Colonial Downs Racetrack In New Kent Reopens With Great Fanfare

It’s finally official! Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent opened its doors April 23rd at 11 AM that was preceded by a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Virginia Racing Commissioner Stephanie Nixon helped usher in a new era of racing to the Commonwealth at a ribbon cutting April 23rd.

The facility features 600 Historical Horse Racing machines, live simulcast wagering from tracks around the country, four cocktail lounges, a concessions/dining area and a gift shop.

500 people were in line outside the front doors when they opened at 11 AM.

Aaron Gomes, the Colonial Downs Group’s COO, said “Today marks an enormous economic development for New Kent, the region and the entire Commonwealth that has brought together gaming enthusiasts, horse lovers and the community to experience an exciting and fun activity.”

Rosie’s in New Kent features 600 Historical Horse Racing terminals which have different themes for players to enjoy.

The revenues generated through HHR machines will enable the return of live thoroughbred horse racing to Virginia this summer. The meet will run from August 8th thru September 7th. The Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks will both be held on August 31st.

The “Call To Post” officially kicked off the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Colonial Downs Group is investing $300 million in Virginia and creating 800 jobs statewide. The next Rosie’s in Vinton will open in early May, followed by Richmond’s site in June and Hampton’s in September.

The Honorable Chris K. Peace of the Virginia House of Delegates, welcomed opening day attendees.

The Colonial Downs Rosie’s is open seven days and nights per week — until 2 AM on Sunday thru Thursday and 4 AM on Friday and Saturday.

Crowds filed in as soon as doors opened to Rosie’s at New Kent.