At the check presentation (from left) Fauquier SPCA President Sharon Maloney, Virginia Gold Cup Association Director of Racing Alfred C. Griffin (hold Otis), Gold Cup Executive Director Diane Jones, Gold Cup Race Chairman and Chairman William Allison and Debbie Easter, interim president of the Virginia Equine Alliance.
The VEA, a non-profit, formed to launch a new series of horse races in Virginia. Charities have the opportunities to raise funds through their participation at VEA flat races. The first race of the Virginia Downs Racing series took place Sunday, Sept. 20, at Great Meadow near The Plains. All ticket proceeds from the event went to the SPCA, whose volunteers also directed parking.
VEA plans four to six more flat race meets next year at Great Meadow. This group receives some of the state’s betting proceeds to put money back into the horse industry and local charities. It resulted from the closing Colonial Downs, whose owner has filed a lawsuit against the state racing commission as the dispute over the number of racing days continues.
The VEA includes the Virginia Gold Cup Association, the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.