Horse racing returns to Colonial Downs on July 19

horse racing blinkersLive horse racing at Colonial Downs plans to kickoff on July 19 in New Kent.

Thoroughbred horses and trainers from around the country will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for seven weeks beginning July 19 and concluded at Sept. 1. Post time each day will be 1:45 p.m.

Highlights for the coming season include daily purses of $500,000, opening week kick off with $400,000 in Virginia Bred and restricted stakes races, and more than $1.2 million in stakes during the closing weekend that will be highlighted by the Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks premier races on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Premium tickets go on sale on Mar. 15. General admission and parking remain free. For more information and the full racing schedule, visit

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