Dates for the 2nd yearly pure-blooded racing season under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group are set for 2020. An 18-day project set over a 6 week duration will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 23 – – August 29. Post time has actually been returned 30 minutes from in 2015, to 5:30 PM (EDT). Approximately $500,000 in bag cash will be dispersed daily.
Virginia Derby Day will once again highlight the 2020 stakes schedule. The 18th running of the $250,000 Grade 3 turf stakes for three-year-olds will liquidate the fulfill on Saturday August 29. A trio of under card stakes will all return — — the$ 150,000 Virginia Oaks (3 YO fillies), $100,000 Rosie’s Stakes (2 YO, 5.5 F) and $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes (2 YO, 1 1/16 th miles). 2019 Rosie’s winner Four Wheel Drive went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, Derby winner English Bee dominated in the Parx Fall Derby, and Kitten’s Joy winner Doc Boy won the Columbia Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs March 7.
Colonial Downs has actually been contributed to the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series lineup this summertime in an occasion that will develop another high effect day. 7 taking part tracks in the series will take turns hosting a slate of 5 stakes regular monthly in between April and October. The 5 pack of $100,000 stakes at Colonial, arranged for August 15, consists of the Victory Gallop, Chesapeake and Seeking The Pearl — — which will all be on dirt — and the Da Hoss and Old Nelson which will be on lawn. In all, 35 MATCH Series stakes will be kept in 2020 with $3.75 million in bags on the line.
Virginia-Bred/Sired horses will when again be showcased on 2 different night programs — — opening night (July 23) and on the Friday of closing weekend (August 28). A 4 pack of $100,000 stakes will be performed at each occasion. The Camptown, Nellie Mae Cox, Meadow Stable and Edward P. Evans Stakes will occupy the season opener’s schedule and the Tyson Gilpin, Brookmeade, Bert Allen and Punch Line Stakes will assist begin Virginia Derby weekend.
The $100,000 Jamestown Stakes, a 5.5 furlong grass sprint for Virginia-bred/sired two-year-old colts and fillies, will finish the 9 occasion state-bred slate on August 1.
In addition to stakes rivals, graduates of the VTA’s Certified Residency program will have extra cash making chances at New Kent this summer season. In the program format, any horse that was developed and foaled beyond Virginia and invested a minimum 6 month remain at a Virginia-Certified farm or training center prior to December 31 of its two-year-old year presently gets an additional 25% bonus offer when it wins a race in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Come mid-July, the variety of Certified horses racing will be near 1,700. In an effort to assist tempt a few of those graduates back to the State where they hung around being raised, Colonial VP of Racing Jill Byrne, Racing Secretary Allison De Luca, Virginia Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Debbie Easter and Virginia HBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo haver presented a slate of twelve limited handicap races.
The limited races are open to Virginia-Bred, Sired and Certified horses and will be hung on both dirt and grass. The Racing Secretary will handicap the entrants and designate weights when elections are gotten. Limited races opt for 7 horses versus Virginia-Bred/Sired ones which choose 6.
Six various $60,000 Restricted Handicaps will be carded on the weekend of July 24-25: The Miss Oceana, William M. Backer, Quarter Path Road, Van Clief, Hansel and White Oak Farm Handicaps. 4 more, with a bag of $75,000 each, will be run the weekend of August 20-22: The Andy Guest, Newstead, Bailes and Rokeby Handicaps. Another set at $75,000 will be consisted of on closing weekend: The Hickory Tree and Keswick Stables Handicaps.
” Colonial Downs has actually broadened the stakes schedule for 2020 off an extremely effective go back to live racing in 2019,” stated Byrne. “The addition of the rewarding MATCH Series is a fantastic fit to our program and our function in the Mid Atlantic. Include Virginia Derby day and the increased chances for the Virginia-Bred and Certified program and it is a jam-packed schedule to benefit from our great grass and dirt courses throughout our 18 day fulfill.””
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