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.


Jill Byrne Named Vice-President Of Racing At Colonial Downs
January 22, 2019
Colonial Downs Group (CDG) welcomes Jill Byrne home as she joins the team that will be returning Thoroughbred racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia through the resurgence of Colonial Downs. The Charlottesville native will be vice president of racing with the Colonial Downs Group. Ms. Byrne joins Colonial Downs from …Read More »
Virginia-Breds Well Represented On Oaklawn's Opening Day Card Jan. 25
January 22, 2019
Virginia-bred horses will be well represented on Oaklawn's opening day card this Friday, January 25th. Both Forloveofcountry and Boldor will compete in the featured race --- the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes --- which is one of four key Derby preps they host in their prestigious winter/early spring meet. …Read More »
And They're Off: Hampton Council Approves Off Track Betting Facility
January 10, 2019
The following appeared in January 9th and was written by Lisa Vernon Sparks. A near 24-hour off-track betting facility is coming to Hampton as soon as late summer. Hampton City Council Wednesday evening approved a use permit, plus an amendment for extended hours, to allow …Read More »
Colonial Downs To Donate $500,000 Over 5 Years To Richmond Elementary School
January 10, 2019
The following appeared in The Paulick Report January 9th. The Colonial Downs Group today announced that it will donate $500,000 over the first five years of its active operations in the city of Richmond to Miles Jones Elementary School. The school is located near the soon to open Rosie' …Read More »
Legendary Crump Still In Love With Horses
January 9, 2019
The following piece appeared in The Paulick Report January 9th and is a feature on Diane Crump, the first female rider in history who now lives in Northern Virginia and makes her living as a horse "agent" of sorts.  Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Legendary Crump Still In …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 »
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 »
Jonathan Thomas Seminar Videos From August 29th
August 29, 2018
We had a record number of entries and a great turn out for the Yearling Futurity on August 29th. Jonathan Thomas was kind enough to judge our entries during the …Read More »
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