Colonial Downs

Welcome Olympic Games, Goodbye Virginia Horse Racing… Until Next Year

Welcome Olympic Games, Goodbye Virginia Horse Racing… Until Next Year

July 27, 2012 | Gary Quill

The Summer Games of the XXX Olympiad opened in London less than 24 hours ago. Within the next 24 ago the 16th Summer meeting at Colonial Downs will come to a close with twelve (12) exciting chase scenes. For the most part, Mother Nature cooperated with the track in New Kent, VA as only two [...]

Vacation’s Over, Time to Shift Back to Four-Legged Fillies at Colonial Downs Thursday Evening

Vacation’s Over, Time to Shift Back to Four-Legged Fillies at Colonial Downs Thursday Evening

July 19, 2012 | Gary Quill

Vacations are all the same. Whether you drive to the beach, fly to an exotic island resort or take a cruise… they are never long enough! A really good vacation is just like a good day at the track. For both you seem to spend as much time preparing and travelling to your destination than [...]

Colonial Downs Cancels Sunday Racing Card Due To Extreme Heat

Colonial Downs Cancels Sunday Racing Card Due To Extreme Heat

July 08, 2012 | Gary Quill

Due to extreme heat that is expected to remain in Virginia through the weekend, Colonial Downs has cancelled its Sunday (July 8th) card of thoroughbred horse racing. Races were scheduled for a 12:55pm EDT 1st Post. Racing will resume on Thursday, July 12th. 1st race Post Time will be 7:00pm EDT. Recapping the selections from [...]

Picks for Ten Totally Turf Chase Scenes at Colonial Downs for Saturday Night

Picks for Ten Totally Turf Chase Scenes at Colonial Downs for Saturday Night

July 07, 2012 | Gary Quill

UPDATED 6:45pm EDT, 07/07/2012: Please note selections have been altered AFTER scratches were announced. Ever have someone ask you, “Is it hot enough for ya?!” Try asking that question of someone who’s been without electricity for over a week, during the longest heat wave the East Coast has experienced in sometime. Go ahead and ask [...]

Dave Palone Makes Harness Racing History; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday July 6th.

Dave Palone Makes Harness Racing History; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday July 6th.

July 05, 2012 | Gary Quill

This blog made its debut in January 2008. Since then I’ve authored hundreds of them, all focused on thoroughbred horse racing and all but ignored harness racing. That is until now… at least just this one time. On Thursday afternoon at The Meadows harness racing track, driver Dave Palone set a North American harness racing [...]

Memories of Andy Griffith’s “Football” – Fireworks and Fast Horses at Colonial Downs on 4th of July

Memories of Andy Griffith’s “Football” – Fireworks and Fast Horses at Colonial Downs on 4th of July

July 03, 2012 | Gary Quill

Happy Independence Day! For a day that seems to revolve around what to cook on the grill, please take a moment to be thankful that our forefathers had the courage to declare this great country’s independence 236 years ago today. On July 3rd the entertainment industry lost an icon, Andy Griffith. Upon hearing of his [...]

Heat wave forces Colonial Downs and others to cancel racing on Sunday

Heat wave forces Colonial Downs and others to cancel racing on Sunday

July 01, 2012 | Gary Quill

COLONIAL DOWNS cancelled their SUNDAY afternoon card due to the power outage which hit the facility on Saturday night shortly after the running of the 4th race. As a result the remainder of the SATURDAY night card, races 5 thru 10 were cancelled. Word of today’s cancellation came Stu Slagle of the Colonial Downs racing [...]

Hansen-Gotham

Return of the Great White Hope; Colonial Downs Selections for Saturday Evening

June 30, 2012 | Gary Quill

Remember this guy (to the right)? He was billed the ‘Great White Hope” by his owner having the same name. Back in November he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in gate-to-wire fashion, stamping himself the early favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Derby. He ran in the Derby, was in contention entering the stretch, but his [...]

PopcornMovie

Top 5 Horse Racing Movies; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday Evening June 29th

June 28, 2012 | Gary Quill

The heat wave along the east coast is returning with triple digit temperatures predicted Friday thru Sunday. If you cannot get to the beach or cool off in a swimming pool, then staying home and watching an old movie might be the smartest move. In my humble opinion, here are the Top Five Horse Racing [...]

HeatWave

Hot Selections, in more ways than one, for Thursday Evening Races at Colonial Downs

June 28, 2012 | Gary Quill

The heat wave along the east coast is returning with triple digit temperatures predicted Friday thru Sunday. Thankfully, Colonial Downs runs in the evening hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It MIGHT behoove track management to consider moving the Sunday 12:55pm EDT 1st race Post to later in the day. The predicted record heat in [...]