(Edited press release)
Colonial Downs general manager Iain Woolnough April 9 announced the hiring of Tyler Picklesimer as racing secretary for its upcoming meet.
“We are delighted to add someone with Tyler’s skills,” said Woolnough. “His experience and contacts should ensure a seamless transition and help us continue the fantastic growth of the Virginia Derby and Colonial Turf Cup.”
Picklesimer is currently working as the stakes coordinator at Keeneland. He also serves as assistant racing secretary at Turfway Park and as paddock judge at Churchill Downs.
Horsemen and racing fans should expect few major changes to the Colonial program.
“Iain was happy with the staff so I don’t see any reason to upset the applecart,” Picklesimer said. “It’s worked well the last couple of years, and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I look forward to working with the horsemen in the region and building on the established live racing program and stakes program.”
Picklesimer has a broad background in the industry, having served as a steward, assistant racing secretary, paddock judge, placing judge, claims clerk, and official timer at various points over the past decade at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, and the Red Mile standardbred track.
Picklesimer will continue in his present capacity at Keeneland and Churchill through the May 3 Kentucky Derby and will be in Virginia in early May.
Colonial Downs’ 2008 Thoroughbred season opens June 9. The 45-day stand runs through Aug. 6, generally on a Friday through Tuesday schedule.
Post time is 12:55 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. on weekdays. The meet will be highlighted by the first two legs of the $5-million plus Jacobs Investments Grand Slam of Grass--the $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) June 21 and the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) July 19.