Pictures From Controlled Burn Of Colonial Downs’ Turf Course

It’s another sign that thoroughbred racing is about to return to Colonial Downs in New Kent! On Tuesday April 16th, a controlled burn took place over the track’s 1 1/8 miles Secretariat Turf Course.

The fire, a spectacular site at times, took dead cover off the top all the way around in a several hour process.

John Dale Thomas, the VEA Track Superintendent who oversaw the burn in conjunction with the New Kent Fire Department, said the bermuda grass surface will come back more green, lush and safe, especially with hot weather on the horizon
Colonial’s Jeff Wingrove set turf ablaze from the inside rail out towards the dirt track.

Thomas will mix crumb rubber into the course as well and come racing season in August, believes the track will be in its best condition ever.
Colonial VP of Racing Jill Byrne is all smiles as her turf course goes up in flames.
A view from behind the infield tote board, which it being totally renovated.
Various track distance poles and related equipment were placed in the infield for the controlled burn.
A Colonial staff member helps extinguish burning embers from the controlled burn.