Davy Jones, a Thoroughbred owner and former teen idol from the 1960's television classic "The Monkees," is the official spokesman for Colonial Downs in Virginia this season.
Jones, who will have horses based at the New Kent County, Va., racetrack, recently completed a series of television and radio spots for in preparation for the Thoroughbred season opener June 21. Jones, who still tours and performs old favorites and new material on the concert stage, will be at Colonial Downs for "Stars of the Monkees" on July 12, eve of the $500,000 Virginia Derby.
Jones rides both flat and jump races as an amateur as often as possible. He was in attendance Aug. 4, 2001, when his horse Maternity Leave captured a steeplechase event at Colonial Downs. Jones said he plans to stable several horses at the Virginia track during the five-week Thoroughbred meet.
"One of my main goals (as spokesman) is to encourage families to enjoy an afternoon at the races," Jones said. "With today's busy lifestyle, families seem to spend less and less time together. A day here at Colonial Downs, or any track for that matter, is a great family alternative. It's inexpensive, safe, and fun."
The Colonial meet will extend through July 23, with racing Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1 p.m. EDT, and Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. There will be special holiday programs on July 4-5.