(Edited Charles Town Races & Slots Report)
Charles Town Races & Slots and HorseRacing TV have reached a new agreement which will allow the track’s races to be shown live on the network through, at least, the end of the 2009 racing season.
When HRTV began broadcasting races from Charles Town Races & Slots March 18, it marked the first time racing from Charles Town received daily in-home television coverage.
In addition to daily coverage, HRTV will be providing expanded in-studio coverage of the two remaining event days at Charles Town this year. Charles Town Races & Slots “Race for the Ribbon” night, including the inaugural running of the $250,000 Charles Town Oaks will take place August 15. The final event day of the year is set for Oct. 17 as the track hosts West Virginia Breeders’ Classics XXIII.
“We’re excited about continuing the partnership with HRTV,” said Erich Zimny, racing administrator at Charles Town Races & Slots. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the coverage of the Charles Town Classic and Sprint Festival. We think the exposure generated by this full card coverage of the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics could make a huge impact on the event and the people involved.”
Charles Town Races & Slots has scheduled 235 live days for 2009 and currently races Wednesday through Sundays. Sunday racing has a first post of 1 p.m., while the card for all other days kicks off at 7:15 pm. "Race for the Ribbon" night will have a special event first post of 6 p.m. Charles Town’s 2010 live racing calendar and stakes schedule will be released later this year.