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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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Sisterly Love Scores Doubledogdare Upset

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:05 GMT
Gary Barber's Sisterly Love became the first two-time winner of the current Keeneland spring meeting and did so at the expense of multiple grade I winner Emollient when she took home the April 18 Doubledogdare (gr. III).

Mine That Bird Still Flies in Kentucky

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:23:06 GMT
Everyone loves a longshot story and fans swapped their best memories of Mine That Bird's improbable Derby score on Friday, April 18 at Keeneland.

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Begins New Era

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:58:02 GMT
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, formerly Indiana Downs, is stepping into a new light in the horse racing industry beginning May 6 for a 120-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet.

Churchill Derby, Oaks Security Plan Released

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:26:58 GMT
Churchill Downs has released its list of security and hospitality policies and procedures for the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both gr. I) May 2-3.

NYRA Donating Trees for Anna House Fundraiser

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:28:12 GMT
The New York Racing Association is donating 45 trees -- and the space to plant them -- to the Belmont Child Care Association to help raise funds for Anna House, Belmont Park's on-track early education center.

Oaklawn Posts Double-Digit Handle Gains

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:13:31 GMT
Oaklawn Park recorded double-digit increases in total handle, average daily handle, and average daily purse distribution during the 51-day meet that ended April 12.

Samraat, Uncle Sigh Work at Belmont

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:19:10 GMT
The battling New York-breds Samraat and Uncle Sigh both turned in solid works at Belmont Park April 18, and will have one more work there before shipping to Churchill Downs.

TimeformUS Saturday Stakes Plays

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:45:33 GMT
TimeformUS Saturday Stakes Plays from Keeneland, Hawthorne, and Aqueduct

Lane's End to Sponsor Queen Elizabeth Cup

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:24:28 GMT
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm has entered into a multi-year agreement with Keeneland to become the signature sponsor of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT).

A Case for Full Siblings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:12:37 GMT
Common sense would indicate that full siblings to a good horse have a better chance of being good runners themselves than half siblings, all other factors being equal and the respective sires being of roughly equal merit.

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:58:47 GMT
Young horses are considered weanlings from the time they're separated from their mothers until one year of age. This is a critical time in the young horse's life, and nutrition plays an important part. Here are five important points to consider when feeding a weanling:

Harlan's Holiday Colt Posts Swiftest OBS Work

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:54:17 GMT
The fastest time for a quarter mile in three days of under tack previews was posted by a bay colt by Harlan's Holiday who breezed in :20 3/5 April 17 for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale at Ocala Training Center.

Strait of Mewsina Sires First Foal

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:39:03 GMT
Grade III-winning Indiana-based stallion Strait of Mewsina sired his foal when a filly was born April 17.

Daring Dancer Wins Appalachian With Key Move

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:36:22 GMT
Daring Dancer, making her first start in nearly six months, remained unbeaten with a daring 2 1/2-length triumph in the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 17 at Keeneland.

Mike Mitchell to Step Down as Head Trainer

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:47:35 GMT
The stable of leading Southern Californian conditioner Mike Mitchell will be restructured starting April 21, with his longtime assistant Philip D'Amato taking over the reins as head trainer.

European Mark Smashed Again at Tattersalls

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:36:42 GMT
Just 24 hours after a High Chaparral colt set a European record for a breeze-up sale, the high water mark was moved again when a 2-year-old War Front colt from Willie Browne's Mocklershill was sold for 1,150,000 guineas.

Ky Derby: Form, Pedigree, Speed, & Red Flags

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:34:48 GMT
Doug Salvatore profiles the form, pedigree, speed and red flags of Kentucky Derby contenders. Part 2 of 3.

Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:26:53 GMT
Anne M. Eberhardt catches up with broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady.

That Handicapping Show: Illinois Derby

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:26 GMT
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Illinois Derby and the Charles Town Classic.

NTRA Reports Positive Financial Results

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:02:31 GMT
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors on April 17 approved the association's audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding Jan. 31, 2014, which reflect net revenues of $667,477.

Slideshow: Take Charge Lady

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:55:16 GMT
Images celebrating the career of 2013 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady.

Take Charge Lady Kentucky Broodmare of Year

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:26:22 GMT
Eaton Sales' Take Charge Lady, the dam of champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge, was honored as Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at its annual awards luncheon April 17.

Interest High for Oklahoma City Summer Sale

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:26:31 GMT
Following record-breaking increases at the 2013 OKC Summer Sale, officials say they are preparing for an increase in entries for the upcoming sale set for Aug. 18 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

Quality Road's First Starter Scores Easy Win

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:19:55 GMT
Hootenanny, the first starter for freshman sire Quality Road, skipped away from the field in the stretch of Keeneland's second race April 17, scoring a 4 1/4-length win in the 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight test.

Key Owners, Trainers to Publicize Vet Records

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:02 GMT
Such records will cover the 14-day period preceding and including the day of each race and will be available on the day of the race at least two hours prior to post time. The pledges take effect immediately.

The Dude Returns to Charles Town

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:08:55 GMT
On Saturday, Game On Dude returns to Charles Town to seek another victory in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II). Will he win?

European Record At Tattersalls Craven Sale

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:06:43 GMT
A European record for a breeze-up sale was broken for the second straight year April 16 when Ross Doyle went to 800,000 guineas to secure a High Chaparral colt during the first day of the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale.

Wicked Strong Puts in Solid Breeze at Belmont

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:03:34 GMT
In his first work since winning the Wood Memorial (gr. I), Wicked Strong breezed a solid half-mile in :49.62 seconds the morning of April 17 over the Belmont Park training track.

Trommer Scores One for the Home Team

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:46:12 GMT
The home team prevailed in Keeneland's spring handicapping contest, the Grade One Gamble, as Lexington's Evan Trommer finished first with a final total of $9,170 after starting with $2,000.

Rampart Winner Gamay Noir Heads Sixty Sails

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:53:40 GMT
Gamay Noir, who snapped a five-race losing streak when she captured the Rampart Stakes (gr. III), tops a field of eight fillies and mares that will go to the post in Hawthorne's Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) April 19.

Harness Link Featured News

Watch & Wager has sweet deal at Yonkers

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:00 GMT
Watch and Wager, an ADW betting site has a unique offer that combines the Friday and Saturday night Grand Circuit races at Yonkers Raceway....

BetAmerica could be your best bet in an ADW

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:52:00 GMT
BetAmerica has been around since 2007. They were the first ADW (advance deposit wagering) site to be licensed in the state of California. BetAmerica is the largest independent ADW in that they do not own a television station or a racetrack and they are the 4th largest adw in North America. ...

Repeat winners once again in Meadows series

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:46:17 GMT
WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2014 -- Mamas Fallen Angel and Seashell Hanover each captured her second straight split in Friday's Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows, setting up a showdown in next week's championship leg of the series for 3-year-old fillies....

Krivelin & Yarock win NAADA series at Yonkers

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:36:17 GMT
The sixth and final leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association Trotting Series was presented at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday April 17 and when the non-wagering contests were finished Bobby Krivelin and Dave Yarock emerged victorious in their respective splits; Krivelin with Current Crisis in 1:59.1 and Yarock with Nowerland Nathan in 2:00.1. ...

Who Will Win It? Handicapping by Steve Wolf

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:19:00 GMT
Finally had a decent week picking some winners. We had Sly McFly pay $10.40 to win in the Dash for the “C” Note final plus a nice $34.40 exacta and then Abrokenart Hanover came through and returned $8.40 in winning his “C” note final....

A Stallion review - Shark Gesture

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:10:00 GMT
With the North American harness racing season well underway we continue with 'A Stallion Review' series. Today we have produced an in depth review for the outstanding racehorse Shark Gesture and what impact he might have as a young sire....

Buffalo Raceway's Spring Break Claiming Series

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:56:17 GMT
The Buffalo Raceway Race Office announces the 3rd claiming series of 2014, "The Spring Break". The very successful and lucrative pacing series' has been a favorite of horsemen and bettors at the Hamburg, NY oval....

Aaron Merriman continues on hot streak

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:44:17 GMT
Aaron Merriman drove six winners on Thursday (April 17) at Northfield Park. Merriman's winners included Common Creed ($14.40) in race two, Hula Lu ($6.00) in race four, Addys Secret ($10.00) in race six, Cams Van Go ($3.40) in race eight, Ride A Cowboy ($4.40) in race 10 and Mount Joy ($3.20) in race 12....

Vernon carries good momentum into second week

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:18 GMT
Strong attendance and handle numbers marked the return of racing to Vernon Downs last weekend, doing well to set the stage for the 2014 meet. ...

Fields for $100,000 WA Sales Classics

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:26:00 GMT
Qualifiers for the harness racing $100,000 Western Australian Sales Classics on the 25th of April.  ...

Favourites falter in Celias Counsel opener

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:09:00 GMT
TORONTO, April 17 - More harness racing stakes action took place Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack as sophomore trotting fillies were showcased in a pair of Celias Counsel Trotting Series divisions....

Who Will Win The Euros? Picks by Dave Sanders

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:50:00 GMT
It was a tough week in Eskilstuna, where we picked four legs and two outright winners (should have had four but I got cute) and so turned a might have been profitable week into a sour one....

Power Everywhere turns out the lights at Northfield

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:50:00 GMT
Power Everywhere captured the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (April 17) in Northfield Park's opening race. She is trained by Calvin Hollar, Northfield Park leading harness racing conditioner so far in 2014. Robin Miller drove the victory for owner Edwin Harwood of Monroe, Michigan....

Amped Up "electrifies" crowd at Saratoga Raceway

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:44:18 GMT
Amped Up (Village Jolt) lasted on the lead to pull off the mild upset in the $6,420 featured race on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway....

Ottley brings up win 100

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:30:00 GMT
Even a cold wet night at Forbury Park couldn’t put a dampener on Samantha Ottley’s 100th driving success....