Live horse racing returns today to Virginia

NEW KENT, Va. (AP) — Live horse racing is returning to Virginia after a 5-year absence.

Colonial Downs, which has been dormant since 2014, is launching a 15-day race meeting beginning on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

The live racing follows an infusion of revenue from historical horse racing machines, which function like slot machines but technically base their payouts on the results of old horse races.

The Colonial Downs Group, which owns the racetrack, also operates the machines at three locations throughout the state under the name Rosie’s Gaming Emporium. In June, gamblers wagered more than $88 million at the machines. Wagering at the Colonial Downs site alone grew 10 percent from May to June.

Admission to the New Kent County racetrack, about halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg, will be free throughout the meet.

Listen to Live Horse Racing on the Road!


Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY announced Tuesday, plans to expand their extensive race coverage schedule with the debut of HRRNLive! this Wednesday.  The new show will be broadcast nationwide on XM channel 209 and feature live coverage of races from designated tracks across the country.  HRRNLive! debuts with a four hour broadcast Wednesday through Monday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. ET, with analysis, live race calls and exclusive interviews.

“TVG and HRTV provide tremendous coverage on the television side every day and HRRNLive! will fill the void for this type of coverage on the radio,” said Mike Penna, President of HRRN.  “We’ve had countless horsemen and fans tell us they wish they could listen to races when they are in their car or away from their TV.  Horse racing is a sport crying out for greater exposure and it’s extremely exciting to be working with the great team at SiriusXM to provide this coverage to listeners across the country.”

HRRN plans to host the new HRRNLive! shows on-site from Saratoga this week as the network returns to the historic track to provide live coverage of the Ballerina (G1), Travers (G1) and Personal Ensign (G1).  In addition, fans can tune-in to exclusive coverage of the Pacific Classic (G1) from Del Mar on Sunday.

HRRN’s popular weekly talk show, the Equine Forum, debuted on Sirius 93/XM 209 this past Saturday and will be carried each week as part of HRRN’s expanded offerings.  The Equine Forum airs Saturday mornings from 8:00-10:00 a.m. ET.

SiriusXM will also make all of the coverage available through their internet and smart phone applications on channel 862.

Penna, who also serves as HRRN host, will anchor the new coverage along with analysts Jude Feld (regular contributor to, Sean Clancy, Kurt Becker and Duane Amos.  More information is available on the HRRN website,

About HRRN

The Horse Racing Radio Network is the Eclipse Award winning broadcast organization, providing live radio coverage of many of the sport’s biggest races throughout the year.  In 2012, HRRN will broadcast more than 100 stakes races from racetracks across the country, and is the exclusive radio network of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and provides the national radio broadcast of the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup World Championships.