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

2018 Kiawa Colt Earns Yearling Futurity Grand Champion Honors June 23rd
June 25, 2019
A 2018 bay colt out of Kiowa was named 2019 Futurity Grand Champion at the annual $22,500 Virginia Breeders Yearling Futurity, held June 23rd at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds. The event was sponsored by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and the Virginia Breeders Fund. The Judge for the competition …Read More »
Just Like Mom, Fionnbharr Breaks Maiden In Second Start
June 24, 2019
The following appeared in The Racing Biz and was written by Frank Vespe It took the Royal Academy mare Embarr two tries to break her maiden, which she did at Colonial Downs back in 2011 at odds of 31-1.  In that respect, at least, Fionnbharr looks like a …Read More »
Nearly $73 Million Wagered Last Month At Colonial Downs' New Gaming Emporiums
June 19, 2019
The following piece appeared in the Virginia Mercury publication and was written by Ned Oliver. Clyde DeBoll spent a recent evening at Colonial Downs Gaming Emporium in New Kent. Photo by Ned Oliver. Bettors have responded enthusiastically to Virginia's foray into expanded gambling, wagering $70.8 million last month …Read More »
A Morning Visit To Horseshoe Hill Farm In Ashland
June 17, 2019
Here are some scenes from a peaceful morning in June at Stephanie Nixon's Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland. She currently has about 20 horses that reside on site --- five older, retired horses and another 15 Certified ones that are in the new Virginia Residency Bonus program. "This time of …Read More »
Free General Admission As Racing Returns To Colonial Downs
June 17, 2019
Other Options Available at Various Price Points for Racing Fans Colonial Downs is pleased to announce families are welcome as it offers free general admission to everyone during its upcoming 15-day race meeting, August 8 - September 7. Other seating options are available as tickets went on sale this past …Read More »

Events

2019 Colonial Downs Condition Book
May 31, 2019
Link to Colonial Downs Condition Book …Read More »
Time to Get Your Virginia-Bred, Sired and Certified Yearlings Ready
May 14, 2019
SAVE THE DATE | June 23, 2019 THE $22,500 VIRGINIA YEARLING FUTURITY Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia - 9:00a.m. Entry forms will be maile the last week in …Read More »
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 »
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 »
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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