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1st Leg of Canadian Triple Crown (The Queen’s Plate) and Colonial Downs Selections for Sunday June 24th

1st Leg of Canadian Triple Crown (The Queen’s Plate) and Colonial Downs Selections for Sunday June 24th

June 24, 2012 | Gary Quill

It’s going to be a beautiful summer Sunday of horse racing. On a somewhat local level at Colonial Downs in VA (well the majority jockeys and trainers are MD based) there are nine (9) turf races scheduled. North of the border, in Toronto Canada at Woodbine race course is the Canadian version of America’s Kentucky [...]

Saturday Night Selections at Colonial Downs – Mother Nature was unkind on Friday evening

Saturday Night Selections at Colonial Downs – Mother Nature was unkind on Friday evening

June 23, 2012 | Gary Quill

The number of turf races Colonial Downs has scheduled during this meet is off the charts! The only problem is when Mother Nature does not cooperate, as was the case on Friday night. Approximately 15 minutes prior to 1st race post, a strong storm blew across the track dumping a few inches of rain onto [...]

No Gambling Expansion in Maryland for now; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday Night June 22nd

No Gambling Expansion in Maryland for now; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday Night June 22nd

June 21, 2012 | Gary Quill

A state panel considering whether to expand gambling in Maryland failed to reach a consensus Wednesday, likely ending the possibility of a special General Assembly session on the issue this summer. The panel unanimously recommended a series of sweeping changes to the state’s gambling law, but split 8-3 on the critical questions of whether to [...]

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The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Waiting; Colonial Downs Selections for Thursday Night June 21st

June 20, 2012 | Gary Quill

Folks who get involved in the sport of horse racing as an owner primarily do it to taste victory, not in hopes of making a sound investment. Horse racing isn’t referred to as “The Sport of Kings” because any Average Joe can afford the expenses that go along with owning a thoroughbred race horse. Regardless [...]

Horse Racing Memories on Father’s Day – Colonial Downs Father’s Day Selections for Sunday June 17th

Horse Racing Memories on Father’s Day – Colonial Downs Father’s Day Selections for Sunday June 17th

June 17, 2012 | Gary Quill

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s whoever introduced their sons and/or daughters to thoroughbred horse racing. Who on their only off day, usually a Saturday, to enjoy a day of solitude at the track, decided to share their passion for horse racing with their children. Many in today’s society believe that patience is not [...]

Instant Classic Race Calls; Colonial Downs Turf Cup Selections for Saturday Night June 16th

Instant Classic Race Calls; Colonial Downs Turf Cup Selections for Saturday Night June 16th

June 16, 2012 | Gary Quill

Over the years the sport of horse racing has been treated to a variety of talented men who make their living as a Race Caller. The Maryland Jockey Club is fortunate to have Dave Rodman, one of the better one’s in the country. The Pablo Picasso of race callers, Dave paints a mental masterpiece for [...]

TV Ratings for Belmont Up 12%; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday Night June 15th

TV Ratings for Belmont Up 12%; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday Night June 15th

June 15, 2012 | Gary Quill

Amazingly, the television ratings for the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes were up 12% over last year. Well, in 2011 there was no 3 year old attempting to win the Triple Crown. What you did have in the race was the Kentucky Derby winner (Animal Kingdom) versus Preakness winner (Shackleford) or at least that’s [...]

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New System announced to determine future Derby fields; Colonial Downs Selections for Thursday Night June 14th

June 14, 2012 | Gary Quill

The Road to the Kentucky Derby just received some needed maintenance. In an article in Thurday’s USAToday, Churchill Downs has adopted a new point system to determine the pecking order for the field of 20 for future Run For The Roses. Under the new system, the Churchill staff selects which races count toward points. The [...]

Union Rags Silences His Critics, Wins Belmont; Colonial Downs Selections for Sunday Afternoon June 10th

Union Rags Silences His Critics, Wins Belmont; Colonial Downs Selections for Sunday Afternoon June 10th

June 10, 2012 | Gary Quill

Congratulations to Union Rags on winning the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes. Jockey John Velazquez gambled and won as he road the rail entering the stretch, just behind Paynter who had led every step of the way. A fate would have it Paynter drifted just far enough off the rail with less than a [...]

Colonial Downs Pracing in the Dark Selections for Saturday Night

Colonial Downs Pracing in the Dark Selections for Saturday Night

June 09, 2012 | Gary Quill

Recapping selections from Friday, June 8th had 7 winners (4 Top Selections) with $2 WIN pay-offs being $4.20 (1st race), $3.20 (2nd), $10.40 (3rd), $7.80 (4th), $7.80 (5th), $9.00 (6th) and $9.40 (9th). Both the BEST BET of the Day (2 1-0-0) was strong in getting the victory from just off the early pace to [...]