Released: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

In a recent news article, Governor Ralph Northam feels Virginians should be “open minded” about bringing casinos to Virginia. When the bill allowing historical horse racing was promoted, Executive Director Eddy Aliff became concerned that this was the intent all along. “Since horse racing began in Virginia in 1988, it never reached the level needed to sustain the horse industry in Virginia. Colonial Downs stopped horse racing over four years ago. With a buyer in sight, it seems legislators were willing to do anything to get Colonial Downs back open. And I see it as an incremental effort to bring casinos to Virginia. VAIB has always opposed gambling and will continue to do so. The ill-effects of gambling are not worth the money that will come into the state’s coffers.” You can read the news article here: