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 Horse Racing Economic Impact Study To Be Conducted
August 5, 2020
Attention Virginia Farm/Training Center Owners: The Virginia Equine Alliance has contracted with Chmura Economics & Analytics to put together an economic impact study on horse racing in the Commonwealth. The findings will provide valuable data that can be utilized in many ways including future legislative initiatives. All Virginia farm owners …Read More »
Colonial's Wednesday Race Card Taken Off the Turf; Post Time Moved Up To 5:00 PM
August 5, 2020
Races tonite (Wednesday August 5) at Colonial Downs will be taken off the turf and held over the dirt track, and post time has been moved up to 5:00 PM from its originally scheduled 5:30 PM start time. Seven of the nine races were scheduled to be run …Read More »
Jockey Trevor McCarthy Has Five Wins Sunday at Colonial Downs
August 3, 2020
Jockey Trevor McCarthy reached the winners circle five times Sunday evening at Colonial Downs and in doing so, powered past Forest Boyce to take over top spot in the track's rider standings. The 26-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware won the jockey title at Colonial last year as …Read More »
Meet Jump Race Titan Peter Howe & His Daughter Jill Byrne, Colonial VP of Racing Operations
August 2, 2020
The following was written by Betsy Burke Parker and appeared in an e-mail newsletter to the steeplechase community. The theme is “Legends of Steeplechasing” and title is, “Jill Byrne: The story of me and my Dad & how it come to be that I am here at Colonial Downs”. A …Read More »
Eagle Point Farms' What The Beep Wins Camptown Stakes at Colonial
August 2, 2020
What the Beep pulled off an upset with a one-length victory over heavy favorite Tan and Tight in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes for Virginia-bred or -sired fillies and mares July 29 at Colonial Downs. The homebred daughter of Great Notion was ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer …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