"This can be an eastern Virginia horse show facility. There is a pent up need for that. We need to get back in that business. This in the only place where some people see real live horses," said Brown adding that Secretariat could be immortalized at Meadow Farm in many different ways. ARE also run The Strawberry Hill Races on the third Saturday in April and have held the event at Colonial Downs since 2000. ARE is now in a dilemma about where to hold the steeplechase event balancing the excellent turf course at Colonial with the traditional desire for steeplechase races to be run over "hill and dale". Brown says that the fan base for the Strawberry Hill Races has been supportive at Colonial. "We have to take a hard look at that. We've had such a good relationship with Colonial Downs. John Mooney (general manager of Colonial Downs) has done such a good job for us," said Brown.Development of the State Fair is in the early planning stages and has not received any approvals by county and state agencies.
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