Most racing fans normally don't get to experience the thrill of owning their own horse, but harness fans this fall at Colonial Downs will get that thrill courtesy of an "Own a Horse for a Day” promotion being conducted by the Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association.
Each Saturday, the names of seven fans in attendance will randomly be drawn after the seventh race. Those fans will each get a chance to "own” a horse competing in a designated race the following afternoon (on Sunday). That race will carry a purse of $3,000 and each promotional "owner” will receive a check in the amount their horse earns in that race, just like the true owner would. An eighth winner each week will come via a contest with a partnering media outlet.
The promotional "owners” will also get a "behind the scenes” experience in addition to potentially collecting a check. The eight will gather in the Colonial backstretch on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for their own "draw” to determine who gets which horse. The new "owners” will then visit their horse, driver and trainer in the barn area and get a peek at life in the backstretch.
After the barn visit, the new "owners” (accompanied by a guest each) will get to enjoy lunch in the VHHA's fourth floor Sky Suite at Colonial Downs during the races that afternoon, then gather by the winner's circle for their special race to root their horse on and see which ones will receive a check.
This promotion will be offered every Saturday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13. Doors open at 12 noon and post time is 1 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.colonialdowns.com/, http://www.vhha.net/, or call (804) 966-7223. (Colonial Downs)