COLONIAL DOWNS OFF AND RUNNING ON SATURDAY

Colonial Downs 2012 Thoroughbred meet will be off and running on Saturday, June 2.  As a benefit for our current members, the VTA and the VaHBPA in partnership are delighted to make a fourth floor sky suite available throughout the meet.

(Coady Photography)

Kicking off the VTA/VHBPA’s special events are suites for the Strawberry Hill Races on Saturday, June 2 and a special VTA Belmont Stakes Day at Colonial on Saturday, June 9.  Please RSVP to the VTA at 540.347.4313 for any of the events in the suites, and take a moment to review the calendar and important information below regarding access to the Sky Suite:
June 2012 
  • Thursday, Friday and Sunday: A Sky Suite is available to 25 VTA/VaHBPA members on a first-come, first-served basis.  No prior RSVP is necessary.  Please show your membership card at the Pass Gate (free admission) and at the Guest Services Upgrade window to receive wristbands allowing access to the suite. 
  • Saturdays: A Sky Suite is to current VTA/VaHBPA members – RSVPs are required for Saturday access.  Please RSVP to the VTA office at 540.347.4313. 
·      Saturday, June 2: Strawberry Hill Races – $35.00 per person includes full buffet, cash bar and program.  Reservations limited to 45 members/guests.  RSVP to the VTA office by Thursday, May 31.

·      Saturday, June 9: Belmont Stakes Day at Colonial DownsComplimentary, includes appetizers, cash bar and program.  Reservations limited to 90 members/guests.  RSVP to the VTA office by Thursday, June 7.  Sky Suite open at 3:00 p.m. Watch the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown on television in the Sky Suite, then stay to enjoy an evening of Colonial Downs racing, post time 7:00 p.m.

·      Saturday, June 16: Colonial Turf Cup: Complimentary, includes full buffet, cash bar and program.  Reservations limited to 45 members/guests.  RSVP to the VTA office by Wednesday, June 6.

·      Saturday, June 23: Colonial Downs evening of racing: Complimentary, includes appetizers, cash bar and program.  Reservations limited to 45 members/guests.  RSVP to the VTA office by Tuesday, June 12.

·      Saturday, June 30: Colonial Downs evening of racing: Complimentary, includes appetizers, cash bar and program.  Reservations limited to 45 members/guests.  RSVP to the VTA office by Wednesday, June 20.

July 2012*

*Our July calendar will be updated mid-June.  Please watch your mail, the VTA website www.vabred.org and the VTA blog www.vtablog.org for details!
  • Thursday, Friday and Sunday: A Sky Suite is available to 25 VTA/VaHBPA members on a first-come, first-served basis.  No prior RSVP is necessary.  Please show your membership card at the Pass Gate (free admission) and at the Guest Services Upgrade window to receive wristbands which will allow access to the suite.

  • Saturday, July 21: Virginia Derby Day: $100.00 per person, includes full buffet, cash bar and program. Reservations limited to 100 members/guests and must be paid in advance.  RSVP to the VTA office by Wednesday, July 11.

  • Friday, July 27: Commonwealth Turf Festival (VTA Annual Equine Hall of Fame Event): Complimentary, includes full buffet, cash bar and program.  Reservations limited to 100 members/guests.  RSVP to the VTA by Tuesday, July 17. 
Colonial Downs Race Days, Post Times, Suite Access and Dress Code


Racing Days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Dark Days:    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


Post Times:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 7:00 p.m. (Suites open approximately one hour before post time.)

  • Sunday: 12:55 p.m.

Exceptions:

  • Saturday, June 2: Post time 12:55 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 4: Post time 5:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 5: Dark Day

  • Sunday, July 22: Dark Day 
Suite Access:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: Please show your membership card at the Pass Gate (free admission) and at the Guest Services Upgrade window to receive your wristband, allowing access to the suite.  No prior RSVPS are necessary.

  • Saturdays: RSVP by the appropriate deadline to the VTA office at 540.347.4313 for the Saturday access you would prefer.  At Colonial Downs, visit the “Groups” tent at the main front entrance of Colonial Downs, present your membership card, and indicate that you are with the Virginia Thoroughbred Association to receive your wristband, allowing access to the fourth floor.  In the fourth floor lobby, visit the VTA/VaHBPA table to be escorted to the Sky Suite. 
Turf Club Access: FREE access to any unsold Turf Club dining tables and bar seats can be acquaired by VTA/VaHBPA members through Guest Services.  There is NO standing room in the Turf Club.

Turf Club (Fourth Floor) Dress Code: The dress code for the Turf Club (Fourth Floor) will be strictly enforced.  Required proper attire includes: business casual clothes, dress walking shorts, dress slacks, dresses and suits.  Gentlemen’s jackets are optional.  Absolutely NO jeans, torn clothing, tank tops, flip-flops or abbreviated dress permitted!  Individuals not in compliance with the dress code will not be permitted in the Turf Club – NO EXECPTIONS!