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

Pictures From Controlled Burn Of Colonial Downs' Turf Course
April 19, 2019
It's another sign that thoroughbred racing is about to return to Colonial Downs in New Kent! On Tuesday April 16th, a controlled burn took place over the track's 1 1/8 miles Secretariat Turf Course. The fire, a spectacular site at times, took dead cover off the top …Read More »
Sneak Peak At Colonial Downs Rosie's Gaming Center In New Kent
April 19, 2019
The first Rosie's Gaming Emporium, located at Colonial Downs in New Kent, held the first of several preview days on April 18th. This highly anticipated Rosie's will open Tuesday April 23rd at 11 AM with a ribbon cutting set for 10:45 AM. The first 500 attendees will …Read More »
Colonial Downs, Exacta Systems Sign 10-Year Deal On Historical Horse Racing Machines
April 18, 2019
The following appeared in The Paulick Report April 18th. Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent will open its Rosie's Gaming Emporium facility on Tuesday April 23rd at 11 AM. It will feature 600 HHR terminals, live simulcast wagering, restaurant and bar. Details are at www.colonialdowns.com Colonial Downs …Read More »
Scorpiancer Headlines Grade I Gwathmey Handicap Saturday At Middleburg Spring Races
April 16, 2019
The following was written by Don Clippinger and appeared at www.nationalsteeplecase.com. The 99th running of the Middleburg Spring Races is Saturday April 20th at Glenwood Park. Bruton Street-US's Scorpiancer, 2017's Eclipse Award champion, will carry the 158-pound highweight in Saturday's talent-packed edition …Read More »
Colonial Downs To Conduct A Controlled Burn Of The Turf Course Tuesday
April 16, 2019
By NBC12 Newsroom| April 16, 2019 at 2:23 AM EDT - Updated April 16 at 5:23 AM NEW KENT COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Don't worry if you see smoke in the sky along I-64 in New Kent County on Tuesday. An image from last May's turf course …Read More »

Events

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 »
Join us for VA Bred Awards and Virginia Gold Cup, May 3-4, 2019!
April 2, 2019
Virginia Thoroughbred Championship Awards The Virginia Thoroughbred Association and the Virginia Breeders Fund proudly present the annual Virginia Thoroughbred Championship Awards on Friday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7: …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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