"Welcome to the forum presented by red brand fence here on the horse racing radio network mike penner judy feld that's barron and pontiff together again and for the very first time in the roughly fifteen year history of the horse racing radio network we say welcome to colonial downs in virginia the very first time we've had the privilege to be here and it is a gorgeous morning a gorgeous evening on tap as well for the running of the virginia oaks and the virginia derby. It's going to be a special day here at colonial downs and j._t. This <hes> this race track right now just a wash in sunshine. There are horses training on that main track the racist tonight many of them going to be contested on that gorgeous emerald green turf course. We're overlooking the paddock area here. Here couldn't be any more perfect for our first trip to colonial down yeah. It's just a picture perfect day and we got <hes> some horses training on the track and everybody ready <hes> here so excited about the day we had several people that work here come by and see if they can help us in any way and <hes> everything's just the pristina vena looks great. The track is in great shape. And what a beautiful day yeah can't beat this whole area this racetrack if you've never ever had the opportunity to be here put it on your bucket list. It is located in new kent county virginia which is kinda midway between richmond and williamsburg. There's a lot of history history here to. I'm going to tell you a little story about that here. In just a minute but <hes> it opened in nineteen ninety seven september first to be exact it hosted both thoroughbred and harness racing thoroughbred racing was stopped here at colonial in two thousand thirteen because of a dispute between track management in the horsemen's groups go figure right that never happens happens in course racing harness racing halted one year later and then in two thousand eighteen virginia enacted a law to allow historical racing racing machines here at the race track and they now have a <hes> the racing machines here they have different gaming facilities here at the racetrack and shortly afterwards the track was purchased by revolutionary racing debt group is from chicago they formed the colonial down group in thoroughbred racing was resurrected resurrected. If you will resumed here on august eighth of this year and <hes> everybody not only in the industry but everybody here in the state of virginia excited have racing back colonial downs yeah well. It's been a place where people have really enjoyed coming to rayson and <hes> you know now that it's back there such an excitement. Even you know you're in town. People are talking about going to the races. They're putting on tremendous programs here. <hes> not only the the horse racing side but doc concerts and that kind of thing. They've got a lot of action at this facility so it's <hes> it's nice to see it being restored to its former glory and our friend. <hes> jill burn is a big part of that. She'll be on a little bit yeah. I had the chance yesterday to <hes>. Take a little walk with my my wife michelle. We had a little downtime through. All of our show prep done in. You're on the air with xpress radio so we took a ride and check out some of the"