05/20/2014 2:00PM

Virginia extends Colonial deadline

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The Virginia Racing Commission has extended a deadline to Thursday for Colonial Downs and Virginia’s horsemen to come to an agreement on a live race meet this year, according to the executive director of the commission.

The deadline was extended from Monday, when the Virginia Racing Commission had first mandated the two sides reach a deal. Bernie Hettel, the executive director of the commission, said the commission agreed to extend the deadline because the two sides were making progress toward an agreement.

“I’m encouraged,” Hettel said Tuesday. “I’ve spent most of the morning talking to both sides.”

Colonial and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have been sparring all year over the proper length for a race meet this year. Colonial has favored a six-day, two-week meet, while horsemen have pressed for a 25-day meet spread over five weeks.

In early May, the commission approved a 25-day meet at the track, the same dates as last year, and told the two sides to reach a live racing agreement with those dates by May 19. The commission has said that it needs to set the 2014 schedule soon in order to fill commission positions that will be necessary for a live meet.

maurice cooper More than 1 year ago
they haven't had a true racing season since they open it up it's just asham why out youner they should put airport there than that money but what they got is a onesided deal look at what going on there not racing it was built for tax money down the drain as with it no form just paper it wroth the drive to get what one want's soorry for the pepole that work there who has ever herd of burning the infield other things that are not horse racing been a long trip but it must come to a end they just hurting any thing they had going maybe in 4 years it might come back with price they charge you should get better no why the people are fine where i was at but other place they had it take it or leave it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wake up This is a racetrack the owners bought this to have horse racing Do they have another plan or will they let the property crumble
maurice cooper More than 1 year ago
they should put the racing form in there and not that 1.25 program with pearson dealership every where let him pay for every thing the horseman and the emploree are out in the cold they can.t take there stuff there and back home in two weeks it.s not worth it there should be longer meet oh colonial has other things plan for the track but not what it was built for shut it down let penn take it over they show you how it done look at md 10 year deal rebuilding every thing
mikey More than 1 year ago
Each side does not trust the other.Tracks and horsemen are as greedy as they come.This is a meet the world cane live without.Shame the barn workers and track people who need the $$ will get hurt the most.Horsemen have plenty and so do the owners.