Monday, January 30, 2023

Horse racing to return to Colonial Downs

Horse racing is returning to James City County’s neighboring locality, New Kent.

On Thursday, the Virginia Racing Commission approved a license for Colonial Downs to bring back live Thoroughbred horse racing in 2019, according to published reports.

The race track closed in 2014 after state regulators and Colonial Downs’ owner could not strike a deal on having fewer race days and a new horsemen’s association. Without the deal, the facility could not conduct raving or accept bets.

In 2019, the Colonial Downs flat race track will host 15 Thoroughbred race days. In 2020, the track will host 30 race days, according to reports.

The racing season will be Aug. 8 through Sept. 7.

In April, both historical horse racing machines and satellite wagering will open across North America for betting on live Colonial Downs races.

A 1,000-stall stable will open July 25.

Published reports say the Colonial Downs Group is making a $300 million investment to revive the race track and create about 800 new jobs by the end of 2019.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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