Dogwood_Generic-_2013_2(Colonial Downs Press Release) A day of world class steeplechase racing and trackside tailgating will return to Colonial Downs on Saturday April 5th as the second annual Dogwood Classic helps usher in the area’s spring outdoor festival season.

The 2014 Dogwood Classic will play host to a day of National Steeplechase Association (NSA) sanctioned jump races held over the Secretariat Turf Course, all while vehicle tailgating takes place on the 1¼ miles dirt track, which is positioned just outside of the turf course.

The Dogwood Classic continues a spring tailgating tradition at Colonial Downs and will feature new price points for tailgating spots along the rail, a per person general admission option, and day-of ticket sales.

Reserved vehicle tailgating spaces are only $200 for a spot along the home stretch, or $125 for a spot along the backstretch and in both turns. That price also includes six Dogwood Classic admission tickets to be used by the purchaser and their passengers.

Additional friends that want to join a tailgate can purchase a general admission ticket for $10, whether it’s in advance or at the gate day of. Those additional guests can park in the main general lot in front of Colonial Downs. There will be a $15 per vehicle parking charge in that lot, so guests are encouraged to carpool.

Dogwood attendees will be encouraged to prepare picnic food, beverages and tailgate décor based around the Dogwood Classic theme, which will be announced soon. There will be “best of” competitions in categories like tailgate décor, fancy hats, and men’s & women’s themed attire.

Reserved tailgating spots and general admission tickets will be made available to past purchasers beginning Monday November 18th and will go on sale to the general public on Monday November 25th.  Tailgate spaces and tickets can be purchased at or by calling 804-966-7223, ext. 1033.

As an added bonus, anybody that buys a tailgating space by February 28th will be invited to an invitation only “Dogwood Classic Launch Party” on Saturday March 1st in downtown Richmond featuring live music, “for fun” casino games along with complementary food and beverages.

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