Steeplechase runners will compete at Colonial Downs as central Virginia's new spring racing event will kick off in April 2013, according to a track release.
The first ever Dogwood Classic will be held April 6. Colonial Downs will produce the new event and oversee all operational aspects. A number of National Steeplechase Association races are expected to take place on the Secretariat turf course and tailgating will be available on the track's dirt track.
The name "Dogwood Classic" was obtained through a contest and promoted by Cox Radio stations in Richmond. Of all potential names submitted, five were chosen by a panel and posted for online voting. Dogwood Classic received 33% of the votes while Commonwealth Spring Classic was second with 20%. The next three in order were Colonial Downs Spring Fling, Kentland Races, and Brick House Races.
"We want to kick off the inaugural Dogwood Classic with an immediate vibrancy," said Colonial Downs president Ian Stewart. "We're excited to offer this event at the beginning of the spring festival season when nice weather has arrived and everyone is ready to shake off winter and enjoy terrific racing in a great party atmosphere."
More event details and tailgating information will be available in the coming days via facebook.com/DogwoodClassic. A logo will be unveiled soon and a "launch party" is being planned for Nov. 15.