For horses to be successful, they must be given auspicious names, such as Finishes in First, She Always Wins, and Exemplary Chief Financial Officer. Prepare for good fortune with this GrouponLive deal to Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent. Choose between the following options:
For $40, you get a day of horseracing for two (an $81 value) that includes the following:
- Two Jockey Club tickets (a $10 value each)
- Two racing programs and two tip sheets (a $2.50 value each)
- Two $2 bets
- A $32 food voucher for fare from the menu
- A tour of the racetrack for two (a $10 value each)<p>
For $75, you get a day of horseracing for four (a $162 value) that includes the following:
- Four Jockey Club tickets (a $10 value each)
- Four racing programs and four tip sheets (a $2.50 value each)
- Four $2 bets
- A $64 food voucher
- A tour of the racetrack for four (a $10 value each)<p>
Both options are valid for Thursdays and Fridays between June 7 and July 27. The dining room opens at 5 p.m., and races begin at 7 p.m.
As the summer horseracing season kicks into gear, Colonial Downs Racetrack comes alive with the sound of cheers as jockeys vie for speed supremacy. Upon arrival, visitors settle into the Jockey Club, where tiered seating gives all attendees a prime vantage point from which to view the action. A balcony grants glimpses of the horses in the paddock, so bettors can trade inconspicuous winks with horses that intend to win the next race. Before race time, the track tour takes guests down to the paddock area to see the jockeys, trainers, and horses gearing up for the next heat. Tour-takers watch the next race from a staging area near the winner’s circle, then in between races, they take a tram ride on the 1.25-mile track itself to get a taste of a horse’s lifestyle without having to sample its saltlick. For the first time, Colonial Downs will be showcasing thoroughbred horse races on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., allowing visitors to grab a midrace dinner of wraps, pizzas, and salads.
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.