The $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in New Kent is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders’ Cup winners in just the last five years!
Like last year, there will be two party zones—the Xfinity Home Party Zone and Hoot on the Hill. In the Xfinity Home Party Zone, there are three levels of tickets ranging from the Trackside Party Zone ticket for $30 in advance ($40 at the gate) to the Trackside Party Zone Reserved Table for $200 (for four people
New this year for the Hoot on the Hill party zone are tailgating spots for $100. You and your friends can enjoy a true tailgating experience with this new option at Hoot on the Hill. Regular admission to Hoot on the Hill is $10 per person if you walk in from the parking lot. And as before, the Hoot on the Hill area is a BYOB area, so bring your coolers and all the refreshments you will need for the evening, as well as portable chairs and pop-up tents. There will also be betting stations, and two jumbotrons for better viewing of the races.
The 2012 Virginia Derby is on July 21 this year. Gates open at 4 p.m., and post time is 5 p.m.!