Live racing at Charles Town Races and Slots in West Virginia returned Saturday, Sept. 25 after a 12-day hiatus in which the track was forced to cancel eight days their live racing program. The facility was open for simulcasting during the respite.
Jim Buchanan, senior vice president of public relations at the track said that all the repairs have been completed. "Everything seems to be fine," Buchanan said, "we're actually getting hit right now by (hurricane) Gene and the drainage system is working very well."
Interruptions in the schedule resulted from reparations made to correct drainage problems--which track officials feared would cause uneven spots--on the new racing surface just replaced this summer.
Racing was halted for about three weeks in August so the surface could be replaced. Area horsemen had expressed concern about the concrete base that had led to drainage problems in the past. Parent company Penn National Gaming, Inc. had also installed a new lighting system which necessitated digging along the inside rail to install poles and wiring.
Charles Town Racing director Dickie Moore said the Oct. 9 West Virginia Breeders' Classics, a $1-million night of state-bred racing scheduled to feature a $300,000 stakes, a $250,000 stakes, and six $75,000 stakes for various divisions, will go on as scheduled.
"We're back in business," said Moore
Moore said the cancelled Sept. 18 program--featuring the West Virginia Breeders' Classics Prep Stakes, three $40,000 races that traditionally serve as preps for the October Classics--was held on Sunday, Sept 26.