Live Horse Racing Returns To Colonial Downs With Packed Giveaway Schedule

Written By Dann Stupp on July 15, 2021 - Last Updated on June 7, 2024
Live horse racing

A packed promotional giveaway schedule awaits when live horse racing returns to Colonial Downs racetrack on Monday.

The track, which is a favorite for horse betting enthusiasts, is located in New Kent outside of the Virginia capital of Richmond.

Beginning this Monday, July 19, the track kicks off its third season since bringing Thoroughbred horse racing back in 2019.

Additionally, Colonial Downs officials, who also run a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium historical horse racing (HHR) facility on-site, have unveiled promotional giveaways for five select dates.

Live horse racing at Colonial Downs

Horse races at Colonial Downs take place every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Daily post time is 1:45 p.m. Parking is free, as is general admission seating. Additionally, reserved grandstand seating starts at just $5.

Each race date has $500,000 in purses as horses jockey for their share. In all, the 2021 Colonial Downs season offers 25 stakes races.

The seven-week season includes the New Kent County Virginia Derby on Aug. 31. Then, the season concludes the following day, on Sept. 1.

If you’re on-site at Colonial Downs, you can bet on horse racing action while there. However, you can also watch the races and place bets via TVG.

In addition to Colonial Downs, TVG offers betting and video streaming for tracks across the globe.

The TVG betting app is a legal betting website in the US. It is an advanced deposit wagering (ADW) site. That means bettors simply need to fund a TVG account before they can bet on the horse races.

Colonial Downs promotional giveaways

Midway through its already-shortened 2020 run, Colonial Downs had to cancel the remainder of its season. The culprit? A rash of positive COVID-19 test results.

To help bolster its 2021 attendance, Colonial Downs officials have rolled out a packed promotional giveaway schedule.

The first 1,000 fans through the gates each day receive the giveaway item.

They include:

  • Monday, July 19: Adult Secretariat T-shirt giveaway
  • Tuesday, July 27: Colonial Downs cooler giveaway
  • Tuesday, Aug. 3: Colonial Downs hat giveaway
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18: Colonial Down tote bag giveaway
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24: Kids Colonial Downs T-shirt giveaway

With the Virginia vaccination rate steadily rising and life slowly returning to normal, horseplayers are ready.

As John Marshall, executive vice president of operations at Colonial Downs Group, stated:

“We have worked incredibly hard preparing for fans to return. Our team is ready to have fun and provide some of the best entertainment available in Virginia. We look forward to seeing lots of people come back out to see what we have to offer. We promise they won’t be disappointed.”

Photo by AP / Charlie Riedel
Dann Stupp Avatar
Written by
Dann Stupp

Dann Stupp is a longtime sports journalist who’s written and edited for The Athletic, USA Today, ESPN, and other outlets. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

View all posts by Dann Stupp