NEW KENT, Va. (Aug 30, 2019) – Led by two Pick 5 wagers and an All-Stakes late Pick 4, Colonial Downs is offering a tantalizing wagering menu for Saturday evening’s (Aug. 31) 10-race program, featuring the return the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (G3).
Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, Colonial Downs has experienced a racing revival for the 2019 season, and Saturday’s program will feature the return of the Virginia Derby and the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks after a six-year hiatus in the Old Dominion.
Saturday’s card will open at 5 p.m. ET with the early Pick 5 (Races 1-5), which features an industry-low 12% takeout, and a 50-cent minimum wager.
The Rosie Exacta Systems Stakes, (Race #6, 7:17 p.m. ET), for 2-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs, kicks off the late Pick 5 (Races 6-10), with a 12% takeout. The Rosie’s also launches the All-Stakes late Pick 4 (Races 6-9), with all four races on the Secretariat Turf Course. Following the Rosie’s will be the $100,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Kitten’s Joy Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby for 3-year-olds, to conclude the late Pick 4.
The 10th race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming event for fillies and mares, with 14 entered, will close out the late Pick 5.
Both the late Pick 4 and the late Pick 5 will have a 50-cent minimum wager.
Racing fans around the country can enjoy Derby Day action from Colonial Downs on TVG and via the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN). Gabby Gaudet will broadcast on site from the New Kent track for TVG this evening and on Saturday evening. HRRN will be broadcasting live at Colonial on Saturday from 8-10 AM ET with “Equine Forum,” and again from 8-9:30 p.m. on horseracingradio.net and on Sirius XM 156 with live coverage of the Virginia Derby.
Colonial Downs Wagering Menu – Saturday, August 31 (All Times Eastern)
Special Early Pick 5 (Races 1-5) (12% Takeout) (50-cent min.)
Late Pick 5 (Races 6-10) (12% takeout) (50-cent min.) include all 4 stakes*
All Stakes Late Pick 4 (Races 6-9) (50-cent min) **
Race 6 – Rosie’s 7:17 p.m.
Race 7 Kitten’s Joy 7:45 p.m.
Race 8 – Oaks 8:15 p.m.
Race 9 – Derby 9:00 p.m.
First race 5:00 p.m.; Last race 9:30 p.m.
About Colonial Downs
Colonial Downs’ bright future features the return of live thoroughbred racing and full card simulcasting with the excitement of innovative historic horse racing (HHR) gaming technology. In collaboration with the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) and Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA), Colonial Downs is set to bring competitive horse racing back to New Kent County and the Commonwealth with the re-opening of the best turf track in the country and a future network of satellite HHR facilities branded as “Rosie’s”. Colonial Downs Group is making a $300 million investment in the Commonwealth of Virginia creating 900 new jobs by the end of 2019. This effort will generate $25 million annually in state tax revenues, $17 million annually in local tax revenues and $25 million annually to Virginia’s horse industry. The project is not receiving any tax credits or government incentives.