Virginia HBPA

Colonial Downs Concludes ‘Outstanding’ Meet With Total Handle Over $17.5 Million

Sparked by outstanding participation from horsemen and racing fans, Colonial Downs concluded its 2019 race meeting on Saturday night punctuated by a lucrative daily purse structure, large fields, and an emphasis on horse safety and welfare for its participants. Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, Colonial Downs […]

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TAA, Virginia HBPA Partner For Best Turned Out Awards On Virginia Derby Day

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is partnering with the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to present the Best Turned Out Horse Awards on Virginia Derby Day held Aug. 31 at Colonial Downs. The Virginia HBPA will sponsor a cash prize and gift bag to be given to the winning groom of the Best Turned Out […]

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Colonial Downs Mount Fee To Be Highest In Mid-Atlantic After Guild, Virginia HBPA Pact

The Jockeys’ Guild and the Virginia HBPA have reached an agreement on a mount fee schedule for races to be run at Colonial Downs beginning with their opening day, August 8, 2019. The mount fee schedule calls for a minimum fee of $125, the highest in the mid-Atlantic area. Racing is returning to Virginia for […]

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$500,000 In Daily Purses, Robust Stakes Schedule For Return To Racing At Colonial Downs

Led by the $250,000 Virginia Derby (G3), Colonial Downs announced its 2019 stakes schedule for the 15-day race meeting, Aug. 8 – Sept. 7, which will include $1.8 million in stakes purses as flat racing returns to Virginia for the first time since 2013. Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, Colonial Downs has been […]

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Hearings Nov. 17 To Determine Future Of Colonial Downs Racing

Colonial Downs will be the subject of four out of five hearings to be held November 17 by the Virginia Racing Commission.  Two of those will discuss re-opening its OTBs in Richmond and Hampton, while the other two will be regarding live racing at the track. This summer, Colonial applied for one racing date in […]

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Report: Colonial Downs Applies For One-Day Race Meet

Colonial Downs in Virginia has filed an application with the state racing commission to conduct one day of all-turf racing – Dec. 3. It’s a move that Frank Petramalo, the executive director of the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, called a “sham”. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the application calls […]

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Virginia Racing Commission Hopeful To See Racing Return In 2015

The Virginia Racing Commission is hopeful horse racing can return to the state – sooner, rather than later. According to an article in the Virginia Gazette, during its meeting May 12 the commission scheduled two additional sessions, on May 28 and June 9, to work through several issues currently facing the racing industry in the […]

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Report: Colonial Downs Withheld Close To $500K in Payments to Virginia HBPA

Colonial Downs, along with its online betting company, EZ Horseplay, have withheld $419,351 in payments to the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (VHBPA) over the past five months, according to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. According to the publication, Colonial Downs officials have argued that the VHBPA shouldn’t receive a cut of the online […]

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Amendment To Virginia Legislation Would Allow OTBs To Reopen

The following note was sent to members of the Virginia Equine Alliance on Wednesday, outlining a proposed amendment to horse racing legislation which has passed the commonwealth’s Senate and General Assembly:   As we reported a few weeks ago, the legislation supported by the Virginia Equine Alliance passed the House and Senate. The legislation is […]

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Virginia Horsemen Working Toward Colonial License Deal

Last fall, Colonial Downs surrendered its license and shut down the track after failing to reach a deal with Virginia horsemen. Now, negotiations are in the works to bring racing back by leasing Colonial and its satellite wagering facilities to the horsemen. “I believe they are negotiating but have not reached a deal,” said J. […]

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