Day At The Track

Virginia Horsemen give fans a chance to "Own a Horse"

10:24 AM 10 Sep 2013 NZST
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(NEW KENT, VA---9/9/13)----Most  harness racing fans normally don’t get to experience the thrill of owning their own horse, but harness fans this fall at Colonial Downs will get that opportunity courtesy of a promotion being conducted by the Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association (VHHA).

Each Saturday, from September 21st thru October 20th, the names of seven fans in attendance will be drawn at random after the seventh race. The winners will each get a chance to “own” an individual horse competing in the next day’s (Sunday’s) $3,000 “Own a Horse for a Day” race.

The new “owners”, including one selected via a media outlet, will meet in the Colonial backstretch Sunday morning for their own “draw” to see who gets which horse. They will also visit their respective horse, driver and trainer in the barn area for a unique behind the scenes experience, enjoy lunch in the VHHA Sky Suite, then gather in the winner’s circle for their race.

To top it off, the new “owners” will receive a check in the amount their horse wins that day. The top five finishers will get a piece of the purse in declining percentages. The winning owner will get 50% of the $3,000 purse while the second thru fifth place finishers respectively get 25%, 12%, 8% and 5%.

Each Sunday this fall, Colonial Downs will offer a $18 Family ‘n Friends 4-Pack promotion where fans can receive 4 general admissions, programs, tip sheets, hot dogs, soft drinks & exclusive prize drawing entries when a 4-Pack coupon is redeemed with $18. Coupons can be downloaded at

Colonial Downs opens its sixteenth annual fall season on Wednesday September 18th and continues thru October 27th. Racing will be held every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM.

For more information click here.

by Darell Wood


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