Board Meeting February 7, 2022
The meeting was called to order by president, Scott Woogen at 7:30 p.m.
ROLL CALL: Those present by phone were: Scott Woogen, Anne McDonald, Tyler Shehan, Charles Robbins, Billy Carter, Stacey McLenghan, Jan Nofsinger, and Debbie Warnick. A quorum was declared.
MEETING MINUTES: The minutes from the meeting held on January 19, 2022 were reviewed and approved as written.
TREASURER’S REPORT: The treasurer’s report for January 2022 was reviewed.
Item 1. 2022 Race Dates
Charlie Robbins reported that some logistic problems with the extended race meet were discussed at the recent planning meeting. Some of the problems are: conflict with the Gold Cup which means that the VRC will not oversee that weekend of racing; cold weather proofing the crow’s nest; early dark on Fridays; personnel problems due to other tracks opening. It was suggested that we look at only racing five weeks, but race three days per week. After much discussion, it was decided that we would leave the schedule the way it is and the planning committee will figure out how to deal with the issues.
Item 2. Breeders Fund dates
One of the questions that the planning committee had concerned the day of the Breeders finals. There was discussion about whether the finals should be split between Friday and Saturday on the last weekend or held all on Saturday. It was agreed that we should have a day of champions and race all the finals on the last Saturday like it was done in the past. The Breeders’ Fund dates will be as follows:
Oct 21- 3yo trot eliminations
Oct 22- 3 yo pace eliminations
Oct 28- 2 yo trot eliminations
Oct 29- 2 yo pace eliminations
Nov 5- All finals and aged races
Item 1. 2023 Spring Meet
We discussed expansion of racing during 2023. It was suggested that we plan on adding a spring meet at Shenandoah. We can race fourteen days under each license that exists. It was agreed that we would like to race seven weeks in the spring and seven weeks in the fall. Racing would be on Fridays and Saturdays both meets. Debbie will talk to the fair and see if there are seven consecutive weeks available in the spring.
As there was no further business to be discussed, Scott Woogen adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.