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

Training Begins at Colonial Downs Ahead of 18 Day Season That Kicks Off July 27
July 13, 2020
With the return of live racing to Colonial Downs just two weeks away, trainers from Tampa Bay Downs were amongst the initial conditioners to arrive on the backstretch which opened recently. As a light rain shower passed through the area, the first horses made their way onto the mile and …Read More »
Colonial Downs Team Member Brings Youthful Passion To The New Kent Race Office
July 11, 2020
When horses break out of the starting gate July 27 for the season's first race at Colonial Downs, Alex Sausville will add another check mark to the long list of tracks where he has seen live racing. The New Kent, Virginia, oval will mark number 70. And when you …Read More »
Marsha Hudgins Brings Business Background To New Racing Commissioner Role
July 6, 2020
Marsha Hudgins, owner and CEO of Hudgins Contracting Corporation, has been appointed newest Commissioner of the five person Virginia Racing Commission (VRC), joining Chairman D.G. Van Clief Jr., Vice-Chairman Stuart Siegel, J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr., and Stephanie Nixon. The VRC's mission is to promote, sustain, grow and …Read More »
Colonial Downs To Open 2020 Thoroughbred Meet On July 27 With Limited Spectator Attendance
July 3, 2020
New Monday thru Wednesday Evening Schedule   Stall demand exceeds supply  NEW KENT, Va. (July 3, 2020) - Officials of Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, today announced that its 2020 Thoroughbred meeting would begin on Monday, July 27, with provisions for a limited number of spectators in attendance  …Read More »
Samantha Randazzo Is Well Prepared For Safety Compliance Officer Role at Colonial Downs 
July 2, 2020
When the stable area at Colonial Downs Racetrack opens July 13, Samantha Randazzo will begin her first stint as a Safety Compliance Officer, a job that is part of the new Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to reduce equine fatalities. Her "Best Practices" position focuses on 23 different responsibilities to ensure …Read More »

Events

2020 Virginia Gold Cup, June 27, 2020, 10 am - 6 pm, Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia
June 18, 2020
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2020 Colonial Downs Schedule
June 16, 2020
July 23 - Opening Day of Virginia Bred Stakes Races August 28 - Virginia Bred Stakes Race September 1 - Derby Day at Colonial Downs …Read More »
2020 Kentucky Derby Day at Virginia's OTBs, September 5
June 14, 2020
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2020 VTA Yearling Futurity, September 9, 2020, 9 am - 1 pm, Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia
June 12, 2020
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2020 Foxfield Races, October 4, 2020, Charlottesville, Virginia
June 10, 2020
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Racing in Virginia