Virginia eliminates license fees for racing participants

Posted: Jan. 14, 2020

In an effort to ease the financial burden of horsemen racing in multiple jurisdictions and encourage more horsemen to participate in racing in the state, the Virginia Racing Commission voted unanimously to eliminate license fees effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Colonial Downs, which reopened last year for live racing, is scheduled to offer 18 race dates from July 23-Aug. 29 with a first post time of 5:30 p.m. A Standardbred meet will be held in September and October at Shenandoah Downs.

License forms and instructions are available at the VRC website. Applications can be emailed prior to race meets in order to avoid lines at the commission office.

The licenses are good for three years. All participants must be fingerprinted once upon making their initial application and pay a $30 processing fee; those with a record of being fingerprinted recently in Virginia normally won’t have to go through the process again, the VRC said.

(Colonial Downs photo courtesy of Coady Photography)