The National Racing Compact, which has its office at Colonial Downs, has returned to operation after being shut down for six days by Hurricane Isabel.
Signatures are being gathered in the town of Vinton, Virginia to place a referendum on the November ballot for what could be Virginia's first off-track betting center outside of southeastern Virginia.
While many Virginia horsemen were digging out from the President's Day weekend snowstorm, a bill to rework the Virginia Racing Act cleared the floor of the House of Delegates by a 54-42 vote.
A bill that would issue Secretariat License Plates has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly. Proceeds from the plates would go to the development of the Secretariat Museum at Meadow Farm in Doswell, the place of Secretariat's birth.
The Virginia Racing Commission approved Wednesday an application that allows Maryland Racing Inc. to acquire a majority interest of the Colonial Downs operator's license. Maryland Racing is owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. With the approval, Magna Entertainment's purchase of Laurel Park and Pimlico can be finalized.
The Virginia Racing Commission has withheld approval of Colonial Downs' request for 2003 racing dates because it does not keep with a three-year plan prepared by the commission and the racetrack in 2001.
Fresh off of a successful weekend that included the $500,000 Virginia Derby, Colonial Downs officials updated the Virginia Racing Commission July 17 on the progress of its five-week summer meet.
The purse for the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs could rise to as much as $500,000 from $200,000 based on a plan presented to the Virginia Racing Commission March 20.
An attempt to legalize account wagering and expansion of off-track betting outlets in Virginia failed by a one-vote margin on Wednesday.
Broad-based legislation on racing issues passed the House of Delegates General Laws Committee Feb. 28 after two sets of amendments were discussed. The bill patroned by Sen. Kenneth Stolle passed with a 16-3 vote late in the afternoon.
Colonial Downs reported to the Virginia Racing Commission on Wednesday that the plan to privatize Colonial Downs was approved Jan. 10 by shareholders of the company that owns the Virginia track and its off-track betting facilities.
The Virginia Racing Commission may take a more active role in regulating horse racing if the recommendations of a blue-ribbon committee are implemented. The panel suggests a need for more off-track wagering facilities, elimination of a law that mandates 150 live racing dates by 2006, and addition of account wagering.
Tony Chamblin, who resigned earlier this year as president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, has filed lawsuits against two racing commissioners.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) purchased a portable, digital fingerprint machine for the National Racing Compact (NRC) that will aid in streamlining and simplifying the licensing process. The purchase follows a recommendation of an NTRA Task Force to support the national licensing of owners and other industry participants.
Jockey Pat Day was presented with a national jockey's license Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The National Racing Compact began issuing owners' licenses earlier this year.
The drive toward national licensing for the horse industry picked up momentum recently when legislatures in Kentucky and Nebraska voted to join the National Racing Compact, an interstate government entity formed last year and comprised primarily of pari-mutuel regulators.
On the eve of its annual convention, the Association of Racing Commissioners International is again faced with a mass exodus that could threaten its viability. As of Thursday, up to 10 jurisdictions had informed the Lexington-based organization they had defected or would withhold dues pending changes at RCI. At issue is president Tony Chamblin's handling of the organization and its finances, in particular a $50,000 check he is said to have written himself last year. In December, Chamblin's salary and benefits package for the remaining two years of his contract was reduced.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International's board of directors has reduced the salary and benefits package of president Tony Chamblin for the remaining two years of his current contract. Details of the salary and perks changes, which came during a marathon session of the board in Tucson, Arizona, on Thursday, were not immediately available.
Officials will be at Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup to take applications from owners.
The criteria for those who wish to apply for a national owners' licenses has been set by the National Racing Compact, which hopes to accept applications beginning in January of 2001.
The National Racing Compact has adopted criteria for those licensed owners from which it will accept applications beginning in January.
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