Horse racing is called the “Sport of Kings," deemed so by King Secretariat, who tyrannically ruled the dominion of northern Kentucky with an iron hoof until his leg was broken in a coup d'état. Watch similar grabs for equine power with today's Groupon: for $29, you get two Turf Club admissions, each including a buffet dinner and more, to see harness horse racing at Colonial Downs (a $65.95 value), located in New Kent. This deal is valid on the weekends only, as well as on Friday, September 17, and Friday, November 5. The fall harness racetrack season starts on September 17 and runs through November 6 (which is when this Groupon expires).
Colonial Downs is renowned among racing fans for hosting the Virginia Derby, but it also hosts smaller-scale stampedes for victory throughout the year. The Turf Club at Colonial Downs allows visitors to gander at the track's horse racing from a classy, comfortable dining room ($5 admission apiece). Hit the club for an evening of racing, which includes a scrumptious buffet dinner ($16 per person). You and your fellow galloper-gawker will also receive two $2 bets, two race programs ($2.50 apiece), and a Virginia Derby wall clock ($14.95), ideal for telling time or re-creating the Twilight Zone intro. Colonial Downs' fan education staff can show novices the ins and outs of harness racing as they watch an evening's race program, which generally lasts about three hours and includes nine or 10 races. Grab a stiff cocktail from the centrally located bar, or place a bet on a colorfully monikered horse with the nearby mutuel teller. From a Turf Club seat, you'll be able to spot all the action on the 1.25-mile dirt track while still being immersed in the energy and colognes of the crowd.
The Turf Club's dress code requires proper attire, so avoid wearing jeans, tank tops, togas, torn clothing, flip-flops, galactic battlewear, or other forms of abbreviated dress. Revel in the sensations of the horse track while dining in total elegance with today's Groupon to Colonial Downs.
- Colonial Downs in New Kent Virginia offers both thoroughbred and harness racing seasons. Founded in 1997, Virginia's Colonial Downs race track is still relatively new, but is extremely popular. To complement the excellent races run at Colonial Downs, are brilliant facilities and simulcasting. – HorseRacing.com
Colonial Downs Racetrack
Home of the Virginia Derby each summer, Colonial Downs Racetrack upholds the age old Southern tradition of horse racing with a pair of impressive tracks. At 180 feet wide, the Secretariat Turf Course plays host to the derby as well as other summer thoroughbred races. Measuring at 1.25 miles, the outside dirt track is the second largest in the country—dwarfed only by Belmont Park— and plays host the pacers and trotters in the fall harness races. As Virginia's only site for pari-mutuel betting, Colonial Downs attracts droves of racing fans and wandering derby hats throughout the season. Once inside the gates, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds from the outdoor grandstand or relax in one of Colonial Downs' club and suite seating options, most of which offer dining and betting services, TVs linked to off-track races, and unobstructed birds-eye views of either track outside.
10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy.
New Kent, Virginia 23124Get Directions