(NEW KENT, VA --- 8/29/13) ---- Colonial Downs will usher in its sixteenth season of pari-mutuel harness racing on September 18th and continue with a six week fall campaign that continues through October 27th.
Pacers and trotters will compete over the nation's only one turn mile racetrack every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM. 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 two and three year olds of both sexes. The "Champions" card will close out the season on Sunday October 27th. A trackside tailgate party and $1,000 cornhole tournament will kick off closing weekend festivities the day prior, on October 26th.
The track's opening weekend will again take place in conjunction with the New Kent County Fair, which will be on the grounds September 20th thru 22nd. 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 PM.
Stall applications from horsemen wishing to stable on the grounds are due by September 8th. There is a $125 per horse stall rent fee which covers the 24 day, six week season. The barn area opens on September 11th and the track is available for training the same day. The first qualifying races are slated for September 14th. Interested horsemen can call Director of Racing Craig Andow at 201-663-1973.
A total of seven late closer stake series are scheduled, and nominations for the group close on September 8th. 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.
by Darrell Wood