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Virginia Derby

18th running of the $200,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) ​Tuesday September 1, 2020 Colonial Downs – New Kent, Virginia 1 1/8 miles over the Secretariat Turf Course Virginia Derby History The first Virginia Derby was held at Colonial Downs on October 3, 1998 in front of 8,103 fans. Governor James S. Gilmore […]

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2019 Colonial Downs Season Recap

Colonial Downs Celebrates Racing Revival In 2019 Summer Meet Virginia’s first partnership with horses began back in 1609 with the arrival of the first horse to the Virginia colonies. According to many historians, the first American horse races were held in Henrico County, near Richmond, in 1674. Fast forward 344 years to 2018, when the […]

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