Summer Thoroughbred Racing Season at Colonial Downs

Date: July 27, 2020

The second season of Colonial Downs’ resurgence will take place from July 27 – September 2 with racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM. Virginia Derby Day is scheduled for Tuesday September 1 — with a stellar under card that includes the Virginia Oaks, Rosie’s Stakes and the Kitten’s Joy Stakes.

2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Four Wheel Drive was most impressive in his career debut at Colonial Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

At the renovated New Kent facility, horses compete over the Secretariat Turf Course — which at 180 feet across is the widest grass surface in North America — and the 1 1/4 miles long dirt oval which is the nation’s second largest (Belmont’s is 1 1/2 miles around). An average of $300,000 in purse monies will be given away daily which means the quality of competition is sure to please.

2019 Virginia Derby winner English Bee (#8, inside) won a thriller at Colonial Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

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