VHBPA/Colonial Downs Discussions over Race Days Ongoing

According to VHBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo, a Monday meeting between the VHPBA and Colonial Downs to discuss race days ended in an impasse. The VHBPA has requested eight weeks with four days of live racing per week.  Colonial Downs maintained its intention to run 12 days of racing over four weeks.

The horsemen’s contract for Colonial Downs expires at the end of December and Petramalo indicated that unlike in past years, when the VHBPA extended the contract for a month or two, they would be adhering to the December 31 expiration date due to the disparity in the two parties’ positions. Without a horsemen’s contract, Colonial Downs cannot legally operate its satellite wagering facilities.

The race day issue is on the Virginia Racing Commission’s agenda for its Wednesday meeting. It is expected that the Commission will require further negotiations between the racetrack and the VHBPA.