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Colonial Downs is a racetrack for Thoroughbred flat racing and Standardbred harness racing located in New Kent County, Virginia adjacent to Interstate 64, halfway between Richmond, Virginia and Williamsburg, Virginia.
The track has a one and one-quarter mile dirt oval, a seven and one half furlong inner turf oval and a one and one-eighth mile outer turf oval. Harness races start from a chute on the back stretch of the dirt oval.
The Virginia Derby is Colonial's annual showcase event. The Virginia Derby is held mid July, the $600,000 Grade II event draws over 9,000 fans to the New Kent oval. Thoroughbred racing's top three year old turf horses, along with the sport's top jockeys and trainers compete 1.25 miles in the Virginia Derby. The $500,000 Grade II Colonial Turf Cup, a Derby prep race, is held in June.
The track features an autumn harness racing meet. Colonial Downs is the only 1 and 1/4 mile track in North America with harness racing and features a one turn mile. The horses start from a chute on the backstretch. Harness racing times at Colonial Downs are the fastest in racing. On October 11, 2008, the world trotting record was set during the $100,000 Patriot Invitational. It was set by Enough Talk. The trotter became the first in harness racing history to break the 1:50 barrier with 1:49.3.