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Colonial Downs

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General Information
Vice President of Racing Operations
Jill Byrne
10515 Colonial Downs Parkway
New Kent, VA 23124
Main Phone: 
(804) 966-7223
(804) 966-1565
Owner Hospitality: 
Jill Byrne
(804) 966-7223
About Us: 

Colonial Downs is Virginia’s only pari-mutuel horse racetrack, and it’s located in New Kent County at Exit 214 off I-64. 

Over 80 percent of the summer thoroughbred races are held over the Secretariat Turf Course, which at 180 feet wide, is the widest grass surface of any track in North America. The 1¼ mile dirt track is the country’s second largest, next to Belmont’s. The large dirt track enables harness horses to pace or trot a one mile distance while encountering just one turn, the only track anywhere to offer this unique configuration.

The Virginia Derby is Colonial’s annual showcase event. Annually, top three year old turf horses, along with the sport’s top jockeys and trainers compete 1¼ miles in the Virginia Derby. 

Colonial Downs resumed live racing for the 2019 season, offering 15 dates from August 8 to September 7.

Race Dates: 
2024 Race Meet
Jul 11 2024 to Sep 7 2024
Number of Race Days: 
Track Details: 
Track Surface: 
Conventional Dirt
Track Size: 
1 1/4 Mile
Track Surface: 
Turf Course
Track Size: 
1 1/8 mile