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.


Virginia Bets OTBs To Simulcast $12 Million Dubai World Cup On Sat. March 30
March 26, 2019
This Saturday, March 30th, the four Virginia Bets OTBs will offer simulcast wagering on a trio of powerhouse stakes races from Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The OTB lineup that day already includes stakes filled cards at Gulfstream (Florida Derby Day) and Santa Anita (Beholder Stakes Day). Off Track Betting Centers …Read More »
Gambling On Old Horse Races May Seem Like Playing Slots
March 26, 2019
Nate Mize, Director of Marketing for the Colonial Downs Group, demonstrated historiocal horse racing games at the New Kent track. Photo by Daniewl Sangjib Min. The following appeared on March 26th and was written by Graham Moomaw. NEW KENT — Fur coats, piles of cash, convertibles, yachts and …Read More »
$6,000 In Starter Awards Given Out At Warrenton Hunt Point-To-Point Races
March 21, 2019
The spring Point-to-Point season got under way March 16th at the Airlie Resort, which played host to the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point Races on a delightful spring afternoon. Ten races were contested including a side saddle race and a Virginia-bred or sired flat event. It also …Read More »
Secretariat Heritage Center Launched At Meadow Event Park
March 21, 2019
Secretariat Heritage Center Launched to Establish Secretariat's Birthplace as National Tourism Destination The Secretariat Heritage Center, a new 501c3 organization, has been formed to celebrate the legacy of Secretariat and Meadow Stable at The Meadow Event Park. The non-profit has plans to elevate the current Secretariat tour program …Read More »
Colonial Downs To Feature Jump Racing During 2019 Summer Meet
March 14, 2019
The remodeled and reinvigorated Colonial Downs will open its 15-date meet on Thursday, Aug. 8, and will race on a three-day-a-week schedule through Saturday, Sept. 7. Racing will be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with the exception of Labor Day week, when the schedule will be …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 …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 »
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 »
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