Horse Racing

Colonial Downs moves ahead with renovations, hiring staff

Colonial Downs moves ahead with renovations, hiring staff

Colonial Downs is moving full steam ahead on renovating the facility and hiring staff ahead of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium opening in April and the return of live thoroughbred horse racing in August.

The Rosie’s at the New Kent facility is projected to open April 18 and the Colonial Downs group will have 400 employees for all of their facilities by the end of April, with facilities opening this year in Hampton, Richmond, Chesapeake and Vinton, according to Colonial Downs spokesman Mark Hubbard.

Horse racing will return to Virginia Aug. 8 at the Colonial Downs racetrack, with the stables and practice area opening July 25.

The group is also working on off-track betting...

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