Fasig-Tipton will sponsor this year's Virginia Oaks as racing returns to Colonial Downs for the first time in six years this summer. The $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks will be run Aug. 31. Also on the card will be the $250,000 GIII Virginia Derby.
The Oaks and Derby are part of a 17-race stakes schedule worth $1.8 million. The 15-day meeting will run from Aug. 8 through Sept. 7.
“As one of the world's most respected Thoroughbred auction companies, we are very proud and excited to partner with Fasig-Tipton for our 2019 Colonial Downs race meeting,” said Jill Byrne, Colonial Downs Vice President of Racing Operations. “The timing of Fasig's Saratoga sale with the opening of our meeting later that week, and its sponsorship of the Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks begins a solid foundation to this new agreement.”
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale will be held Aug. 5 and 6 in upstate New York.
“Fasig-Tipton is pleased to be partnering with Colonial Downs to sponsor the Virginia Oaks as part of this exciting return of racing to the Richmond area,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “Our company is highly invested in the Midlantic region, and we also have deep roots in the Virginia Thoroughbred industry. This is a very natural partnership for us.”