Harness Racing at Shenandoah Fairgrounds – 2018 – Race Information

Update as of March 23rd, 2018 — 2018 meet details will be announced shortly here. The meet dates are September 15th thru October 14th.  There will be a special “happy hour” card of racing on Friday October 12th. Generally, racing will take place Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Note that Virginia-bred elimination races (all non-betting) will be held Columbus Day afternoon (Monday October 8th). Finals will be held on another non-betting program Sunday October 14th.  More details for the time being are at vhha.net.
ATTENTION HORSEMEN — if you are interested in competing at the third annual Shenandoah Downs fall harness meet, stall applications will be available soon. There are approximately 150 stalls available. Here is the stall app. link:
If you have any questions, contact Debbie Warnick at 443-463-0917 or e-mail info@vhha.net.
The half mile oval, which was completely renovated in 2016, will also play host to four days of  Shenandoah County Fair harness races (non-betting) two weeks prior top the pari-mutuel meet. Shenandoah Downs is located on the Fairgrounds in Woodstock, which is located halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg off I-81 at Exit 283. 
The meet itself will offer free parking and admission for fans every race day. Betting windows are conveniently located in the grandstand. Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta bets are available each race and can be placed with a teller or via a self bet terminal.


LICENSING INFORMATION – All owners, trainers, drivers, and grooms participating in the Shenandoah Downs races are required to be licensed by the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC).  The easiest way to obtain a license is by going to the Commission’s website at www.vrc.virginia.gov and clicking on “Virginia Racing License” in the upper left hand side of the home page or by clicking here.  You will then see a list of documents including the “Racing Application for Participants”, “General Application Instructions, “Fee Schedule”, and “Credit Cart Verification Form”.  Simply print out the application and complete it by referring to the fee schedule and general instructions.  Once the application is completed, signed, and dated you may either mail it along with the appropriate payment to:

5707 Huntsman Road, Suite 201-B
Richmond, VA 23250

You may also scan the application along with the “Credit Card Verification Form” and email to VRCLicense@VRC.Virginia.gov.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this process, please contact Rhonda Davis at (804) 966-7415.