Virginia Business

Virginia Business

Dulles quarantine facility on drawing board

The proposed facility at Dulles Airport would allow horses to be flown to the Washington area without stopping in New York or Miami to be quarantined.

Second Virginia OTB to open

The Virginia Equine Alliance will open its second off-track betting facility January 11 in Richmond.

Virginia commission approves second OTB

The Virginia Racing Commission Tuesday approved a second Richmond-area OTB as the state’s racing industry aims to revitalize its OTB network.

Bill Backer’s lasting legacy

Ad exec-horse breeder-conservationist Bill Backer, who died May 13, was a “renaissance man” whose legacy, friends said, will be felt for generations.

Owner-breeder William Backer passes

William Backer, the superstar advertising executive who was a longtime fixture in Virginia Thoroughbred breeding, has died at age 89.

VRC chief Bernie Hettel to step down

Virginia Racing Commission executive secretary Bernie Hettel will step down, probably by the end of March, the Commission announced.

Midlantic passings

Two longtime, well-known mid-Atlantic horsewomen passed away last week.

VTA stallion auction offers huge variety

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) has nearly 120 stallion seasons on offer for its annual two-day auction, which begins Wednesday.

Colonial Downs to sell off OTB properties

Colonial Downs announced it would sell off the properties of its former OTBs, marking what the company called “the end of an era for Virginia horse racing.”

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