VA RACING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

The Virginia Racing Commission meeting scheduled for tomorrow, January 29th, has been  cancelled because of weather concerns.

The weather previously interrupted the Commission schedule on January 22 when the January 21 deadline for Colonial Downs and VA HBPA to work out an arrangement for 2014 live racing days. That extension expires on tomorrow.

Up to this point, the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Colonial Downs have not been able to reach an agreement on race days for 2014. VA HBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo agreed to extend the contract between the VA HBPA and Colonial Downs through Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the request of Reynolds.

The VA HBPA has requested eight weeks of racing to include between 24 to 32 race days, while Colonial Downs has maintained their original request to the Racing Commission for 12 race days over four weekends. Without the extension granted at the truncated January 22 meeting, the Thoroughbred signals to Colonial Downs OTBs would have ended  although the facilities could remain open as wagering could be continued on harness racing. The compromise extension expires tomorrow.

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