The marquee event at the Colonial Downs is the Virginia Derby which is for three-year-olds and is a 1 and 1/4 mile long race. Each year the Virginia Derby is run on the Secretariat Turf Course. It’s run in mid-July and is a GR. II event. The Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs is not to be missed.
Colonial Downs Track Layout
Colonial Downs occupies almost 608 acres and has a 127,000 square-foot grandstand, which can seat some 10,000 horse racing fans. The seating ranges from benches to luxury accommodations.
Track History & Quick Facts
In 2004, a new stakes race debuted at the Colonial Downs. The new race was the Virginia Oaks. The Virginia Oaks is a 1 and 1/8th mile horse race for three-year-old fillies. For 2014, the purse for this stakes race is $150,000. This stakes race is run on the Secretariat Turf Course. The Virginia Oaks stakes race is one of the three stakes races that merge to form the Colonial Downs' annual "Virginia Million" day. The first Virginia Oaks race in 2004 went to William E. Backer's Art Fan. Art Fan won the 2004 Virginia Oaks race in authoritative fashion.
Colonial Downs features both Thoroughbred racing and harness racing. Horse racing fans are treated to a wide variety of stakes races throughout the season.
Colonial Downs Betting Odds
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