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Racing FAQ's


Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions that are not covered below, please visit our contact us page or email us at [email protected].

  • Will Covid-related issues affect spectators being allowed to attend live horse races this summer?

    Colonial Downs is excited to welcome fans back for the 2021 summer race season and will adhere to the Governor’s most recent crowd size restrictions at entertainment venues and sporting events. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at the New Kent track. Tables are rearranged to provide adequate physical distancing. Face coverings required for all guests and team members. Temperature is screened prior to entry. No one with a confirmed temperature of 100.4 or above will be allowed entry.

  • What admission/seating options are available to fans?

    Colonial Downs has plenty of options to suit everyone. General admission, which allows access to ground level outdoor trackside viewing, is free. There are plenty of reserved seating options as well, both outdoors and indoors. Outdoor grandstand seats and viewing boxes, under cover, are available for purchase. Indoor seats, in air-conditioned dining areas, are also available. Choose from a reserved table or lounge seats in the third floor Jockey Club, or a reserved table one level higher in the fourth floor’s 1609 dining room. Private Sky Suites, each with a balcony overlooking the track, are available as well. Seats for all levels can be purchased at colonialdowns.com. For questions, call 804-557-5684.

  • Is there any place else I can bet the horse races that are being conducted at Colonial Downs?

    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 online via TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com. More details are at colonialdowns.com/wagering.

  • Can horse race wagers be placed with a credit or debit card?

    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.

  • What is an afternoon of races like at Colonial Downs?

    Generally, there are nine thoroughbred races each day (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) and they run about 30 minutes apart. With a 1:45 PM start, the last of nine races would go off at 5:45 PM. On Mondays, two non-betting steeplechase races will be held prior to the regular 1:45 PM start.

  • Are races held on both turf and dirt?

    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.

  • What types of wagers are available?

    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.

  • How long do you have to cash a ticket after it is purchased?

    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.

  • Is live simulcast wagering available from other tracks round the country?

    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.

  • Where can I find entries and results from the Colonial Downs races?

    Both can be found at www.colonialdowns.com/wagering and at www.equibase.com. Entries are generally available four days in advance.

  • Are the Colonial Downs races televised anywhere?

    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).

  • What are takeout rates for Colonial Downs wagers?

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