Horse racing returns to Colonial Downs Tuesday for 2020 season in New Kent County

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FILE – In this May 4, 2019, file photo, Flavien Prat rides Country House to victory during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Luis Saez on Maximum Security finished first but was disqualified. Country House has been retired because of a foot ailment. The 4-year-old developed laminitis in his right front foot and was hospitalized last summer to treat the condition. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The 2020 horse racing season is kicking off Tuesday at Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County.

While the racetrack was originally set to celebrate opening day on Monday, July 27, Colonial Downs announced on Facebook that Monday’s heat index was forecast above 100 degrees at post time, leading the venue to push back opening day to Tuesday, July 28.

“The heat postponement is to safeguard the health of horses shipping and racing as well as participants working in extreme heat,” Colonial Downs wrote on Facebook.

In addition, Colonial Downs says Monday’s make-up race has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. The venue reportedly plans to re-draw Monday’s races on Tuesday for Sunday’s make-up card.

For the 2020 season, Colonial Downs will hold races on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. While general admission to the races is free, only a limited number of people will be allowed to attend the races under the conditions in Virginia’s Phase Three reopening plan, and those who do attend will be required to wear masks inside.

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