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

Virginia-Bred & Certified Horses At The Timonium Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale
May 18, 2019
Here are Virginia-Bred and Virginia-Certified horses that will appear at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-old sale at Timonium this coming Monday & Tuesday, May 20th and 21st. Hip 90 is a Virginia-bred by Uncle Mo out of Claire's Song.  Top Line Sales is the Consignor. …Read More »
Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale May 20-21 At Timonium
May 18, 2019
Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training catalogue now online Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 600 entries for its Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.  “We will have a barn area full …Read More »
Doug Daniels' Shelly Island Kicks Off Preakness Card At Pimlico With A Win
May 18, 2019
Congratulations to Virginia horse owner Douglas Daniels, whose three-year-old gelding Shelly Island kicked off Preakness day festivities at Pimlico with a big win the first race! Shelly Island (inside) defeats Cyclobomb (outside) in the first race at Pimlico on Preakness Day. Photo by Jim McCue. The son of …Read More »
Catholic Boy Back To Turf For Seasonal Debut In Grade 2 Dixie
May 16, 2019
The following appeared in The Paulick Report on May 16th. Trainer Jonathan Thomas, a Virginia native and son of Virginia Equine Alliance Track Superintendent John Dale Thomas, will send his star horse Catholic Boy out in Saturday's Grade 2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico. The race is part of a …Read More »
Derby Day Provides Glimpse of Exciting Future For Horse Racing In Virginia
May 14, 2019
With two Colonial Downs - Rosie's Gaming Emporium sites up and running in New Kent and Vinton and two more planned to open this year in Richmond (June) and Hampton (fall), the Virginia horse racing industry continues its rebirth in grand fashion.  The recent Kentucky Derby Day festivities at Rosie' …Read More »

Events

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 a.m. CLASSES:$7,500 Virginia-Bred or Sired Yearling Colts$ …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 »
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 and …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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