In spite of individually and collectively voicing disapproval of and disappointment with the status quo with regard to 2014 live racing dates, the VRC renewed the existing situation regarding the Virginia Breeders Fund (VBF) and unanimously approved the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s (VTA) proposal to administer and promote the VBF in 2014. The breeders group has performed that role as a subcontractor of the Virginia Racing Commission since 1997.
Commissioner D.G. Van Clief made the motion after a brief statement thanking everyone involved and noting the quality of the proposals. He noted the decision was difficult because of long-standing personal and working relationships with the parties who submitted the proposals and the two camps that advocated their acceptance.
Appearing somewhat bemused, Van Clief pointed out the two proposals made up a “bifurcated bid by the same organization” noting one participant – the VTA – had long performed the contract under the direction of former Executive Director Glenn Petty who’s Equisport Solutions submitted the other proposal.
Noting the difficult situations facing all of the “institutional stakeholders,” the commission awarded a one year contract to the VTA with pending contract negotiations regarding the various terms and budget.
Van Cief’s motion also passed 5-0.