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Revitalized Colonial Downs Takes Turn in Spotlight

The following article appeared on bloodhorse.com August 2 and was written by Frank Angst. It’s not Saratoga Race Course or Del Mar, but in a crowded summer racing schedule Colonial Downs most assuredly is making some noise thanks to purses boosted by historical horse racing, a well-tailored schedule, and a continued emphasis on turf racing. This is the fourth year … Continue reading Revitalized Colonial Downs Takes Turn in Spotlight

Iowa Derby Runner-Up Conagher Wires Field in $100,000 Housebuster Monday at Colonial Downs 

(NEW KENT, VA — 8/1/2022) — Patricia’s Hope, LLC and Mark Farrar’s Conagher, who broke his maiden one year ago at Colonial Downs, went gate-to-wire in his New Kent return Monday in the featured $100,000 Housebuster Overnight Handicap. A field of six three-year-olds competed seven furlongs over the 1 1/4 miles dirt oval. With the … Continue reading Iowa Derby Runner-Up Conagher Wires Field in $100,000 Housebuster Monday at Colonial Downs 

Rider Rosario Montanez Pushes On, Enjoying Success at Colonial Downs After a Spate of Injuries

The following appeared at Richmond.com and was written by Wayne Epps. Rosario Montanez had never cried after a race. The 31-year-old jockey from Oceanside, Calif., has a passion for horse racing that oozes out of him. Riding is a sport he feels he was born to do. Yet in a career that has spanned a … Continue reading Rider Rosario Montanez Pushes On, Enjoying Success at Colonial Downs After a Spate of Injuries

Colonial Downs, Monmouth to Launch 50-Cent, Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick-4 Wager on August 1

Monmouth Park will partner with Colonial Downs over the next six Mondays to offer a Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick 4, a 50-cent wager that will link two races from both tracks, it was announced today. Monmouth Park is adding Monday racing starting with an Aug. 1 card and will be on a four-day Friday through Monday racing … Continue reading Colonial Downs, Monmouth to Launch 50-Cent, Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick-4 Wager on August 1

J. Sargeant Reynolds Jr. – Take Racing to the Finish Line; A Thriving Business

The following appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch July 31, 2022 as an Opinion article written by former Virginia Racing Commissioner, J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr. I remember the morning of Aug. 8, 2019, like it was yesterday. Colonial Downs had been closed for six years and this was the day horse racing returned to the … Continue reading J. Sargeant Reynolds Jr. – Take Racing to the Finish Line; A Thriving Business

Red Knight Rebounds From 11-Month Layoff to Win the $150,000 Colonial Cup Wednesday in New Kent

(NEW KENT, VA — 7/27/2022) —- Trinity Farm’s Red Knight returned from an 11-month layoff to score his ninth lifetime win Wednesday in the inaugural $150,000 Colonial Cup turf test at Colonial Downs. The stakes attracted a field of eleven that battled 1 1/2 miles over the Secretariat Turf Course and was the first stakes … Continue reading Red Knight Rebounds From 11-Month Layoff to Win the $150,000 Colonial Cup Wednesday in New Kent

Wednesday’s $150,000 Colonial Cup Stakes at Colonial Downs to Feature Field of 11 at 1 1/2 Turf Miles

(NEW KENT, VA — 7/25/2022) —- The inaugural running of the $150,000 Colonial Cup, scheduled at 1 1/2 turf miles with an 11-horse field, will highlight Wednesday (July 27) racing action at Colonial Downs.  The stakes originally was slated to be held Monday (July 25), but racing was cancelled due to anticipated high temperatures and … Continue reading Wednesday’s $150,000 Colonial Cup Stakes at Colonial Downs to Feature Field of 11 at 1 1/2 Turf Miles

Colonial Downs Cancels Racing on Monday July 25 Due to Predicted High Temps & Heat Indexes  

(NEW KENT, VA — 7/22/2022) —- The safety of our equine and human athletes is always a top priority at Colonial Downs. With excessive temperatures and heat indexes predicted, live racing on Monday July 25 has been cancelled.  Monday’s featured stakes —- the $150,000 Colonial Cup at 1 1/2 turf miles —- will now be … Continue reading Colonial Downs Cancels Racing on Monday July 25 Due to Predicted High Temps & Heat Indexes  

Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad to Receive Donation from Virginia Equine Alliance

The Richmond Police Mounted Unit, formed in 1894,  is one of the oldest, continuous mounted units in the country. The equine squad has multiple functions which include a daily patrol throughout the entire city of Richmond, crowd control during major events, occasional search/rescue operations, and to build positive community relations. Due to the mounted officer’s … Continue reading Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad to Receive Donation from Virginia Equine Alliance

Trainer Michelle Lovell Has Morning Line Favorites in Van Clief and Andy Guest Stakes Monday at Colonial 

(NEW KENT, VA —-7/14/2022) —- Two of the classier horses from trainer Michelle Lovell’s stable have each earned morning line favoritism in a pair of $150,000 open turf sprints this Monday, July 18 at Colonial Downs. Just Might, who will become a million-dollar earner with a win in the Van Clief Stakes, is 8-5 in the … Continue reading Trainer Michelle Lovell Has Morning Line Favorites in Van Clief and Andy Guest Stakes Monday at Colonial