Rosie’s Gaming At Colonial Downs In New Kent Opens With Huge Fanfare

It’s finally official! Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent opened its doors April 23rd at 11 AM that was preceded by a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Invited guests and 500 players jammed the lobby and outside walkway at Colonial Downs April 23rd for the Rosie’s ribbon cutting.

The facility features 600 Historical Horse Racing machines, live simulcast wagering from tracks around the country, four cocktail lounges, a concessions/dining area and a gift shop.

Bugler Jonathan Greenberg got attendees fired up with the “Call To Post”.

Aaron Gomes, the Colonial Downs Group’s COO, said “Today marks an enormous economic development for New Kent, the region and the entire Commonwealth that has brought together gaming enthusiasts, horse lovers and the community to experience an exciting and fun activity.”

Susie Chatfield-Taylor, VRC Commissioner Stephanie Nixon and VTA President Jill Gordon-Moore are all smiles at the Colonial reopening ceremony.

The revenues generated through HHR machines will enable the return of live thoroughbred horse racing to Virginia this summer. The meet will run from August 8th thru September 7th. The Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks will both be held on August 31st.

Dr. Will Allison, President of the Virginia Gold Cup, is pictured with VRC Commissioner Stephanie Nixon.

The Colonial Downs Group is investing $300 million in Virginia and creating 800 jobs statewide. The next Rosie’s in Vinton will open in early May, followed by Richmond’s site in June and Hampton’s in September.

VTA Board Member Jim Arrison (right) attended the Colonial Downs opening as did Past President Brooke Royster (middle).

The Colonial Downs Rosie’s is open seven days and nights per week — until 2 AM on Sunday thru Thursday and 4 AM on Friday and Saturday. Here are some of additional pictures from the festive gathering.

Former VRC Chairperson and equine author Robin Traywick Willams is shown with a huge picture of Secretariat in the lobby’s background.
When doors opened at 11 AM, crowds poured into the new look Colonial Downs.
Rosie’s t-shirts were given out to the first 500 attendees.
A number of dignitaries cut the ceremonal ribbon to usher in a new era of horse racing in the Commonwealth.