Virginia Derby

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What the Nation is saying about the Virginia Derby...

On a hot and sticky night in Virginia, Kenny McPeek’s War Dancer split foes and edged out Charming Kitten and Jack Milton to take the Virginia Derby in 2:03 and 2/5 seconds.Read More
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  • TampaBayDowns Fan · Dang!! KNEW I should've bet this race! I had WD for the win!! · 275 days ago ·
  • Capper · There were quite a few thrilling finishes Sat. night, but the VA Derby was a hell of race! · 274 days ago ·
Woah ... what on earth happened to Rydilluc? I am still not sure what to make of him, he wither shows up big, or doesn't show up at all. Glad CK got second though, he was my second favorite here.
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  • sosotricksy · Charming Kitten got second. I think you are right though Sullivan distance might be his downfall. I was hoping for better . That's alright though, hopefully he'll make up for it in his next race. · 276 days ago ·
  • Sullivan · I saw him when he ran at Keeneland, very very very muscled but he just died on the lead. It's what speed is supposed to do on turf or poly, but I really think he doesn't like more than a mile. · 276 days ago ·
Four time winner Rydilluc is the 9/5 morning line favorite and he will take on two of the other top three finishers of this year’s Penn Mile.Read More
Trainer Gary Contessa issued an upbeat bulletin on Sunday following Rydilluc’s seven-furlong turf breeze.Read More
As a new resident of the greater Richmond, VA area, I didn’t know a lot about Colonial Downs. That is until I talked to some key insiders at the track and found out how cool this summer boutique turf meet is going to be…Read More
The three-year-old son of Badge of Silver will get his first test against Grade 1 competition in Arlington Park's $500,000 Secretariat Stakes on Million Day.Read More
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  • timgsmith10 · Well take a look how silver max faired in the Holy Bull... Plus hes beaten who? Travel advisory,situational ethics,sachem spirit, cozzetti, and lucky chappy...Not quite the same as BODE,CREATIVE C,DULLAHAN,or UNION RAGS.. IMO Hes pretty good but IHA has it in the bag. · 606 days ago ·
  • timgsmith10 · Also he has yet to win a G1 · 606 days ago ·
One does it from off pace, while the other sprints right out to the early lead, but either way, you have to recognize Summer Front and Silver Max are two impressive young turf horses.Read More
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  • TimSmith · One could make a case to add Howe Great in this rivalry.. he is looking pretty consistent. · 632 days ago ·
  • likin sparks · Silver Max by far...connections of Summer Front got a little soft this past weekend · 631 days ago ·
Even faced with a surprise challenge, Silver Max kept his cool. An out-of-control longshot had overtaken Silver Max down the backstretch Saturday night in the 1 1/4-mile Virginia Derby, a development that often spells doom for a front-running type.Read More
Don't count out Two Months Rent. His father won the 1 million $ Shadwell Turf mile. His grandfather is Dynaformer, a G1 turf producer. He is overdue and ready for his first stakes victory.
  • jmac500 · sorry delete those lol I meant Finnegans Wake. · 634 days ago ·
  • Buckpasser · If they're going to start clamping down on race day Meds, it is something to know. Supposedly they're going to take a hard line on 2 yr olds with LASIx. So yes it does matter · 634 days ago ·
Silver Max will put his five-race win streak on the line Saturday night when going postward as a solid favorite in the Grade 2, $600,000 Virginia Derby, the annual showcase race at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va.Read More
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  • Mr. Thirsty · Yes he has really come into his own on the turf, but Summer Front will be there to make a race out of it along with Optimizer. · 635 days ago ·
  • gelded1 · I like Optimizer,Lucky Chappy,and Finnegans Wake for the place spot. Albarado rode Optimizerto a maiden win and a 2 nd on the grass as a 2yo on the grass so he will be aware of what Optimizer can do with him being on Silver Max. · 635 days ago ·
The mile and an eighth turf journey of the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (Grade II) was settled by the bob of 4-to-5 favorite Banned’s nose edging that of Santa Anita Derby (Grade I) winner and 4-to-1 second choice Midnight Interlude.Read More
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  • RamonDimas · this year all 3 year old horses werent that good!! · 953 days ago ·
  • Protagonist · Banned did a great job, winning the Del Mar Derby ,as did his rider Go Go Gomez. Thanks Go Go, you really made my Sunday a nice one. As I watched you win it while I was with friends at the ITW. My one friend couldn't make up his mind and asked me for advice, I told him Banned could get the job done, with You guiding himto that win.Great Job , Congrats! · 951 days ago ·
Air Support, coming from the clouds, surged past 20-1 shot Casino Host in deep stretch to capture the $600,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) by a neck over the closing Banned on the turf at Colonial Downs July 16.Ridden by Alex Solis for trainer Shug McGaughey and owner/breeder Stuart Janney III, Air Sup...Read More
Banned, an impressive winner of Churchill's American Turf (G2) and Jefferson Cup (G3), tops a field of twelve in Saturday's ten furlong Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs. Read More
Glen Hill Farm's BANNED (Kitten's Joy), a two-time graded winner on turf, tuned up for a run in the $600,000 Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs on July 16 with a sharp half-mile work over Churchill Downs' firm Matt Winn Turf Course on Thursday. The bay three-year-old, who captured the American Tu...Read More
It is not often that I choose to remember a horse so soon after his retirement, but the news that Paddy O' Prado's racing career had come to an end hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday. I had the good fortune of seeing Paddy several times in person last year, and whether the race was on turf or dir...Read More
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  • DougLogan · Sorry to see such a Great Grey , retire ...what a pleasure to see such a versatile horse · 1054 days ago ·
  • GingerSmith · He reminded me of his sire, El Prado, whom I cheered on the many times he raced at Woodbine. Enjoy your retirement, Paddy!! Your papa would be proud !!! · 1054 days ago ·
Colonial Downs will host 18 stakes races, including the 14th running of the Grade 2 Virginia Derby, during the 2011 summer thoroughbred meet which runs from June 8 – July 31. A total of $2,050,000 will be doled out in stakes purses over the eight week, 33 day season.   There are several notabl...Read More
Donegal Racing’s Paddy O'Prado, third in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has once again shown his top grass form, running again on the turf with a vengeance, taking the $600,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) over firm turf at Colonial Downs July 17. Trained by ...Read More
Paddy O’Prado is eyeing a two-for-two record at Colonial Downs, having drawn post seven for the $600,000 Virginia Derby (Gr. II) to be held on Saturday, July 17 at the New Kent oval.Read More
  • humphrey · Formful with the top three the best three. Will just depend on the odds amongst Paddy, Interactiv and Stately Victpr · 1368 days ago ·
Can Krypton do it? If you love turf racing, then this is your weekend. Graded grass races everywhere you look, so let’s hope the weather stays dry and we all have some winners. While Paddy O Prado looks like the horse to beat in the Virginia Derby, I’m going to take a long look at Krypton. I have li...Read More

Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video07/13/13Cnl71 1/4 mT03 MVirginia Derby-G2War DancerCharming Kitten Jack Milton2:03.57
View Details07/21/12Cnl91 1/4 mT03 MVirginia Derby-G2Silver MaxLucky ChappyFinnegans Wake2:04.05
View DetailsView Video07/16/11Cnl81 1/4 mT03 MVirginia Derby-G2Air SupportBannedCasino Host2:00.80
View DetailsView Video07/17/10Cnl121 1/4 mT03 MVirginia Derby-G2Paddy O'PradoInteractifKrypton2:02.58
View DetailsView Video07/18/09Cnl111 1/4 mT03 MVirginia Derby-G2Battle Of HastingsStraight StoryTake The Points2:03.29
View DetailsView Video07/19/08Cnl91 1/4 mT03 MVirginia Derby-G2Gio PontiCourt VisionSailor's Cap2:02.22
View DetailsView Video07/10/04Cnl91 1/4 mT03 MVirginia Derby-G3Kitten's JoyArtie SchillerPrince Arch2:01.22