The Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA)
is a 501(c)(5) organization dedicated to promoting the Thoroughbred horse in the Commonwealth and to serve as an advocate for its contributions to the state’s agribusiness economy, as well as to the racing and breeding industry.

News

Meadow Event Park To Host Secretariat Birthday Celebration On March 30th
February 19, 2019
The Meadow Event Park, historic birthplace of the 1973 Triple Crown champion in Caroline County, will present the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 30 with an array of festivities that will include a 50th birthday tribute to stablemate Riva Ridge. The 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner …Read More »
Mid February Photo Update Of Progress At Colonial Downs
February 18, 2019
Below are some pictures showing progress updates at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent from a February 15th visit. The track will reopen in late April with their Rosie's Gaming Emporium project, which features live simulcast horse racing and 600 or so historical horse racing terminals. Live thoroughbred racing …Read More »
Off To The Races Radio Show Makes Its 2019 Debut Saturday February 16
February 15, 2019
Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network will make its 2019 debut on Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.. Saturday's show will feature a bumper crop of great guests. Those include Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra and John Marshall, general manager of the …Read More »
Colonial Downs, VA HBPA Pledge TAA Contributions
February 15, 2019
The following appeared in Thoroughbred Daily News February 13th. Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have each pledged $15 per starter at the 2019 Colonial Downs meet to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Colonial Downs will hold 15 live days of racing with opening day Aug. …Read More »
Simulcast Wagering & Historical Racing Approved For New Kent & Vinton Sites At Feb. 14 VRC Meeting
February 14, 2019
Approvals for simulcast wagering and historical horse racing at future Rosie's Gaming Emporium sites at Colonial Downs in New Kent and in Vinton were approved this morning by the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) at its monthly meeting in downtown Richmond. Aaron Gomes, COO of the Colonial Downs Gaming Group, …Read More »

Events

John Marshall Talks About Colonial's Plans for the 2019 Race Meet on the Steve Byk Show
December 21, 2018
Senior Vice President and General Manager John Marshall of Colonial Downs talks about the 2019 race meet on the Steve Byk show.  John lays out the plans for racing …Read More »
Virginia Racing Commission Meeting, February 14th
December 11, 2018
The next meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission is scheduled for Thursday February 14th at 10:00 AM, in Courtroom B of the Tyler Building, located at 1300 East Main …Read More »
STALLION AUCTION SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH, 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
November 6, 2018
Looking for great deals on seasons for your 2019 matings?  Be sure to participate in the VTA's annual stallion season auction, held February 12th and 13th. It' …Read More »
Thoroughbred Auction