Colonial Adds Steeplechase Dates, Putting In New Dirt Surface, Continuing Barn Renovations

by | 05.22.2019 | 4:32pm

Colonial Downs is continuing preparations for its first live meet since 2013 with changes and upgrades to the racetrack facility, according to an item published by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

At Wednesday's Virginia Racing Commission meeting,The Colonial Downs Group announced the track will host two steeplechase races each Saturday during the 2019 summer meet and plans to host one single-day steeplechase festival in 2020 through a partnership with the National Steeplechase Association.

At the New Kent track, the annual burning of the turf course has been completed and the surface has come back well five weeks later. The Standardbred racing surface on the dirt course has been removed and a new cushion will be put in to re-optimize the property for Thoroughbred racing. Barn and dormitory updates continue, with about half the barns under construction.

The track's ownership also received final approval to operate historical horse racing and simulcast at the next Rosie's Gaming Emporium site, scheduled to be opened at the end of next month in South Richmond.

Live racing will return to the track Aug. 8.


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