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Colonial Downs to Run 21 Race Dates in 2021 and tickets go on sale for the meet beginning July 19. General Admission remains free.

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

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.

Other 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

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