2014 Harness Season

Sept. 17 – Oct. 26

Schedule | Late Closers

Doors open at 12:30pm
Racing from 1pm - 4:15pm

  • General Admission Adult – $3(includes access to grandstand/box seating)
  • General Admission Kid – Free (Ages 12 & Under)
  • 4th Floor Adult – $19.95
    • Buffet (1pm-3:30pm) includes: tea, lemonade, tax, gratuity, CD program, 2 harness programs, and a 20% discount coupon for the gift shop. There will be bar and table seating available along with a suite for viewing.
  • 4th Floor Kid – $12.95 (Ages 12 & Under)
    • Buffet (1pm-3:30pm) includes: tea, lemonade, tax, gratuity, a coloring book, and a 20% discount coupon for the gift shop.
  • Sky Suites – $19.95 per person with a minimum of 10 people (35 max) plus $100 suite rental fee
    • Buffet (1pm-3:30pm in 4th floor restaurant area) includes: tax, gratuity, CD programs, 2 harness track programs, and a race named in the groups honor.
      Tea and lemonade will be in the suite, go to the main bar for alcohol and sodas.
      Optional private bartender in suite $50.
      Sky Suite Menu (2 page PDF)

Purchase tickets at the door
For Sky Suites email ebruhn@colonialdowns.com

$18 FAMILY 'n FRIENDS 4-Pack Coupon (Sundays only)
Bring a print out of this coupon and for $18 you receive:
4 Track Admissions
2 Race Programs
4 Tip Sheets
4 Hot Dogs
4 Soft Drinks

Ostrich Race

Camel & Ostrich Races

Sunday, September 21st will feature the popular ostrich and camel races, which had become a Father's Day tradition during the 2012 and 2013 summer thoroughbred meets. This unique promotion is a crowd pleaser for fans of all ages.

Harness drivers will be invited to ride the camels while ostriches, in keeping with the standardbred breed, will have a sulky of sorts attached to them.

Ostrich Race

Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, October 11th Colonial Downs will host a day of cornhole, tailgating, and harness racing. The cornhole tournament will have $1,000 in cash prizes. Tailgating spot near tournament area and admission for all passengers included in entry fee.

Tournament area opens at 10am, warm-ups begin at 10:30am, tournament begins at 11:30am, and the harness racing runs our normal times of 1pm to 4:15pm. Betting stations will be placed near the tailgating and tournament area for harness racing.

Register for the tournament at RichmondCornhole.com

Ostrich Race

VHHA Own a Horse For a Day Promotion

Ever wanted to own a racehorse? The Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association (VHHA) will give 8 lucky fans each weekend this fall a chance to "Own a Horse for a Day".
8 names will be drawn at random from the crowd at Colonial Downs each Saturday between September 20th and October 18th. Those fans will return the following day as horse "owners" and get to keep the amount of purse money their respective horse earns in a $3,000 race! They will also tour the barn area, meet their trainer and driver, and enjoy a lunch for 2 in the VHHA Sky Suite.

First place prize is half of the purse – $1,500!!!

Harness News

(NEW KENT, VA – 8/27/14) — Colonial Downs will usher in its 17th season of pari-mutuel harness racing on September 17th and continue with a six week fall campaign thru October 26th.

Pacers and trotters will compete over the nation's only one turn mile racetrack every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at 1:00 PM. Ten races are expected to be contested each afternoon.

Highlight of the meet is the annual $350,000 (est.) Virginia Harness Day of Champions on closing day, when Virginia-bred two & three year olds of both sexes will compete in eight championship races.

The Sunday September 21st card will feature the popular ostrich and camel races, which had become a Father's Day tradition during the 2012 and 2013 summer thoroughbred meets. Since there was no flat meet this year, the unique promotion will take place during the fall season. Harness drivers will be invited to ride the camels while ostriches, in keeping with a Standardbred theme, will have a sulky of sorts attached to them.

The VHHA "Own a Horse for a Day" promotion will return for a 3rd straight year. The harness horsemen's association will select the name of eight fans in attendance each Saturday, and those fans will return the following day as horse "owners" and get to keep the amount of purse money their respective horse earns. They will also tour the barn area, meet their trainer and driver, and enjoy a lunch for 2 in the VHHA Sky Suite.

The Colonial Downs stable area opens September 10th and training begins the following morning. The first qualifying races are Saturday, September 13th at 1:00pm and the opening day draw will be held that morning. Stall applications from prospective horsemen are due on September 5th. For information, call Racing Secretary Craig Andow at 201-663-1973.

A total of eight late closer stake series have also been announced and nominations are currently being accepted. The slate of pacing only stakes includes the Horace Martin Memorial, VHHA and the U Gotta Win One Now series events. Trotting only stakes include the Parkers' Memorial and the We Redeem Our Fallen Soldiers. The Good Ole USA, Juniors and Delmarva series all feature separate pacing and trotting divisional legs.

The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekends this fall with a unique all-inclusive admission plan. For $19.95, fans will receive Turf Club admission, a table seat, buffet lunch with tea & lemonade (includes tax & gratuity), a Colonial Downs program along with two simulcast programs and a gift shop discount. Group outings in the 4th Sky Suites are available on weekend afternoons.

Fans can make reservations beginning September 2nd by calling 804-966-7223, ext. 1032 or on our Tickets page. Group inquiries can be directed to ebruhn@colonialdowns.com. General admission is $3 and can be paid right at the gate; kids 12 & under are free.

FAQs

  • Everyone that goes to the 4th floor pays the above price even if they do not want to eat.
  • 4th floor buffet will be BBQ on Saturday and Pasta on Sunday
  • 4th floor customers do NOT need to purchase the entire table
  • The 4th floor is ONLY open on Sat and Sun
  • Jeans are allowed
  • 4th floor opens at 12:30pm and closes at the end of live racing (approx. 4:15pm)