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There's a lot of history about Virginia, but not much about pari-mutual horse racing. One of the last State's to legalize wagering on horse racing in 1988, it has only has one live racing facility in the "Old Dominion".

Open in 1997, Colonial Downs is the sole racing plant in Virginia. It is a multi function track that provides both a thoroughbred and harness racing meet. It is also one of the largest tracks in the country at one mile and one quarter, which encloses an inner and outer turf courses.

Unable to resolve issues with horseman Colonial Downs ceased thoroughbred racing in 2013, harness racing ended after the 2014 season. Racing is not totally dead in Virginia but after The State Racing Commission denied Colonial Downs proposal for live racing in 2016, it's probably on life support, waiting for someone to pull the plug.

If your looking to visit the Virginia tracks, there's good news and bad news. The good news, obviously there's only one, if your travelling the I-95 corridor, you'll have to make a thirty mile detour on I-64 south to New Kent. The track is closed and in a heavily wooded area, if the access road is blocked you might not even get a glimpse of it, a risk you always take  going to a closed facility.

The bad news, if your going south it will nine hours before you reach Jacksonville, Florida and a chance to visit another track. Going north, no problem, plenty of action in Maryland.