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Foxfield Steeplechase Meet Entries for Sunday October 4 in Charlottesville

https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Foxfield-Fall-overnight.pdf The Foxfield Fall races, one of three sanctioned steeplechase meets to be held in Virginia this fall, will take place Sunday October 4 in Charottesville. The event will be held without spectators due to Covid-19, but fans can watch the action live via streaming at nationalsteeplechase.com. First race post is at 12:30 PM. Updates … Continue reading Foxfield Steeplechase Meet Entries for Sunday October 4 in Charlottesville

Former Colonial Leading Rider Sheldon Russell To Ride Excessive In Preakness

The following was written by Frank Vespe and appeared in The Racing Biz. Sheldon Russell was the leading rider at Colonial Downs in 2011 and competed at the New Kent track’s “Racing Revival” season in 2019. It hasn’t exactly been the year that jockey Sheldon Russell envisioned. The pandemic cost him – and every other … Continue reading Former Colonial Leading Rider Sheldon Russell To Ride Excessive In Preakness

Tales From The Crib: Virginia-Certified Ny Traffic To Compete in Kentucky Derby

The following was written by Kellie Reilly of Brisnet and appeared at www.kentuckyderby.com. Fans can wager the “Run for the Roses” at any Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond, New Kent, Vinton and Hampton, at any VA-Horseplay OTB in Henrico (Breaker’s Sports Grille), Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Collinsville (The Windmill OTB Sports Grill), and … Continue reading Tales From The Crib: Virginia-Certified Ny Traffic To Compete in Kentucky Derby

Old Dominion & Blue Ridge Point-to-Points Scheduled For Sept. 12, 19

OLD DOMINION HOUNDS  –POINT TO POINT – Saturday, September 12, 2020  – Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia – First Race – 12:00 pm  First Race –  AMATEUR/NOVICE RIDER HURDLE  – About 2 miles. For Four-Year-Olds and Up. Pageland Series Conditions. 160 lbs.  Maidens allowed 10 lbs. For each series win by the horse, 3 lbs. extra up to 6 lbs. over the … Continue reading Old Dominion & Blue Ridge Point-to-Points Scheduled For Sept. 12, 19

Scenes From Steeplechase Races at Colonial Downs

Colonial Downs hosted six non-betting steeplechase races during their abbreviated summer racing season. The jump events were held over two separate days prior to the respective pari-mutuel flat cards which began at 5:30 PM. Archived videos of the six are available at www.nationalsteeplechase.com. Here are some pictures from those races courtesy of Coady Photography.

British Jump Rider, Who Helped Save Family From Deadly Floodwaters, Races at Colonial Downs

The following appeared in the “Racing Post” August 10 and was written by Jack Haynes. Tom Garner rode in three steeplechase races at Colonial Downs on August 10, less than a week after he helped save the lives of a stranded family caught in floodwaters from the recent tropical storm. British jump jockey Tom Garner performed heroics … Continue reading British Jump Rider, Who Helped Save Family From Deadly Floodwaters, Races at Colonial Downs

Meet Jump Race Titan Peter Howe & His Daughter Jill Byrne, Colonial VP of Racing Operations

The following was written by Betsy Burke Parker and appeared in an e-mail newsletter to the steeplechase community. The theme is “Legends of Steeplechasing” and title is, “Jill Byrne: The story of me and my Dad & how it came to be that I am here at Colonial Downs”. A titan in a time of … Continue reading Meet Jump Race Titan Peter Howe & His Daughter Jill Byrne, Colonial VP of Racing Operations

Virginia-Bred, Sired & Restricted Nominations Set For Colonial Downs Opening Week Stakes

Virginia-bred, -sired and/or -certified horses will be spotlighted in the first three evenings of racing at Colonial Downs – Monday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 29 – with six stakes races. Three of the events are for registered Virginia bred/sired runners and three for Virginia-restricted Thoroughbreds. The opening night’s program will be highlighted by the … Continue reading Virginia-Bred, Sired & Restricted Nominations Set For Colonial Downs Opening Week Stakes