Colonial Downs, which reopens Aug. 8 for the first time since 2014, has joined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The Virginia track will host 15 live race dates through Sept. 7. Plans call for increasing dates through 2020 with the support of additional revenue streams from historical racing electronic gaming and off-track betting locations in Virginia.
“Virginia has a long and storied history in Thoroughbred breeding and racing and will forever be known as the birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “We look forward to working with the team at Colonial Downs as it brings back first-class racing to the heart of Virginia horse country.”
John Marshall, Senior Vice President Colonial Downs Group, added, “Joining the NTRA is an easy decision for Colonial Downs Group as we introduce horseracing to new audiences. Our Virginia racing revival is led by seasoned industry professionals with proven track records prioritizing industry welfare, integrity and advocacy first. It is an honor and privilege for Colonial to join the NTRA in growing the popularity of horse racing.”