by | 04.19.2018 | 1:52pm

Fans gather to watch the horses parade at Colonial Downs on Virginia Derby Day 2013

The Racing Biz reported this week that the Virginia Racing Commission approved a 2018 schedule of races for Virginia-breds which will not include the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby or Commonwealth Oaks (formerly known as the Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks) as officials await the return of racing to Colonial Downs. The races have taken place at Laurel Park for the last three years, where the majority of the Virginia-bred races shifted following the closure of Colonial Downs in 2014. The pair of races were also shelved for a year around the time Thoroughbred racing left the New Kent track.

A law recently signed by Virginia Gov. Northam will allow historical horse racing in the state, which is expected to signal the return of live racing to Colonial Downs. Jacobs Entertainment is reportedly in the process of working a deal to sell the property to Revolutionary Racing LLC.

The commission approved three dates at Laurel to include Virginia-bred restricted races in the summer and fall, on a similar schedule to 2017.

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