Colonial Downs
Off at Colonial Downs. Photo by Darrell Wood.

Live racing returns to Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County in July, August and September with premium tickets going on sale Monday, March 15. General admission and parking are free.

The best thoroughbred horses and trainers from around the country will run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for seven weeks from July 19 through September 1. Post time each day will be 1:45 pm. Premium tickets and full racing schedule are available at

Race meet highlights include:

  • Approximately $500,000 in daily purses and over $2.75 million in total stakes, including a robust Virginia bred and certified schedule during the meet will attract the best horses and jockeys from around the country to compete on the renowned Secretariat turf course, and second largest dirt track in North America.
  • July 19 – 21 – opening week kicks off with over $400,000 in VA bred and restricted stakes races.
  • August 30 – September 1– closing week offering over $1.2 million in stakes races highlighted by the Virginia Derby® and Virginia Oaks® premier races on Tuesday, August 31.

Colonial Downs offers a family friendly atmosphere for everyone, casual dining in the Jockey Club and upscale Turf Club dining, private suites for larger parties, outdoor clubhouse boxes, reserved grandstand seating and a hospitality tent trackside with concession fare open to everyone.

“As we enter our third year of racing, Colonial Downs looks forward to once again hosting top horses and horsemen from across the country with daily purses offered amongst the highest during the summer months ,” said Jill Byrne, Vice President of Racing Operations at Colonial Downs Group. “The past year of the pandemic has been so challenging for everyone, we can’t wait to see our wonderful fans and supporters safely enjoying the excitement of live horse racing.”                               

John Marshall, Executive Vice President of Operations at Colonial Downs Group added, “I think we are all ready to put some fun back in our lives. With a variety of ticketing and dining options as well as free general admission, Colonial Downs makes for an entertaining afternoon and evening out for everyone.”