New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | October 29, 2020

Horse racing returning to Colonial Downs on July 27

By Community Member | July 11, 2020 10:37 am

Colonial Downs has announced the return of live horse racing beginning July 27.

The new season at the track in New Kent will feature an 18-day race schedule. Races will be conducted Monday-Wednesday, with post times beginning at 5:30 p.m. The premiere race, the Virginia Derby, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Spectators will be allowed to attend the horse races under guidelines imposed by the order of Governor Ralph Northam. A maximum of 1,000 people will be allowed to spectate the race. Face coverings will be required for all attendees inside the facilities, while coverings will be highly encouraged to be worn at outdoor portions of the venue. A six-foot social distancing policy will be required.

General admission is free on a first come, first serve basis. Ticketed reservations and additional information can be found at