Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu put his superior speed to good use and scored an easy 7¼-length victory Saturday in the Virginia Fall Races’ $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup. Trained by Leslie Young, the Virginia Gold Cup winner never was asked for a maximum effort by jockey Jack Doyle and pulled away effortlessly from Irv … Continue reading Virginia Gold Cup Winner Andi’Amu Dominates National Sporting Library Race In Middleburg
(WOODSTOCK, VA —10/14/19) —- A pair of 1:57 1/5 winning miles were authored in both the Two-Year-Old Filly and Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Sunday at Shenandoah Downs as the $382,125 Virginia Breeder’s Championships closed out the 2019 fall season. A total of 11 Breeder’s races were on the docket including a trio in the aged divisions … Continue reading Pair of 1:57 1/5 Miles Highlight $382,125 Virginia Breeder’s Championships At Shenandoah Downs
A trio of $10,000 races, an all female drivers challenge and an Old Timers race highlighted Saturday’s “Pink Power” card of racing at Shenandoah Downs. The event served as a fundraiser for the Shenandoah Valley chapter of the American Heart Association. James Stiltner’s Shadows Mystery wired the field in the Pink Power Mares Invitational, the … Continue reading Trio Of $10,000 Races Highlight “Pink Power” Day at Shenandoah Downs
(WOODSTOCK, VA — 10/7/19) —- Ten Virginia Breeder’s prep and elimination races were contested Sunday at Shenandoah Downs in advance of closing day’s (October 13) “Day of Champions” card which features over $300,000 in combined purses. The afternoon was highlighted by a pair of $4,000 elimination races in both the freshman colt trot and colt … Continue reading Virginia Breeder’s Prep Races Highlight Fourth Weekend Of Harness Action At Shenandoah Downs; Closing Weekend Kicks Off Friday
(WOODSTOCK, VA —- 9/30/19) —- Pacers Ideal Ace, John’s Dream and R N Nate continued a three way battle in the premier racing class at Shenandoah Downs as weekend number three of harness racing wrapped up in Woodstock, Virginia. Track record holder John’s Dream (1:52 1/5) captured the initial $7,000 Open class on September 14 … Continue reading Ideal Ace Gets The Best Of John’s Dream and R N Nate In Open Handicap Pace at Shenandoah Downs
Impressive Performances by Holly Hundy in Camptown and Ferndinanda in Brookmeade NEW KENT, Va. (Sept. 7, 2019) — Fittingly, it was the Virginia-breds who were in the focus Saturday night, the closing night of the Colonial Downs season. Dubbed the “Racing Revival,” the New Kent, Va. meet was the first in the Commonwealth in six … Continue reading FIVE VIRGINIA BRED STAKES CLOSE OUT FIRST SEASON OF ‘RACING REVIVAL’ AT COLONIAL DOWNS
NEW KENT, Va. (Sept. 9, 2019) – Sparked by outstanding participation from horsemen and racing fans, Colonial Downs concluded its 2019 race meeting on Saturday night punctuated by a lucrative daily purse structure, largefields, and an emphasis on horse safety and welfare for its participants.
Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, Colonial Downs experienced aThoroughbred ‘Racing Revival’ in Virginia after a six-year hiatus.
Total handle for the meeting exceeded $17.588 million for the 144 races that were conducted from Aug. 8-Sept 7. Daily average wagering handle wasmore than $1.172 million. Over the 15-day meet, there were a total of 1,229 starters representing 17 states, coming from not just the Northeast and Midlantic regions, but also attracting horses and connections fromCalifornia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisiana and Florida competing on the renown Secretariat Turf Course and the dirt track.
Average field size for the meeting was 8.53 horses per race conducted. There were no racing or training equine fatalities from the time the barn area opened on July 25.
The meeting was highlighted in its final two weekends by the return of the$250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (G3), which was won by Calumet Farm’s English Bee, and the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks, which was captured by Godolphin’s Carnival Colors. For the finale program on Saturday evening, more than $700,000 in purses were distributed, highlighted by five $100,000 stakes for Virginia-breds.
“On behalf of all of us at Colonial Downs, we are truly proud of ouroutstanding race meeting and the overwhelming response from our participating owners, trainers and jockeys and national racing media whoembraced the return of Thoroughbred racing for our fans here in Virginia and across North America,” said Jill Byrne, Vice President of Racing Operations for Colonial Downs. “We are equally thankful for the dedication and support demonstrated by our racing department, officials and our track maintenance team, which worked long hours with great efficiency inconducting a safe and successful racing program.”
A total of $6,406,400 was distributed in total purses during the meeting, and over $1.5 million was in stakes purses.
Among sweeping improvements to the facility this year were upgrades to the racetrack, including a new irrigation system for its world-renowned Secretariat turf course, renovations to the 1 ¼-mile dirt track, stable area and paddock, receiving and test barns and dormitories and a new jockey’s room kitchen.
“The Virginia HBPA, on behalf of all the owners and trainers who participated in Colonial’s meet, is absolutely delighted with its outcome,”said Frank Petramalo, Executive Director of the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. “The purses were great, races were very competitive, and the track conditions were outstanding. We couldn’t have asked for anything better, except maybe for a few more weeks of racing.”
As an incentive for horsemen this year, Colonial Downs introduced both owner and trainer participation incentive programs. Each owner received $1000 per start for any of its horses which did not earn $1000 in that race, and each trainer received $300 for each time they started a horse. Colonial paid out $614,000 in owners incentive bonuses and $364,300 in trainer bonuses.
“We were very pleased with the way horsemen responded to our incentive program and our structural improvement to the facility,” said Allison Deluca, Colonial Downs Racing Secretary. “Establishing the highest standards in racing, coupled with a professional stabling environment for our trainers and their staffs, were our top priorities to ensure the highest quality and integrityof our product.”
This summer’s meeting drew trainers from across the country, including Shug McGaughey, Graham Motion, Wesley Ward, Jonathan Sheppard, Mike Stidham, Arnaud Delacour, Jonathan Thomas, Tom Proctor, Ferris Allen, Steve Asmussen, Dallas Stewart, Ian Wilkes, Vladimir Cerin and Bob Hess.
Stidham and Jamie Ness led all trainers with 10 wins apiece, with Ness topping the leader board in purses with $293,040.
David A. Ross’s DARRS, Inc., led the owners standings with five wins, followed by Endsley Oaks Farm with four victories.
Trevor McCarthy led all jockeys with 15 wins and $777,590 in total purses. Horacio Karamanos, Daniel Centeno and Mychel Sanchez all tied for second, each with 13 victories. Karamanos led all riders in mounts with 101.
Colonial also established a mount fee schedule with a minimum fee of $125per ride, the highest in the mid-Atlantic area.
Colonial also received national coverage from TVG on a daily basis, and from Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) on Virginial Derby night.
The track also hosted a National Horseplayer Championship (NHC)qualifying tournament on Sept. 7.
(WOODSTOCK, VA — 9/21/19) —- Daily Sports, Al-Mar Reba Babe and R N Nate all scored wins in a trio of co-featured events Saturday at Shenandoah Downs as fall continued in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. All three races had purses of $7,000. Daily Sports led the entire way in an Open Mares Pace but had to … Continue reading Trio of $7,000 Co-Features Headline Saturday Action At Shenandoah Downs
Some Fancy Beach Dominates On Opening Day Card (WOODSTOCK, VA — 9/13/19) —- Timothy Betts’ Some Fancy Beach stole the show with a dominating 13 1/2 length win Friday in Woodstock, Virginia as Shenandoah Downs opened its fourth pari-mutuel harness meet. The 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly powered to a five length margin on top at three-quarters, … Continue reading Hall of Famers John Campbell & Foiled Again Help Usher In Shenandoah Downs Fall Racing Season
Virginia’s Shenandoah Downs Kicks Off Fourth Harness Racing Season This Friday September 13; Opening Day Entries Will Be Taken On Tuesday (WOODSTOCK, VA — 9/9/19) —- Entries will be taken early this week for the first two race days at Virginia’s Shenandoah Downs as the fourth pari-mutuel harness racing season gets underway this coming … Continue reading Virginia’s Shenandoah Downs Kicks Off Fourth Harness Racing Season This Friday September 13