Monthly Archives: July 2021

2021 Yearling Futurity – September 8, 2021

2021 VTA Yearling Futurity
September 8, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Warrenton Horse Shows Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia

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‘Time Is Precious!’: Dettori Hoping US-Trained Extravangant Kid Can Land Him Elusive July Cup Victory

The following appeared in The Paulick Report July 9. Virginia businessman David Ross, who races under the stable name DARRS, Inc., is President of the Virginia HBPA and is the winningest owner in the history of Colonial Downs. Ross’s Extravagant Kid makes his third straight start overseas Saturday July 10 at Newmarket. 

Jockey Frankie Dettori is hoping Extravagant Kid can finally fill the only major gap on his British racing CV by landing the Darley July Cup… Continue reading

September 1, 2021 – VA Bred Stakes and 2019-2020 VTA Awards Presentations

September 1st: Virginia-Bred Stakes Day Picnic
& VTA Year End Awards Celebration
Don’t miss the last race card of the 2021 Colonial meet,
including our 5 Virginia-Bred/Sired Stakes.
Join us for a Picnic Lunch
in the General Admission Tent.
Between races help us celebrate
the 2019 and 2020 VTA Year End Champions!
Complimentary lunch begins at 1:00 PM
Post time is 1:45 PM

August 30 – Secretariat Day at Colonial Downs

Secretariat Day at the Races
Monday, August 30 | Colonial Downs


Ticketing is now open for the upcoming Secretariat Day at the Races , Monday August 30 at Colonial Downs racetrack!


Join Kate Tweedy, Leeanne Ladin, Jocelyn Russell and the team on for all the action taking place at the track in New Kent, Virginia. Big Red fans near and far are invited to join this festive gathering for an exploratory conversation to commemorate Secretariat… Continue reading

2021-2022 Call for Nominations to the VTA Board of Directors – Closes August 30

Are you, or a VTA member you know, interested in joining the VTA Board?
The Virginia Thoroughbred Association Board of Directors is comprised of 16 members. Directors are elected for two-year terms, and half of the Board is elected annually.
Board members are expected to attend bi-monthly Board meetings and to participate in VTA events.
If you would like to submit a name for the VTA Board, please respond at the link below, or feel free to contact… Continue reading

August 31 – Virginia Derby Day

August 31st: Virginia Derby Day
Enjoy Derby Day racing and lunch on Colonial Down’s 4th floor. Horsemen will have access to Sky Suites 4 & 5 with a luncheon served in the ballroom. A $75.00 charge includes your admission, meal and drinks, plus you will have all day suite access to view the races.

August 22 – Virginia HBPA, VTA & Colonial Downs 11th Annual Shannon Campbell and Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund Benefit Golf Tournament

Virginia HBPA, VTA & Colonial Downs
11th Annual Shannon Campbell and Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund Golf Tournament
Sunday, August 22 | 1 p.m.
Brickshire Golf Club, New Kent

To register or to sponsor a hole, contact:
Frank Petramalo, Executive Director, VHBPA
703-999-7491 |  

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Kate Tweedy, Daughter of Horse Racing’s “First Lady,” Visits the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs

As preparations continue for the third season of thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs under the ownership of the Colonial Downs Group, another group began initial prep work for an upcoming event at the New Kent track, and it has strong ties to Colonial’s signature racing surface — the Secretariat Turf Course.

Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery Tweedy — who owned the great Secretariat — visited the track last week from her nearby home in Ashland, Virginia to begin planning… Continue reading