Virginia: Colonial Downs to reopen in April; racing returns in August WDBJ-TV · March 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — You won’t have to go out of state anymore to experience a day at the races. Colonial Downs will be opening its doors once again in just a few weeks. “This is who we are, and to become a sight again, a destination for all of Virginia right here in our backyard. It’s oh so important to us,” said Matthew Smolnick, the Director of Economic Development in New Kent County. Since October, crews have been working to breathe new life into the old racetrack. New additions to the facility includes a restaurant and a game room, as Colonial Downs will be adding a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium.