Strawberry Hill is almost here: The 79th Running — Saturday, May 21 – Gather your friends for a day of Steeplechase Horseracing excitement at the 79th running of the Strawberry Hill Races on a new date, May 21st at Colonial Downs!

Enjoy betting on the Strawberry Hill steeplechase races for the first time ever! Also enjoy Simulcast Wagering on the Preakness Race Card as well as other races across the United States. Reserve a Rail Space to Host a Party with your Friends or reserve a table for two or four people in the exclusive Jockey Club.

This year’s Race Theme is Super 70’s Secretariat, a tribute to the fashion, mindset, and cool kitschy style of the early 70s horseracing legend, Secretariat. Click here to visit the Strawberry Hill website

Please note Colonial Downs will be simulcasting the Preakness Race Card. However, to get into the building you must purchase a ticket for Strawberry Hill available here. Colonial Downs will not be accepting walk-ins for Preakness/simulcasting only.

LIVE AT FIVE SPECIAL OFFERS – Saving you money on your favorite Colonial Downs Events
As the 2011 Colonial Downs Thoroughbred meet comes closer, the buzz of 5 PM post times and evening racing is building excitement.

In recognition of the new post times Colonial Downs is offering a “Live at 5” special offer every Wednesday. The offer will last 24 hours until 5 AM the next day. A new offer will be released until at least Wednesday, June 1.

Check back on Wednesday, May 18 for the next Colonial Downs offer!

COLONIAL DOWNS OPENING WEEKENDSaturday, June 11 — 25 Cent Night, Fan Appreciation Night & Belmont Stakes Day.

We’re rewarding our fans early in the season with 25 cent specials including general admission, race programs, hot dogs, soft drinks & bags of chips! First live post is 5 PM but come early to play the Belmont card all afternoon – the Belmont Stakes itself will go to post after 6 PM!
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Sunday, June 12 — $16 Family ‘n Friends 4-Pack Special & The Zooperstars Appearance
Download a 4-Pack coupon and present that with $16 to receive 4 admissions, programs, tip sheets, hot dogs & soft drinks, and a special gift! Everyone’s family favorite oversized creatures — The Zooperstars — will perform between races all afternoon!
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Click here to download your $16 Family ‘n Friends 4-Pack Coupon

BEHIND THE SCENES AT COLONIAL DOWNS TOUR – Now available. Call now to book your tour of Colonial Downs’ most exclusive areas including the barns (meet some of our horses and trainers), the starting gate (stand near gate as horses burst out to race), the paddock (see the jockeys up close before the race) and the winner’s circle (for a post race photo win presentation).

ADMISSION TO “Top O’ the Tote” INFIELD PARTY! –Colonial Downs is now booking tours for specific weekend dates. Please visit the link below for dates, details and contact information. Click here for more info

OTB HANDICAPPING CONTEST – Play a free unique contest every Saturday this spring at Colonial Downs OTBs in Richmond, Hampton, Chesapeake, Alberta, Martinsville and Vinton. Simply stop by one of these locations before 4:40 PM on Saturday and get your free entry.

You’ll be asked to select horses from Belmonts 8th, 9th & 10th races. If you hit all three, you’ll take home the jackpot. The Richmond Broad St. jackpot is at $1,800 this week!  Click here for more info