(Colonial Downs Photo)

On December 9th, Colonial Downs began a $650,000-plus project to illuminate the Secretariat turf course in time for the upcoming summer thoroughbred racing season. The track received 2012 race dates at the Virginia Racing Commission’s December 4th meeting and will race primarily at 7 PM on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons at 1 PM (from June 2 – July 28).

The track lights are actually going to be moved from their current location on the outside of the dirt track to the inside of the turf course. The foundations for the new lights arrived on December 9th and the actual work will begin in mid-December. The project will be complete by March 31.