Applaud Racetrack Owners for Closing Track

Horse Chris Kelly Hurd

Target: Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

Goal: Praise owners of Colonial Downs for closing the racetrack and re-purposing the land.

Virginia’s only racetrack with an unlimited license for betting has now been closed down. The land will now probably become a golf course.

Thankfully, attendance at horse races has been on the decline. The public has become more and more aware of the abuse and horrors that go on behind the scenes of horse racing. Horses trapped in the entertainment industry are typically pushed way beyond their limits and then pumped with drugs so they can keep going. An average of 24 race horses are killed while on the tracks every week in the U.S.

Early last year, Colonial Downs was temporarily shut down due to a drastic drop in attendance. During that time, the owners, Jacobs Entertainment, Inc., mentioned they were considering re-purposing the track for other uses. Thanks to public outcry, the company owners decided to close the track and use the land for something else.

Sign this petition and thank Jacobs Entertainment for listening to the people and closing the racetrack. Many horses will now be spared much pain and suffering.


Dear Mr. Jacobs,

Your company, Jacobs Entertainment, Inc., owns the racetrack Colonial Downs in Virginia. Last year, you closed the track temporarily due to the drop in attendance. During this temporary break, you and fellow employees were deciding whether or not to open the track again or to close the track for good and re-purpose the land. Thankfully, you chose the latter.

In just one week, an average of 24 horses die while on the tracks. Horses are pushed way beyond their limits and pumped with drugs to make them as fast as possible. The horse’s health and well-being is not taken into account. Thankfully, the public is becoming more and more aware of what goes on behind the scenes of horse racing which is most likely the reason for the decline in attendance.

I just want to thank you for deciding to close this race track for good. Not only are the people appreciative of your decision, but the horses are as well. You are showing other companies that there are alternative ways to make money and entertain your customers while not taking advantage of living beings. Hopefully they will soon follow suit.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Chris and Kelly Hurd

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