The upcoming Colonial Downs meet will be a mix of the old and the new, according to a report from The Racing Biz. At the recent Virginia Racing Commission meeting, Colonial's Vice President of Racing Operations Jill Byrne told commissioners the track will look to keep its 80 percent turf race menu — a familiar proportion to fans from previous racing seasons. Some elements of management will be new, including a requirement for trainers to turn over the past 30 days of vet records on claimed horses and a reduction of the maximum allowed furosemide dose from 10 ml to 6 ml pre-race.
Colonial is also hoping to convince the VRC to let it reduce takeout from 18 to 16 percent on win/place/show wagering and 22 to 20 percent on exotic wagering.
“We're a good news story in an industry that could use some good news,” Byrne told the commission with regard to the track opening.
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