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

Colonial Downs Opens Barn Area July 25th With $500,000 In Daily Purse Structure, Horsemen Incentives
July 22, 2019
The following appeared on the Colonial Downs website. With the barn area opening just one week from today, July 25, anticipation is running high for 2019 Colonial Downs race meeting after a six-year hiatus of flat racing in Virginia, highlighted by the enthusiastic arrival of trainers across the Middle …Read More »
Colonial Downs' Jeff Wingrove Strives To Create Top Notch Experience For Horsemen & Fans
July 17, 2019
In the time that thoroughbred racing last took place at Colonial Downs in 2013 to the time a new era will be ushered in six years later on August 8th, one constant has remained through the regime change and down time.  Jeff Wingrove started working at Colonial in 2005 …Read More »
Kentucky Derby Winner & Virginia-Bred Sea Hero Dies In Turkey At Age 29
July 14, 2019
The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 14th. Sea Hero, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Derby, has died in Turkey from the infirmities of old age, according to a report from the Turkish Jockey Club. He was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner at 29 years old. Born in …Read More »
Colonial Downs "Good News Story" Byrne Tells Commission
July 12, 2019
The following appeared in The Racing Biz and was written by Nick Hahn. On Wednesday, July 10, stakeholders provided one of their last formal updates to the Racing Commission prior to the August 8 re-opening of Colonial Downs. In other words: they're into the stretch! Jill Byrne, Colonial' …Read More »
Colonial Downs Names Turf Course After Secretariat
July 9, 2019
Colonial Downs Partners with Tweedy Family to Spotlight Virginia Native Son, 1973 Triple Crown Winner and Racing Champion Colonial Downs Group announced today plans to name its turf course for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. A name synonymous with the sport of Thoroughbred racing, Secretariat was born at Meadow Stable …Read More »

Events

2019 Colonial Downs Condition Book
May 31, 2019
Link to Colonial Downs Condition Book …Read More »
Time to Get Your Virginia-Bred, Sired and Certified Yearlings Ready
May 14, 2019
SAVE THE DATE | June 23, 2019 THE $22,500 VIRGINIA YEARLING FUTURITY Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia - 9:00a.m. Entry forms will be maile the last week in …Read More »
2019 Colonial Downs Stakes Schedule
April 12, 2019
The 2019 Colonial Downs stakes schedule was released today. Stakes for Virginia-bred and sired horses are featured on both opening and closing weekends. The highlight of the meet is …Read More »
Listen to Steve Byk's Interview with Colonial Down's John Marshall and Jill Bryne
March 18, 2019
Steve Byk caught up with Colonial Down's Executive Vice-President John Marshall and Vice-President of acing Jill Bryne while they were at the National HBPA convention in Tampa …Read More »
Virginia Racing Commission Meeting, May 22nd
December 11, 2018
The next meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission is scheduled for Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM, in Courtroom B of the Tyler Building, located at 1300 East …Read More »
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