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Upcoming Major Stakes Races to Watch & Wager Including the Preakness & Belmont

Late spring and early summer offer great racing opportunities for horseplayers including the final two legs of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown Series — the Preakness and Belmont Stakes — along with the opening of Colonial Downs’ 9-week summer season and the high- profile Saratoga summer meet. Fans can wager the action a number of different … Continue reading Upcoming Major Stakes Races to Watch & Wager Including the Preakness & Belmont

Former Virginia Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Glenn Petty Passes Away

We are very saddened to report that former VTA Executive Director, Glenn Petty, passed away on May 11. Mr. Petty served three separate terms as Executive Director of the VTA. He was instrumental in getting pari-mutuel legislation passed in the 1990’s and was involved in promoting many other racing & breeding initiatives. His obituary that … Continue reading Former Virginia Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Glenn Petty Passes Away

Rough Weather Doesn’t Hinder 12-Year-Old Andi’amu from Virginia Gold Cup Win

By National Steeplechase Association | May 10, 2022 By Tod Marks Weather loomed large for last weekend’s race meets, with prolonged rain and chilly temperatures, especially at the Gold Cup Races, making for challenging conditions. But, as always, the races themselves were the star of the show, with accomplished veterans and newcomers sharing the spotlight. Also finding themselves … Continue reading Rough Weather Doesn’t Hinder 12-Year-Old Andi’amu from Virginia Gold Cup Win

2022 Colonial Downs Race Meet Opens July 11 with More Than $600,000 in Daily Average Purses

Condition Books Now Available with Major Horsemen Incentives and Bonus Money Offered over Expanded 9-Week Meeting  NEW KENT, Va. (May 12, 2022) — With its much-anticipated return just under eight weeks away, the Colonial Downs Racing presented by Woodford Reserve ─ “More Racing, More Money and More Fun” ─ 2022 season promises to be the biggest … Continue reading 2022 Colonial Downs Race Meet Opens July 11 with More Than $600,000 in Daily Average Purses

New Bristol, Virginia Horse Owner Picked ’22 Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer As His Conditioner

Meet Jeff Sanders, a schoolteacher in Bristol, Virginia who bought his first thoroughbred race horse at the Keeneland Yearling Sale in 2019 for $2,000 after teaching himself about the racing business for several years. He brought his newly purchased mare, Eowyn, to Bristol where he soon realized he needed an actual trainer to find success … Continue reading New Bristol, Virginia Horse Owner Picked ’22 Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer As His Conditioner

Colonial Downs Alums Scheduled to Compete at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Weekend 

Kentucky Derby weekend is finally here! The 148th running of the country’s most popular horse race — the “Run for the Roses” — is Saturday May 7 at 6:57 PM. The action at Churchill Downs starts way before that though on both Kentucky Oaks Day (Friday May 6) and on Derby Day. First post both days … Continue reading Colonial Downs Alums Scheduled to Compete at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Weekend 

Foxfield Races Recap; Chief Justice lays Down the Law in Van Clief Memorial

By Betsy Burke Parker Trainer Cyril Murphy has found the sweet spot for Irv Naylor’s Chief Justice, he said, the right distance, the right date, the right company and the right weights. The formula landed the team an impressive score in the featured $50,000 Daniel Van Clief Memorial hurdle stakes at the Foxfield Spring Races … Continue reading Foxfield Races Recap; Chief Justice lays Down the Law in Van Clief Memorial

Zandon 3-1 Morning-Line Favorite for Saturday’s $3 Million Kentucky Derby

Watch and wager the Kentucky Derby Saturday May 7 at any VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting Center in Henrico (Breakers) and Chesapeake (Buckets), at any Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond, New Kent, Vinton, Collinsville, Hampton and Dumfries and online via TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com. Virginia Gold Cup attendees will also be able to wager the … Continue reading Zandon 3-1 Morning-Line Favorite for Saturday’s $3 Million Kentucky Derby