New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 28, 2020

Positive test shuts down horse racing at Colonial Downs for season

By Community Member | August 16, 2020 6:51 pm

Horse racing at Colonial Downs has been cancelled for the remainder of the season after a jockey tested positive for COVID-19.

The result of the test brings a screeching halt to racing at the New Kent track, that was scheduled to conclude in September.

“Colonial Downs Group places the health and safety of our team, partners, and visitors as our top priority,” said the organization through a press release. “We established thorough protocols prior to the 2020 racing season to address any issues that may arise from the coronavirus pandemic.

“In making our decision, we collaborated with the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Horseman’s Benevolent Protection Association, and Virginia Racing Commission,” the group added. “We sincerely appreciate everyone’s cooperation and support. This was a difficult decision but the best one for Virginia’s racing community.”

Colonial Downs plans to reopen in 2021 for racing.