Keyword: Colonial Downs

  • Colonial Gets OK for OTB Parlor Near Roanoke

    Colonial Downs in Virginia is looking at four sites for an off-track betting parlor in Vinton, where voters on Nov. 4 approved a referendum by only 20 votes, the Roanoke <i>Times</i> reported.

  • Colonial Ready to Serve as Horse Evacuation Center

    With Hurricane Isabel poised to hit land late in the week of Sept. 15, Colonial Downs in Virginia has once again opened its barns to area horses that may have to seek safety from the storm.

  • Push for OTB Expansion Underway in Virginia

    Signatures are being gathered in the town of Vinton, Virginia to place a referendum on the November ballot for what could be Virginia's first off-track betting center outside of southeastern Virginia.

  • Handle Up Across the Board at Colonial

    Colonial Downs near New Kent, Va., ended its seventh Thoroughbred meet with records in total handle, on-track handle, and daily average total handle.

  • Wet, Wild Finish to Colonial Downs Meet

    Colonial Downs concluded its seventh annual Thoroughbred meet with a wet and wild closing day card which saw the final two races of the meet canceled by a torrential thunderstorm and pyrotechnic lightning display.

  • Dress To Thrill Tops All Along Field

    Grade I winner Dress To Thrill will take on 10 rivals in the $200,000 All Along Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs on Saturday at Colonial Downs.

  • Senor Swinger, tops field for Virginia Derby.

    Senor Swinger Tops Virginia Derby Field

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger, who won the Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs by a widening 5 ½ lengths, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs. The race for 3-year-olds is at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

  • Two Track Records in One Day at Colonial

    The first day of July brought two new track records to Colonial Downs near New Kent, Va. After a sprinkler malfunctioned, all nine of the Tuesday's scheduled races were run on the main track.

  • OTB Expansion, Account Wagering Set in Virginia

    Racing fans in Virginia probably will have more outlets at which to place wagers in the coming months. New off-track betting parlors and account wagering are expected to increase handle in Virginia, and ultimately lead to more racing days at Colonial Downs.

  • Colonial Downs Opens With Full Fields

    Full fields are expected when Colonial Downs opens its doors Friday. Colonial's 30-day meet runs through July 22nd on a Friday through Tuesday schedule with 1 p.m. post times on Saturday and Sunday and 5 p.m. post during the week. There is a special Thursday card on July 3.

  • Triple Crown Contenders Among Virginia Derby Noms

    Several Triple Crown contenders are among the nominees for the $500,000 Virginia Derby, centerpiece of the upcoming meet at Colonial Downs. The turf event is scheduled for July 12.

  • Author Signing Day at Colonial Downs

    Colonial Downs will host "Race into Reading," a book-signing session on June 15. Six authors will be at the track to autograph copies of their latest titles.

  • Secretariat Plates, Commission Powers Bill Topics

    A bill that would issue Secretariat License Plates has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly. Proceeds from the plates would go to the development of the Secretariat Museum at Meadow Farm in Doswell, the place of Secretariat's birth.

  • Virginia: Contract Signed, Turf Festival Planned

    The Virginia Racing Commission Jan. 15 approved a five-year deal between the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Colonial Downs, and also heard of plans for a $2-million turf festival in the state.

  • Magna Gets Approval to Operate Colonial Downs

    The Virginia Racing Commission approved Wednesday an application that allows Maryland Racing Inc. to acquire a majority interest of the Colonial Downs operator's license. Maryland Racing is owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. With the approval, Magna Entertainment's purchase of Laurel Park and Pimlico can be finalized.

  • Maryland Racing Dates Approved

    The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2003 racing schedule at its monthly meeting. Live racing will be conducted on 220 days at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park next year. The 128th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is May 17 at Pimlico.

  • In Virginia, Five Days Makes a Big Difference

    The Virginia Racing Commission has withheld approval of Colonial Downs' request for 2003 racing dates because it does not keep with a three-year plan prepared by the commission and the racetrack in 2001.

  • Virginia Derby Purse Boost Attracts Top Trainers

    It's nothing new: put up the money and they will show up to run. Colonial Downs has done that, raising the purse for Saturday's Virginia Derby to $500,000, which attracted the attention of such trainers as Bill Mott and Neil Drysdale.

  • Trio of Late Nominations Add to Virginia Derby Field

    The late nominations of Orchard Park, Flying Dash, and Van Minister has increased the potential quality of the $500,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs. The 1 1/4-mile turf race will be contested July 13.

  • Colonial Downs Expects Plenty of Horses for Meet

    With a little more than a week remaining until the start of the 2002 Thoroughbred meet, and stall assignments nearly completed, the Colonial Downs racing office is expecting more than 90 trainers to stable horses at the New Kent County, Va., racetrack.

  • Medaglia d'Oro Tops Virginia Derby Nominations

    Medaglia d'Oro heads a group of 57 early nominees for the fifth running of the $500,000 Virginia Derby, which will be contested at 1 1/4 miles over Colonial Downs' Secretariat Turf Course on July 13.

  • Hey, Hey, He's the Spokesman for Colonial Downs

    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.

  • Here and There

    Miscellaneous news from around the racing industry

  • Virginia Derby Purse Hike Approved By Panel

    The Virginia Racing Commission has approved a request that would allow Colonial Downs to become a guarantor of the debt of its parent company, Gameco. The proposal is part of a long-range plan that increases the purse of the Virginia Derby to $500,000 for at least three years.

  • Colonial Downs Sets Summer Meet

    Dates for the sixth annual Thoroughbred meet at Virginia's Colonial Downs have been confirmed, and for the second straight season racing will occur in the summer months.

  • Virginia Racing Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

    Broad-based legislation on racing issues passed the House of Delegates General Laws Committee Feb. 28 after two sets of amendments were discussed. The bill patroned by Sen. Kenneth Stolle passed with a 16-3 vote late in the afternoon.

  • Colonial Downs, Virginia Horsemen Have Contract

    The Virginia Racing Commission on Feb. 20 approved a contract between Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and also discussed a decline in handle at off-track wagering facilities in the state.

  • Virginia Pari-Mutuel Bill Clears Senate Committee

    Broad legislation that removes impediments to the pari-mutuel industry cleared a Senate committee by a 7-1 vote Jan. 23. Introduced by Sen. Kenneth Stolle, the bill delegates regulatory control of racing dates, provisional licensing, and account wagering to the Virginia Racing Commission.

  • Colonial Downs Shareholders Approve Privatization

    Colonial Downs reported to the Virginia Racing Commission on Wednesday that the plan to privatize Colonial Downs was approved Jan. 10 by shareholders of the company that owns the Virginia track and its off-track betting facilities.

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    Virginia Racing Has Legislative Wish List

    The Virginia Racing Commission may take a more active role in regulating horse racing if the recommendations of a blue-ribbon committee are implemented. The panel suggests a need for more off-track wagering facilities, elimination of a law that mandates 150 live racing dates by 2006, and addition of account wagering.

  • Virginia Plan Irks Maryland Commissioner

    At the Aug. 30 Maryland Racing Commission meeting at Ocean Downs, commissioner Terry Saxon erupted in anger over a letter from Colonial Downs president Ian Stewart in regard to the Virginia track's plan to apply for another summer meet next year.

  • Colonial Downs: More Summer Racing Planned for 2002

    Fresh off a successful 2001 summer meet at Colonial Downs, members of the Virginia Racing Task Force are looking forward to the 2002 Thoroughbred meet. They told the Virginia Racing Commission Wednesday they hope to race again in the summer.

  • Colonial Downs Figures Up

    Colonial Downs showed increases in attendance and handle for its first ever summer Thoroughbred meet that ended Tuesday.