Virginia: Plans To Build Flat Racing Track At Morven Park Scrapped, Commission Regrouping

The Virginia Equine Alliance has scrapped plans to build a flat racing track at Morven Park, former home of state Gov. Westmoreland Davis, according to a report by The Racing Biz. Debbie Easter, Virginia Equine Alliance president, said the Alliance realized recently the venue is appropriate for the steeplechase course currently housed there, but the type of land resurfacing and extensive work the facility would need to be a flat racing venue is probably beyond the Alliance's budget.

With Morven Park out of the picture, Easter said the Alliance and the Virginia Racing Commission are brainstorming other options for racing in the state. Although the Alliance is getting revenue from the renewal off-track betting activity in Virginia, it's not enough to invest in multi-million dollar projects like building another Colonial Downs.

Easter also acknowledged that Maryland has added dates in recent years while racing at Colonial Downs has been dormant, and that competition could prove challenging for restarting a long-term race meet in Virginia, despite the horsemen's strong relationship with the Stronach Group.

“We just have to figure out where our niche is and where we can be successful,” Easter said. “Just doing the same old thing that everybody else has always done maybe doesn't look like it's working these days in the current Thoroughbred climate. I just think we need to really think about it, make sure as we move forward we're doing what's best for Virginia.”

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