New Kent, VA --- Colonial Downs will usher in its 16th season of pari-mutuel harness racing on Sept. 18 and continue with a six week fall campaign that continues through Oct. 27.
Pacers and trotters will compete over the nation’s only one turn mile racetrack every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Ten races are expected to be contested each afternoon.
Highlight of the meet is the annual $300,000 Virginia Harness “Day of Champions,” an afternoon of eight championship races featuring Virginia-bred 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes. The “Champions” card will close out the season on Sunday (Oct. 27). A trackside tailgate party and $1,000 cornhole tournament will kick off closing weekend festivities the day prior, on Oct. 26.
The track’s opening weekend will again take place in conjunction with the New Kent County Fair, which will be on the grounds Sept. 20 through Sept. 22. The Fair features a number of family related events including a concert that Saturday with Statler Bothers tribute band “American Pride” at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Stall applications from horsemen wishing to stable on the grounds are due by Sept. 8. There is a $125 per horse stall rent fee which covers the 24 day, six week season. The barn area opens on Sept. 11 and the track is available for training the same day. The first qualifying races are slated for Sept. 14. Interested horsemen can call Director of Racing Craig Andow at 201.663.1973.
A total of seven late closer series are scheduled, and nominations for the group close on Sept. 8. The slate includes the Horace Martin Memorial Pace, Good Ole USA Trot & Pace, Parkers’ Memorial Trot, VHHA Pace, Juniors Trot & Pace, Delmarva Trot & Pace and U Gotta Win One Now Pace. Several of the series feature odd distance legs including a 1-1/4 mile finale.
For more information, call 804.966.7223 or visit www.colonialdowns.com.