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Churchill Downs Completes Acquisition of Colonial Downs in New Kent, other Assets

The following appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch November 15 and was written by Jimmy Laroue The owner of the Kentucky Derby is acquiring Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent, plus all six Rosie’s Gaming Emporium locations in Virginia. Churchill Downs agreed to pay $2.75 billion for the assets of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment LLC, the company … Continue reading Churchill Downs Completes Acquisition of Colonial Downs in New Kent, other Assets

Pam Wagner Picks Up Four Wins In $699,300 VA Breeder’s’ Championship Card at Shenandoah Downs    

Local Favorite Betsy Brown Collects a First & Second  Owner Pam Wagner reached the winners circle four times from eight divisional 2- and 3-year-old title races Sunday in the $699,300 Virginia Breeders Championship Day that closed out the seventh season of pari-mutuel harness racing at Shenandoah Downs.  Wagner had wins in the afternoon’s final three … Continue reading Pam Wagner Picks Up Four Wins In $699,300 VA Breeder’s’ Championship Card at Shenandoah Downs    

Freshman Trotter Prime Hall Caviar Headlines Sunday’s $700,000 Breeder’s Card at Shenandoah Downs

Leon Harris’s Prime Hall Caviar, 6-for-6 in a promising young career, may face his biggest challenge yet as he headlines in Sunday’s (November 6) $90,600 2-Year-Old Virginia Breeder’s Colt Trot. The race is one of eight Breeder’s Championship divisional clashes for 2- and 3-year-olds scheduled in the event’s 25th edition.  The son of Armbro Dangerously sparkled … Continue reading Freshman Trotter Prime Hall Caviar Headlines Sunday’s $700,000 Breeder’s Card at Shenandoah Downs

Long Time Virginia Harness Owner, Trainer & Breeder Jan Nofsinger Passes Away   

Harness owner, trainer and breeder Jan Nofsinger of Warsaw, Virginia passed away at home on October 26, 2022 at the age of 67. She was predeceased by her parents, James Lawrence and Dorris Scott Simon. She is survived by her daughter, Olivia Nofsinger; son, Rory Nofsinger and her significant other, William (Billy) Dobyns. Jan was … Continue reading Long Time Virginia Harness Owner, Trainer & Breeder Jan Nofsinger Passes Away   

Virginia-Bred Trotter Prime Hall Caviar Still Perfect Heading Into Nov. 6 Breeder’s Championships

Leon Harris’s Prime Hall Caviar added another chapter to his promising young career by dominating a field of 2-Year-Old Colt Trotters in an $8,000 non-betting Virginia Breeder’s elimination race Sunday at Shenandoah Downs.  The 2-year-old Armed Dangerously gelding wired the field — again — in 1:59 4/5 and crossed nine lengths the best. Harris’s charge … Continue reading Virginia-Bred Trotter Prime Hall Caviar Still Perfect Heading Into Nov. 6 Breeder’s Championships

Parx Picks Colonial Downs’ Jessica Paquette to Be its New Full Time Race Caller

The following appeared in thisishorseracing.com and was written by Paul Halloran. Jessica Paquette has been the paddock show host at Colonial Downs for the last two years. Her racing/breeding knowledge and enthusiasm came across on camera as she provided insight into the next upcoming race. Colonial’s handle blossomed in 2022, averaging $2.9 million per day. … Continue reading Parx Picks Colonial Downs’ Jessica Paquette to Be its New Full Time Race Caller

Virginia Breeder’s 2-Year-Old Champs Continue Their Winning Ways at Shenandoah Downs    

Pamela Wagner’s Anthonys All In, winner of $220,116 entering last Sunday’s $8,000 Virginia Breeder’s 3-Year-Old Colt Pace elimination at Shenandoah Downs, continued his winning ways in preparation for the $650,000 “Day of Champions” card November 6.    The 3-year-old Rusty’s All In gelding surged past front stepping rival Big N Bad Brad — also owned by Wagner … Continue reading Virginia Breeder’s 2-Year-Old Champs Continue Their Winning Ways at Shenandoah Downs    

Shenandoah Downs Race Schedule Switches to Saturday & Sunday Beginning October 22   

Harness action at Shenandoah Downs switches from a Friday/Saturday racing schedule, which was conducted during the meet’s first five weeks, to a Saturday/Sunday schedule beginning this weekend. That schedule will continue for the season’s final three weeks, through November 6. Post time both days is 1:00 PM.  Fans should note the Saturday October 22 “4H/FFA … Continue reading Shenandoah Downs Race Schedule Switches to Saturday & Sunday Beginning October 22   

Shenandoah Downs to Host “Purple Power” Cancer Awareness Event on Saturday Oct. 15

(WOODSTOCK, VA —- 10/12/3022) —- Shenandoah Downs will present a “Purple Power Cancer Awareness Day” that combines fun with fundraising this Saturday October 15th at the Woodstock, Virginia harness racing half mile oval.  Two different raffles will take place to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Shenandoah Valley Chapter. A collapsible wagon filled with bottles of tasty … Continue reading Shenandoah Downs to Host “Purple Power” Cancer Awareness Event on Saturday Oct. 15