Colonial Downs and Monmouth Park on Monday will unveil their new Mid-Atlantic Pick 4, which combines two races at each in a weekly sequence.
Colonial Downs recorded its largest-ever opening day handle Monday, topping $3 million on a day that featured four Virginia-bred stakes.
Colonial Downs always attracts an eclectic group of horsemen from around the country, this year including several previously stabled at Arlington Park.
The first horses arrived on the grounds Monday for the Colonial Downs meet, where live racing kicks off July 11.
The Virginia Racing Commission signed off on Churchill Downs’s proposed acquisition of Colonial Downs June 8.
Colonial Downs will lower the takeout on its traditional Pick 5 wager to 12% and will alter the rules so that carryovers are possible.
In their first public interview on the topic, Churchill Downs see “great opportunity” at Colonial Downs because of Virginia’s gaming-and-racing model.
Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen told the Virginia Racing Commission that he sees big opportunity for racing but may have ruffled some feathers, too.
Colonial Downs’s 27-day racing season this summer will feature 24 stakes with a combined value of $3.5 million, topped by the G3 Virginia Derby.
Some folks fret about what Churchill Downs’s purchase of Colonial Downs means for the future, but VTA head Debbie Easter expects their goals to align.
Churchill Downs will acquire Colonial Downs and its associated properties in a larger, nearly $2.5 billion deal expected to close by year’s end.
Extravagant Kid, a onetime claiming horse who went on to earn over $1.7 million, has been retired by Virginia-based owner David Ross.
The Virginia Thoroughbred Association will hold its annual stallion season auction by phone Feb. 9-10, with scores of stallions at every price range.
Correspondent Nick Hahn weighs in with his top 10 stories that mattered to Virginia racing and Colonial Downs in 2021.
Colonial Downs received Va. Racing Commission approval Wednesday to run 27 live days in 2022, up from 21 days this year.
Buoyed by more than $10 million in purses, Colonial Downs set its all-time handle record at the just-completed meet, with daily average betting of over $2.2 million.
The return of live racing to Colonial Downs after a challenging 2020 meet went better than just about anyone could have hoped.
With tweaks to its schedule and a focus on robust overnight purses, Colonial Downs is hoping to find the sweet spot in 2021.
Lofty purses and the closure of Churchill Downs’s backside are among the factors leading a number of high-end trainers to Colonial Downs this summer.