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Colonial Downs Online Handicapping Challenge to Be Held Monday July 26

Colonial Downs will be hosting its first ever online handicapping contest on Monday July 26 with several amazing prizes up for grabs that will surely appeal to horseplayers. Top three prizes include: *2 seats — including an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas — in the $3 Million National Handicapping Challenge January 20-22, 2022 at Bally’s Casino … Continue reading Colonial Downs Online Handicapping Challenge to Be Held Monday July 26

Jockey Maria Rosana Scaldaferri Wins First Race In America Wednesday at Colonial Downs

Jockey Maria Rosana Scaldaferri, a native of Pergamino, Aregentina, reached the winners circle for the first time ever in America Wednesday afternoon (July 21) in the opening week finale at Colonial Downs, which ushered in its annual summer season on Monday.  The 30-year-old rider had been winless in 27 U.S. starts until the ninth on … Continue reading Jockey Maria Rosana Scaldaferri Wins First Race In America Wednesday at Colonial Downs

Colonial Downs ’21 Season Features New Racing Schedule & Full Barn Area; Opening Day is Mon. July 19

(NEW KENT, VA — 7/16/2021) —- When Colonial Downs ushers in its summer season opener this Monday, it will do so boasting a new early week afternoon racing schedule, full barn area, robust stakes program, minimum purse distribution of $500,000 per day, and a high profile cast of trainers and jockeys — many of whom … Continue reading Colonial Downs ’21 Season Features New Racing Schedule & Full Barn Area; Opening Day is Mon. July 19

111 Horses Enter Colonial Downs’ 9-Race Opening Day Card on Monday July 19

Opening day of the third Colonial Downs racing season under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group attracted a full entry box when the draw for Monday’s (July 19) card was conducted Wednesday afternoon. A total of 111 horses are slated to compete in nine pari-mutuel races, five of which feature 14-horse fields and another with … Continue reading 111 Horses Enter Colonial Downs’ 9-Race Opening Day Card on Monday July 19

‘Failure Is Not An Option.’ Colonial Downs Prepares For a Full Season of Racing

The following appeared in The Daily Press July 6 and was written by David Macaulay. When the horses return to Colonial Downs in early July it will feel like a homecoming for Jill Byrne. The vice president of racing has always been around horses and held high-profile jobs in the racing world. She describes the … Continue reading ‘Failure Is Not An Option.’ Colonial Downs Prepares For a Full Season of Racing

Kate Tweedy, Daughter of Horse Racing’s “First Lady,” Visits the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs

(NEW KENT, VA —- 7/1/2021) —- As preparations continue for the third season of thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs under the ownership of the Colonial Downs Group, another group began initial prep work for an upcoming event at the New Kent track, and it has strong ties to Colonial’s signature racing surface — the Secretariat … Continue reading Kate Tweedy, Daughter of Horse Racing’s “First Lady,” Visits the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs

Virginia’s New Harness Residency Program Kicks Off In Style at Monticello Raceway

Virginia’s new harness Certified Residency program got off to a flying start June 22 when the first two graduates of the 2019 foal crop to make their career debuts each got to the winners circle at Monticello Raceway. KJ Hunter and KJ Unreal — both 2-year-old pacers — were best in their respective $3,900 conditioned … Continue reading Virginia’s New Harness Residency Program Kicks Off In Style at Monticello Raceway