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NEW KENT, Va. (Sept. 9, 2019) – Sparked by outstanding participation from horsemen and fans, Colonial Downs concluded its 2019 race meeting on Saturday night.

Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, Colonial Downs experienced a Thoroughbred ‘Racing Revival’ in Virginia after a six-year hiatus.

Total handle for the meeting exceeded $17.588 million for 144 races conducted from Aug. 8-Sept 7. Daily average wagering handle was more than $1.172 million. 

Over the 15-day meet, there were a total of 1,229 starters representing 17 states, coming from the Northeast, Midlantic, California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisiana and Florida.

Racing was conducted on competing on the popular Secretariat Turf Course and dirt track. Average field size for the meeting was 8.53 horses per race. 

There were no racing or training equine fatalities from the time the barn area opened on July 25.

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