Virginia Racing Commission rejects Colonial Downs' bid to have 4 days of horse racing in 2016

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RICHMOND, Virginia — The Virginia Racing Commission has rejected a bid by Colonial Downs to have four days of thoroughbred horse racing next year, prompting the track to commit to putting the property to other uses.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports the commission rejected the New Kent County track's proposal Tuesday.

Stan Guidroz of track owner Jacobs Entertainment says he's disappointed with the decision and the company will "work to reposition the property."

An impasse between Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association resulted in the closure of the track and seven off-track betting facilities.

Colonial Downs surrendered its unlimited license a year ago and had sought a limited license and a contract with the Old Dominion Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association before the commission's decision.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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