Racing Commission Meeting Postponed, Horsemens’ Contract Extended until January 29th

Due to weather concerns, today’s Virginia Racing Commission Commission was postponed after the first appeal hearing. The agenda included discussion of the 2014 race dates at Colonial Downs.

Up to this point, the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Colonial Downs have not been able to reach an agreement on race days for 2014. New Chairman Sarge Reynolds apologized for postponing the rest of the agenda. VHBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo agreed to extend the contract between the VHBPA and Colonial Downs through Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the request of Reynolds.

Up until this point, the VHBPA has requested 8 weeks of racing to include between 24 to 32 race days, while Colonial Downs maintained their original request to the Racing Commission for 12 race days over 4 weekends. Without Reynolds’ requested extension, the thoroughbred signals to Colonial Downs OTBs most likely would have ended at midnight tonight. If an agreement cannot be reached before midnight of Tuesday, January 21, Colonial Downs OTBs will lose their thoroughbred signal, although they could remain open as wagering could be continued on harness racing.