Colonial Downs® to Host Live Racing on Weekends in 2023
Posted on December 15th, 2022
Virginia Racing Commission Approves 27 Race Dates for First Season under Churchill Downs Incorporated Ownership
NEW KENT, Va. (December 14, 2022) – In a meeting held at the Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County, the Virginia Racing Commission approved today a robust racing schedule at one of the nation’s premier Thoroughbred racetracks for 2023. Beginning on July 13, 2023, and running through September 9, 2023, live racing will be held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Colonial Downs in contrast to the traditional Monday through Wednesday schedule of past meets. Post time for each race day will be at 1:30 pm. The annually anticipated $300,000 Virginia Derby will run on Saturday, September 9, 2023. The 2023 live race meet will be the first at Colonial Downs under the operation of new owners, Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”).
“CDI is proud to enter Virginia with an expanded race offering that will allow for more Virginians to attend and enjoy live racing,” said Jack Sours, VP of Gaming Operations for CDI. “Since our acquisition of Colonial Downs, we have remained steadfast in our goal to bring top quality racing and entertainment to New Kent with a product that will attract the best horses, trainers and jockeys and by increasing the flow of purse revenue from historical racing.”
Colonial Downs will announce purses, special events and other features of the 2023 season as the racing season draws closer next year.