Colonial Downs horse track granted license

The Virginia Racing Commission has granted a license to the Colonial Downs Group to conduct live racing once again in the Commonwealth.

“This is an exciting step for everyone impassioned by the rebirth of live racing in Virginia and for our team delivering our promise to revitalize horse racing in the Commonwealth,” said Colonial Downs Group Senior Vice-President John Marshall in a press release.

The license allows Colonial Downs in New Kent County to open a 600-unit historic horse racing (HHR) operation. Fifteen dates are planned for 2019 with the first thoroughbred race tabled for Aug. 8, 2019. The stable area will open July 25.

The race track, which has been closed since 2014, is expected to garner revenue for New Kent County and add additional revenue for local businesses.

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