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The 2020 race meet, which opens Tuesday, July, 28 will be presented “spectator-free”. The decision to conduct the meeting without spectators is at the request of the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (V-HBPA).  The change to “spectator free” racing is out of an abundance of caution and enables Colonial Downs to focus extra care towards key operating areas, such as the jockeys’ quarters, paddock supervision, racing office and the stabling area.

Yes. Wagers on Colonial Downs races can be placed at all Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums and at VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting Centers in Henrico (at Breakers Sports Grille), Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Collinsville (The Windmill OTB Sports Grill).  Virginia residents can also bet the races on line via,, and More details are at

Horse racing wagers placed in person at a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium or VA-Horseplay OTB must be placed with cash, either at a manned betting station or at a self-service betting terminal. To wager with any of the four online providers, an account must be set up with a credit or debit card.

Generally, there are nine thoroughbred races each evening and they run about 30 minutes apart. With a 5:30 PM start, the last of nine races would go off at 9:30 PM. On Mondays, two non-betting steeplechase races will be held at 4:00 and 4:40 PM before the regular 5:30 PM start.

Yes, Colonial Downs is home of the Secretariat Turf Course, the widest grass racing surface in the country. As a result, over 80% of the races here are held on turf. The highly regarded dirt track is 1 1/4 miles round and is the second largest in the country next to Belmont’s, which is 1 1/2 miles around.

Many types of bets are offered each race. Some examples are win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5. Colonial Downs will feature an All-Turf Pick-5 each night, which covers the final five races. Programs include past performance lines of each horse, morning odds, a tip sheet and other handicapping information.

A winning ticket can be cashed up to 180 days after it was purchased. Tickets can be cashed at any Rosie’s Gaming Emporium or at a VA-Horseplay OTB.

Yes. All Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums and VA-Horseplay OTBs offer live simulcast wagering. Up to ten track signals are available to wager seven days/evenings per week.

Both can be found at and at Entries are generally available four days in advance.

Yes, all Colonial Downs races are broadcast on the TVG network, which can be found on Xfinity (Channel 718), Dish TV (Channel 399) and Direct TV (Ch. 602).

18% for Win-Place-Show bets, and 22% for all exotic wagers.


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