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16th Annual Running of the $500,000 Virginia Derby

racing & parties

RICHMOND, VA: (WTVR): The $500,000 Virginia Derby (Gr. II) is the richest annual thoroughbred Horse Race in Virginia. Attracting the best turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the country and it also attracts the largest crowd at Colonial Downs in New Kent.

Another popular feature the annual Lite 98 Fancy Hat Contest, and Three Trackside Parties, the all-inclusive Xfinity Home “Party Zone”, the BYOB  “Thrill on the Hill” and Tailgate in the Turn. Tickets available at or by calling 804-966-7223.

Gates open at noon, parties and dinning rooms open at 3pm Saturday, July 13, the first 12 horse races, starts at 5pm and the Virgina Derby is at 8:12pm. Admission is $7 and kids 12 and under admitted free.

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