Virginia Derby Day at Colonial Downs

Date: September 7, 2024

The 2024 summer racing season at Colonial Downs closes out in style on Saturday September 7th with the 21st running of the New Kent County Virginia Derby which carries a purse of $500,000 this year. The country’s top 3-year-old turf horses will compete along with the sport’s best jockeys and trainers.

A stellar under card includes the $250,000 Virginia Oaks, $150,000 Colonial Cup, $125,000 Kitten’s Joys Stakes, $150,000 Da Hoss Stakes and $125,000 Exacta Systems Rosie’s Stakes.

Thirty Thou Kelvin captured the 2023 Virginia Oaks (Coady Photography)

First post is 1:30 PM and admission is free. There will also be a free Secretariat poster giveaway. Colonial Downs features two stellar racing surfaces including the Secretariat Turf Course which at 180 feet across, is the widest grass racing surface in the country.