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Board Meeting January 19, 2022

The meeting was called to order by president, Scott Woogen at 7:05 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Those present by phone were: Scott Woogen, Betsy Brown, Anne McDonald, Tyler Shehan, Charles Robbins, Billy Carter, Stacey McLenghan, Jan Nofsinger, and Debbie Warnick. A quorum was declared.

MEETING MINUTES: The minutes from meeting held on November 1, 2021 were reviewed and approved as written.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The treasurer’s report for December 2021 was reviewed.


Item 1. 2022 Early Closer Rules

The Early Closer Rules for 2022 were reviewed. The following changes and/or clarifications to the rules were discussed.

  1. Charted flat line rule should be forty five (45) days.

  2. The first paragraph under race fees, purse schedules and rules should be amended to include prep races in the event that there are not enough horses to need an elimination race.

  3. Purse distribution for elimination, prep, and final races should be changed to distribute all purse money, despite the size of the field. We will follow the USTA rules on this distribution.

  4. Qualifying times will remain as they have been. However, if there is a track allowance posted by the judges at the track where a horse qualifies, this allowance will be accepted.

Scott moved and Stacey seconded that the 2022 Early Closer rules be accepted with these changes. The motion passed unanimously.

Item 2. 2022 Race meet

  1. The Virginia Gold Cup race will be held on October 22nd. There may be a problem with the VRC allowing betting to take place at both the Gold Cup and Shenandoah Downs that day. After some discussion, it was moved and seconded that if the VRC does not allow both events to have wagering on the same day, that we will forego having wagering that day and run an additional day of parimutel racing on Sunday. The motion carried unanimously.

  2. The structure for purse money will be discussed at a future board meeting.

Item 3. 2022 Certified Residency 2022 Foals

It was moved by Scott and seconded by Jan that the bonus money for the 2022 foals participating in the Certified Residency program continue to be $400,000 for the two year old year and $400,000 for the three year old year. The remainder of the funds for all years of the residency program will be put into the Va. Sired Stakes program. The motion passed unanimously.

As there was no further business to be discussed, Scott Woogen adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Warnick

Executive Director

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