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

Whenever It Gets the Go-Ahead, Rosie's Bets On Safe Reopening - By Invitation, With Masks
May 21, 2020
The following article appeared on richmond.com May 20 and was written by Michael Martz.  Colonial Downs Group is ready to enter the starting gate for reopening Rosie's Gaming Emporiums in Richmond and three other Virginia localities, but it plans to run a much different business than before the …Read More »
On Line Betting Handle In Virginia Is Up 23% So Far In 2020
May 20, 2020
There may not be any fans trackside, but mainstay ovals like Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Oaklawn that host late winter/early spring meets have been posting record betting handles the past two months solely from on line wagering. Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs --- lesser known tracks to …Read More »
Top 2019 Virginia-Owned Horse Bellafina Returns to Winners Circle At Santa Anita
May 18, 2020
The following appeared in bloodhorse.com May 17 and was written by Meredith Daugherty. Bellafina, who won the Desert Stormer Stakes, earned Top Virginia-Owned Horse honors in 2019. The Kentucky-bred filly is co-owned by Virginia businessman Kaleem Shah who previously won this category in 2015 with Dortmund. …Read More »
Catching Up With Virginia Owner/Breeder Anne Tucker & Her 2013 Colonial Downs "Horse of the Meet" Boltin' Out
May 15, 2020
When Anne Tucker's prize horse Boltin Out won the Punch Line Stakes, two allowance races and Horse of the Meet honors at the 2013 Colonial Downs thoroughbred season --- it's final one before a six year hiatus --- it provided an exclamation point to a 15-plus year legacy as …Read More »
Montpelier Hunt Races Provide a Homecoming Environment For 18,000 Attendees
May 11, 2020
For over eight decades, the Montpelier Races have been a staple on the National Steeplechase Association's (NSA) annual calendar. Held at the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the U.S., the 86th running is scheduled to take place this coming November 7. The property, located four …Read More »

Events

2020 Virginia Gold Cup Races- June 27th New Proposed Date
March 15, 2020
As of May 1st, it is still unclear if we will have steeplechase racing in Virginia this spring. Ongoing talks with the Administration will determine if the proposed racing at …Read More »
2020 Colonial Downs Schedule
March 14, 2020
Join us this summer at Colonial Downs for LIVE RACING! Details for the the following VTA event days will be updated as we get closer to opening day. July 23 - …Read More »
2020 VTA Yearling Futurity
March 13, 2020
September 2, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Warrenton Horse Shows Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia …Read More »
2020 International Gold Cup
March 12, 2020
October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia …Read More »
Racing in Virginia