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Colonial Season Ends With Small Increases

The handle at Colonial Downs increased a bit over its 2006 mark, while a moderate summer helped boost attendance at the central Virginia track, which concluded its 11th season of racing on Aug. 7.

Colonial Finishes Wet but Successful 2004 Thoroughbred Meet

Having added four additional days of racing to its lineup in 2004, Virginia's Colonial Downs this week posted all-time total attendance and handle records, and reported a rise in the average daily on-track handle. Track officials noted slight declines from prior years in average daily attendance and in out-of state wagering figures.

Richetta Falters in Maryland Filly Championship

The $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Wednesday at Laurel Park figured to be a one horse affair, but when that one horse faltered, the door opened for Pour It On, who rallied along the rail to post a 36-1 upset score.

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.

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