinions in North American racing, including the contention that the use of the diuretic furosemide is necessary to ensure long-term careers of horses.

That Handicapping Show: Pennsylvania Derby

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:32:23 GMT
Frank Angst and Evan Hammonds handicap the talented field of the Pennsylvania Derby. California Chrome, Candy Boy, Protonico, Bayern, Tapiture and more. Who do you think is the best horse in the field?

Study Examines EIPH and Racing Performance

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:31:16 GMT
A study published online this spring found no link between the vast majority of horses who suffer from exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage and long-term racing performance.

2013 Breeding Activity Statistics Released

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:40:24 GMT
The Jockey Club announced Sept. 18 that 2,230 stallions covered 36,656 mares in North America during 2013, resulting in 21,697 live foals of 2014 being reported on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 9.

Kandaly, 1994 Louisiana Derby Winner, Dies

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:16:42 GMT
Kandaly, winner of the 1994 La. Derby (gr. III) who was scratched the day of the Kentucky Derby, died Sept. 12. The 23-year-old from the last crop of Alydar died of founder at Main Street Thoroughbreds near Lake Charles, La.

Breeders Sales Co. Expects Strong Auction

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:45:59 GMT
The Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana is expecting a strong yearling sale Sept. 23. The 2013 sale reported strong double-digit growth in average and median.

Divine Oath Needs Kent to Get Back on Track

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:35:01 GMT
Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath looks to get back on track Sept. 20 in the $150,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park, coming off a sixth-place finish in the Aug. 16 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International.

Study Compares Abdominal Bandage Pressure, Support

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMT
It's no secret that leg wraps and bandages applied to horses' lower limbs protect and support the soft tissues within. But what about the abdominal bandages veterinarians wrap around horses' bodies post-colic surgery—do they function in the same way?

Keeneland September Sale Gains Continue

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:38:53 GMT
Keeneland's September yearling sale posted more across-the-board gains Sept. 17 at its ninth session as four horses brought $200,000 or more, helping the 13-day sale remain ahead of last year on average and median prices.

Moro Tap to Double Infinity Ranch in Texas

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:11:54 GMT
Moro Tap, a graded stakes-placed son of North America's leading sire Tapit, has been retired to stud and will stand the 2015 breeding season at Double Infinity Ranch in Texas.

Somber Mood Hangs Over Suffolk Downs

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:46:27 GMT
Tough decisions lie ahead for the horsemen and workers of the Boston-area track, which is expected to shut down permanently in December.

Artemis Agrotera Heads Gallant Bloom

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:22:49 GMT
Chester and Mary Broman's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) winner Artemis Agrotera will face five rivals as she looks to continue her winning ways in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.

Miss Behaviour Targets Charles Town Oaks

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:12:11 GMT
After three straight runner-up finishes in graded stakes races, grade II winner Miss Behaviour will try to get untracked Saturday, Sept. 20, when she's expected to face nine other 3-year-old fillies in Charles Town Oaks.

Fair Grounds to Withhold Millions from Purses

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:41:18 GMT
Citing pending litigation from Louisiana Quarter Horse owners, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced Sept. 17 that it will withhold $2.7 million in purse supplements at the upcoming meet.

Lenny's Place - Episode 1

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:19:01 GMT
Welcome to Lenny's Place! In this episode Lenny catches up with Moreno's trainer Eric Guillot. Lenny also shares a few thoughts on expanding the Saratoga race meet, includes a top 5 list, and looks at the Breeders' Cup.

Top Stallion Street Cry Dead at Age 16

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:41:48 GMT
Street Cry, Darley's leading sire whose progeny included Zenyatta and classic winner Street Sense, has been euthanized after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. The son of Machiavellian was 16.

HRRN Programming on New SiriusXM Channels

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:07:24 GMT
The Horse Racing Radio Network has announced its programming will now be heard on new SiriusXM channels beginning this week.

Keeneland September Sale Sees More Gains

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:23:40 GMT
Seven yearlings brought $200,000 or more Sept. 16 at the Keeneland September sale's eighth session as the first week's momentum seemed to carry over into the later market.

California Chrome Arrives at Parx Racing

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:15:07 GMT
Dual classic winner California Chrome arrived on the backstretch at Parx Racing Sept. 16 ahead of his bid in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20.

No Dice for Massachusetts Racing, Breeding

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:54:16 GMT
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said no dice to the state's Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry when it cast a preliminary 3-1 vote Sept. 16 in favor of awarding the sole Boston area casino license to Wynn Resorts.

Is California Chrome Vulnerable in PA Derby?

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:33:01 GMT
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), Cotillion Stakes (gr. I), and Gallant Bob Stakes (gr. III).


Harness Link Featured News

Inter Dominion 2015 - The Kiwi side of the story

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:51:00 GMT
A lot of harness racing traditionalists will have been smiling with the announcement earlier this week that the Inter Dominion to be held in Perth in late 2015 will be staged under the old style format of three heats and a final over a two week period....

Leading jockey out for seven years

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:30:00 GMT
The leading New Zealand jockey David Walker was today found guilty on the charges brought by the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU)...

Tassie reps selected

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:31:00 GMT
Top Tasmanian harness racing drivers Ricky Duggan and Gareth Rattray will represent Tasmania in the inaugural Australian Driving Championship....

OSS action Friday and Saturday at Mohawk

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:11:00 GMT
The best performers in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots this year, pacers and trotters, colts and fillies, will be on display at Mohawk Racetrack Friday and Saturday night....

Arodasi rallies in the stretch at Vernon Downs

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:14:00 GMT
Arodasi (Western Terror-Do Me Justice) rallied in the stretch to score a victory in the feature $10,000 Open Preferred Pace at Vernon Downs on Thursday night. Park N Orchard (Claude Huckabone III) actually stormed to the lead when the gate opened and dictated the pace of 28 seconds for the quarter, 56 seconds for the half, and 1:24.1 for three-quarters. ...

Limelight Beach wins $600,000 Little Brown Jug

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:50:00 GMT
With smart and calculated drives by Yannick Gingras, Limelight Beach won the prestigious Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio Thursday in straight heats....

3 year olds stepping out at Methven

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:43:00 GMT
The first harness racing meeting for the new season at Methven comes up for decision on Sunday and as per usual for this time of year it sees the emergence of a lot of spring 3 year olds....

$25,000 Green Acres final to Broken Record

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:14:00 GMT
MANALAPAN, NJ - September 18, 2014 - Broken Record held on for a length and three-quarter victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres Final, the first of two non-wagering races on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway....

Classic Martine wires field in Ms Versatility

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:09:00 GMT
Classic Martine and driver Tim Tetrick faced four other world champions and went right to the lead and never looked back en route to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $121,000 final of the Ms Versatility for older trotting mares....

Skeet Thunder & Bellator are Colonial Downs winners

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:00:20 GMT
(NEW KENT, VA)---Skeet Thunder extended a string of consistent starts by capturing the $3,500 first leg of The Parkers Memorial Trotting Series Thursday afternoon at Colonial Downs as the 17th harness season entered day number two....

Sumatra grinds it out in Old Oaken Bucket

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:49:00 GMT
Without ever seeing the “rail” and parked out first-over the entire mile, Sumatra was able to grind it out for driver Brian Sears in capturing the $118,300 Old Oaken Bucket Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio....

Flashback Friday....squaregaiting superstar

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:02:00 GMT
FOLLOWING on from last week’s column launch, Harnesslink presents another ‘Flashback Friday’, written by multiple award-winning journalist PAUL COURTS. If you have any past champions or magical moments you’d like to relive, contact Paul who will be glad to hear from you…enjoy!...

$25,000 Sunshine Stakes at Sunshine Meadows Saturday

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:14:00 GMT
The second leg of the Florida Sunshine Stakes with more than $25,000 in purses, will take place Saturday at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach. There is free admission and parking....

Post-positions drawn for 3R’s $200,000 Prix D’Ete

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:36:21 GMT
Eight of the top four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R and their connections learned today what post-positions they have....

Don Richards to be honored at Cumberland Fair

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:19:00 GMT
by Ben McCanna for The Forcaster ...