Colonial Downs Increases Racing Season in 2022 to 27 Days; “More Racing, More Fun!” – Tickets on Sale Now

General Admission is Free

Live racing returns to Colonial Downs Racetrack® in New Kent County on July 11 through September 7. Premium tickets are now on sale while general admission and parking are free.

Top thoroughbred horses from around the country will run every Monday, Tuesday,
and Wednesday with post time at 1:45 pm. Premium tickets, full racing schedule and information are available at

75% of Colonial’s races are held over the Secretariat Turf Course (Coady Photography).

Colonial Downs Racing presented by Woodford Reserve offers a family friendly atmosphere, casual dining, private suites for larger parties, outdoor clubhouse boxes, reserved grandstand seating and a hospitality tent trackside open to everyone. Concessions are available throughout the facility and food trucks stationed on the grandstand apron. Call 804-557-5684 or inquire at to book your group’s private suite for the
perfect weekday matinée outing. Suite catering serviced by Deep Run Roadhouse.

Fans can catch the action up close from our open-air paddock and watch the horses and jockeys as they prepare to race and then head trackside to cheer their favorite horses on as they charge down the stretch.

Five different promotional giveaway days are slated this summer that feature items like a Secretariat t-shirt on opening day, a Colonial Downs water bottle on July 19, a cooling towel on August 3 and a camouflage hat on Military Day, August 16. A plush horse giveaway will highlight Family Day festivities on August 23. And for the first time in 21 years, Colonial Downs will race on Labor Day afternoon, giving families a chance to enjoy summer’s last holiday in an affordable and fun atmosphere.

Colonial’s annual burning of the turf course is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday March 22. The controlled fire burns dead cover off the grass course which enables it to grow back green and plush in plenty of time for the racing season.

The racing season is topped by the Grade 3 $300,000 Virginia Derby® for 3-year-olds which will be run on Tuesday, September 6 along with the $200,000 Virginia Oaks® for 3-year-old fillies both of which will be raced over the renowned Secretariat Turf Course named for the famous Triple Crown champion who was born in Doswell, Virginia.

Horsemen will be competing for an average of $600,000 in daily purse monies including more than $3.5 million in stakes races.

John Marshall, Executive Vice President of Operations at Colonial Downs Group added, “Our theme his year is more racing, more fun! With everything we have to offer, including free general admission, Colonial Downs makes for an entertaining afternoon and evening out for everyone. Colonial Downs and Rosie’s remain loyal to our promise of advancing the quality of Virginia horseracing and delivering positive impacts on our communities.”

The 2022 Virginia Derby is scheduled for September 6 (Coady Photography).

About Colonial Downs Group
Colonial Downs Group is a proud business operator in Virginia employing more than 1,000 team members in the Commonwealth, paying over $30 million in annual salaries, wages, and benefits. Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums® in Richmond, Hampton, New Kent, Vinton, and Dumfries offer innovative historic horseracing (HHR) gaming technology and full card simulcasting. Colonial Downs Group also operates a Rosie’s Game Room in Collinsville, which features a limited selection of some of their best HHR titles. Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County hosts live thoroughbred racing on two nationally renowned surfaces – Secretariat Turf Course, the widest turf course in North America at 180 feet wide and on a 11/4-mile dirt track, second in length to only the world-famous Belmont Park. Colonial Downs Group has made a $300 million investment in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The company pays more than $32 million in annual state and local taxes plus an additional $12 million in racing industry payments annually.