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January 2013 Minutes

Virginia Racing Commission

MINUTES OF THE COMMISSION MEETING

January 16, 2013

HORSEMEN’S BUILDING
COLONIAL DOWNS
10700 HORSEMEN’S ROAD
NEW KENT, VA

In Attendance
Commission Members:
Stuart Siegel, Chairman
J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr., Vice Chairman
Carol G. Dawson
Stran Trout
D.G. Van Clief, Jr.

Commission Staff:
Bernard J. Hettel, Executive Secretary
David S. Lermond, Jr., Deputy Executive Secretary
Kimberly M. Carter, Office Administrator
Joseph M. Roney, Director of Security and Operations
C. Richard Harden, DVM, Equine Medical Director

Attorney General’s Office:
Joshua E. Laws
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At 10:04 a.m., the regular monthly meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) was called to order by Chairman, Siegel. Chairman Siegel welcomed D.G. Van Clief, Jr. to the Commission.

Chairman Siegel opened the floor to nominations for the 2013 Chairman. Vice Chairman Reynolds moved to elect Commissioner Siegel as Chairman. Seconded by Commissioner Stran Trout, the motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Siegel opened the floor to nominations for the 2013 Vice Chairman. Commissioner Siegel moved to elect Commissioner Sarge Reynolds as Vice Chairman. Seconded by Commissioner Carol Dawson, the motion carried unanimously.

The minutes of the regular meeting held on November 7, 2012 were unanimously approved.

During the Breeders Fund Thoroughbred Subcommittee report, Vice Chairman Reynolds read the following motion:

The Thoroughbred Subcommittee recommends the following expenditures from the Thoroughbred portion of the Virginia Breeders Fund for 2013:
1. $500,000 for a VA-bred 100% owner’s bonus program on races run at Colonial Downs with a cap of $10,000 per award;
2. $50,000 towards a 50% VA-bred bonus on the five open non-graded stake races run at Colonial Downs;
3. $50,000 for a $10,000 contribution to each purse of the five VA-bred stake races run at Colonial Downs;
4. $25,000 for year-end stallion awards;
5. $450,000 to $500,000 for year-end breeder awards depending on how much is spent on item #2 above; and
6. $190,000 to the Virginia Thoroughbred Association for the administration of the fund.
Commissioner Dawson moved to approve the Thoroughbred Subcommittee recommendations. Seconded by Vice Chairman Reynolds and unanimously approved.

It was moved by Commissioner Dawson to approve the proposed amendments to Chapters 20, 45, and 180. Seconded by Vice Chairman Reynolds and unanimously approved.

It was moved by Commissioner Dawson to approve the Limited License for Virginia Gold Cup (VGC). The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Reynolds and unanimously approved.

It was moved by Commissioner Dawson to approve applications for renewal of ADW licenses for 2013. The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Sarge Reynolds and unanimously approved.

During public participation, Dr. Dove expressed his concerns regarding the non pari-mutuel Steeplechase races to be held on April 16 at Colonial Downs.

There being no further business, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. was set as the date and time of the next meeting to be held at Horsemen’s Building, 10700 Horsemen’s Road, New Kent, VA. The meeting was then adjourned.


 

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