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Colonial Downs To Offer ‘Optimal Takeout Rates’ For 15-Day Meet

Following approval from the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC), Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the Virginia Horse Racing Benevolent and Protective Association (VHPBA), is proud to announce among the lowest industry takeout rates on all wagers for the upcoming Colonial Downs race meeting scheduled to open on August 8. The Colonial Downs Group, which has reestablished […]

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Colonial Downs Meeting Could Include Lower Takeout

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 […]

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Colonial Adds Steeplechase Dates, Putting In New Dirt Surface, Continuing Barn Renovations

Colonial Downs is continuing preparations for its first live meet since 2013 with changes and upgrades to the racetrack facility, according to an item published by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. At Wednesday’s Virginia Racing Commission meeting,The Colonial Downs Group announced the track will host two steeplechase races each Saturday during the 2019 summer meet and […]

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Virginia Equine Alliance Pushing For ‘Regulatory Discretion’ Over Historic Racing Machines

Ahead of a public hearing next week on the arrival of historic horse racing to the state, the Virginia Equine Alliance is advocating for commission discretion over the new machines, according to The Racing Biz. The commission and the state are in the process of trading comments on proposed regulation for historic horse racing, which […]

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Colonial Downs Owners Aim To Open 10 Off-Track Betting Facilities

The new owners of Colonial Downs in Virginia plan to re-open the racing facility in 2019 with financial backing from historical horse racing machines, according to The Breeze. The long-term plan is to operate the maximum-allowed 10 off-track betting facilities across the state, including taking over the four currently in existence, though Virginia Racing Commission officials […]

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Virginia Governor Signs Historic Horse Racing Bill, Issues Directive To Racing Commission

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday signed House Bill 1609, Returning Horse Racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. A statement from the governor’s office stated: The governor was pleased to sign this bill, which will enable the return of horse racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. At the same time, the governor issued an executive […]

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Virginia: Historical Racing Considered ‘Top Priority’ To Revive Racing, Reopen Colonial Downs

Virginia horse racing officials have joined together to push for the legalization of historical racing in the state, believing that the form of casino-style gambling will be important in securing a buyer for Colonial Downs, which has been shuttered since 2014. According to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the language authorizing historical gaming – or instant […]

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VA Racing Commission Approves New ‘Virginia Certified Thoroughbred Program’

The Virginia Racing Commission yesterday (July 6) voted unanimously to allow the Virginia thoroughbred industry to move forward with and fund a new program that is expected to contribute to the long term economic prosperity of Virginia agriculture, and encourage preservation of Virginia farmland. The new Virginia-Certified Thoroughbred Program (VACTP) will reward horsemen who board […]

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Opinion: Odds Against Racing Finding Success In Virginia

The Virginia Equine Alliance recently dropped plans to construct a racecourse for flat racing at Morven Park, which is already the site of a steeplechase course. However, according to The Free Lance-Star, the group is considering another location for a track, the Powhatan Plantation. The publication reports that the site is currently a 1,000-acre farm in King George […]

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Virginia: Plans To Build Flat Racing Track At Morven Park Scrapped, Commission Regrouping

The Virginia Equine Alliance has scrapped plans to build a flat racing track at Morven Park, former home of state Gov. Westmoreland Davis, according to a report by The Racing Biz. Debbie Easter, Virginia Equine Alliance president, said the Alliance realized recently the venue is appropriate for the steeplechase course currently housed there, but the […]

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