Jill Byrne

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Colonial Downs and Virginia Racing History

2019-09-07T12:42:25-05:00September 7th, 2019|

Since the early 18th century when horse thieves were punished by hanging, and winning purses came in the form of shillings or saddles, the competition between fast horses has been an important part of Virginia history. Courses were often quarter mile straightaways in the countryside, horses competing in heats, their [...]

Colonial Downs Reopening

2019-03-21T09:46:26-05:00March 21st, 2019|

    Colonial Downs Reopening in August By Mary Dixon   On July 21, 2012, I drove 26 miles past Richmond, Va. to New Kent. It was Virginia Derby Day at Colonial Downs Racetrack and the parking lot was almost full. I had been interested in thoroughbred horse racing for [...]