Virginia regulators have officially approved a new license for Colonial Downs, clearing the way for live horse racing to return next summer. On Thursday, the Virginia Racing Commission signed off on agreements that will bring 15 Thoroughbred racing days to the New Kent County track in 2019. The track will host 30 race days in 2020. The first race day will be August 8, according to Colonial Downs. The high-profile Virginia Derby will be August 31, and the race season will conclude September 7. 1 of 10 off-track betting facilities is located in Collinsville at the Dutch Inn. The facility has been open since March of this year.