Mark Russell's popular 8-year-old gelding Russell Road, who hadn't won since May, turned the tables on heavy favorite Lucy's Bob Boy to win the West Virginia Breeders' Classic Oct. 18 for the third time in his career.
One More Time flew to an open-lengths victory in his career debut July 5 in the second race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and became the first winner for freshman sire Charitable Man.
Starlet of Mine made all the pace and romped to an open-lengths triumph June 21 in the fourth race at Charles Town, becoming the first winner for Central Kentucky sire Discreetly Mine.
Imperative pounced on a softened-up Game On Dude rounding the final turn and proved best in the drive to land a $1 million payday at odds of 26-1 in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 19 at Charles Town Races.
His reputation restored with a superb win in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Game On Dude looks for a repeat victory in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) the night of April 19 at Charles Town Races.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea, who was expected to race in the upcoming Charles Town Classic (gr. II), spiked a fever the week of April 7 and will miss a couple weeks of training, according to trainer Bill Mott.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled its live racing program scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, due to the expected harsh weather conditions.
Oaklawn has canceled its Thursday, Feb. 6 card because of below freezing temperatures. Severe winter weather conditions have also forced the cancellation of live racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Due to the winter weather having moved through the region Feb. 3 and anticipated for the evening of Feb. 4, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has cancelled its live racing program scheduled for Tuesday.
Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys will be learning the latest information about health and safety issues, especially related to concussions, during the 2014 Jockeys' Guild Assembly Jan. 26-28 in Hollywood, Fla.
Maryland-based trainer Christopher Grove is targeting the "absolute insurer rule" in an appeal he has filed in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County in Charleston, W.Va.
Fred High, making his third attempt in the rich West Virginia Breeders' Classic Stakes, upended previous winners Russell Road and Lucy's Bob Boy to post a mild upset at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Oct. 19.
Lucy's Bob Boy looks to defend his crown on the night of Oct. 19 as he takes his spot in a full gate of 10 horses for the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic, headline event at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
A trainer who won her appeal of a 2008 ejection from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was ejected again by the same racetrack for an unrelated violation and has appealed that action.
Grade II winner Halo Dolly looks for her first victory of the year while carrying top weight of 120 pounds in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 28, the first graded stakes of the Betfair Hollywood Park meet.
Dance to Bristol, giving the biggest effort of her career, waltzed to a nine-length romp in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 20.
A West Virginia-based trainer has been deemed ineligible for a license, and three others were suspended in connection with alleged use of "program trainers" at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Trainer Bob Baffert plans to run two-time Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Game On Dude in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 20, according to the Santa Anita Park publicity office.
The simulcast television feed for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will run informational slates that feature retired racehorses available for adoption.
Due to a winter storm blanketing the East Coast, racing has been canceled March 6 at Laurel Park.
While a recent positive for Nikethamide is the first in more than a decade in U.S. racing, the dangerous nature of the Class I drug has the attention of regulators.
Stewards at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have suspended trainer Christopher Grove for six months and fined him $5,000 for a major drug violation in a July race.
After starting a successful partnership in 2009, CANTER Mid-Atlantic continues to receive grant funding from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, enabling its ongoing program and mission to find homes for ex-racers.
Oft-sanctioned owner/trainer Scooter Davis and trainer Doug Shanyfelt have been banned from Charles Town Races and the West Virginia Racing Commission is reviewing evidence against both horsemen.
Due to the expected high winds and cold weather in the area on the evening of Friday, Feb. 1, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled its scheduled live racing program.
Members passed a resolution supporting The Jockey Club's Reformed Racing Medication Rules including a two-category medication system, progressive points-style penalties, and reciprocity among jurisdictions.
Cold weather continues to plague West Virginia, where Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has announced it is canceling its its Jan. 26 night card, the third consecutive program lost.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races canceled its evening live program Jan. 24 after two races and will not hold live racing as scheduled on Friday, Jan. 25.
Prominent New York horse owner Robert LaPenta has purchased a significant interest in grade I winner Jeranimo from owner B.J. Wright.
Three Thoroughbred tracks comprising much of the nighttime simulcast market over the next few months have announced a coordinated plan to reschedule their post times beginning with live racing on Dec. 26.
Riders from across the U.S. plan to discuss racetrack contributions, membership, and health, safety, and insurance issues when they gather for the 2013 Jockeys' Guild Assembly in Hollywood, Fla. Jan. 28-29.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will race 235 days from Jan. 2 through Dec. 28 in 2013.
Lucy's Bob Boy left odds-on pick Russell Road and the rest behind on the final turn en route to an eight-length romp in the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Oct. 20.
Charles Town trainer Ronney Brown saddled his 2,000th lifetime winner when Twenty Hawks captured the West Virginia Governor's Cup on the night of Oct. 19.
Russell Road will try to overcome a two-month layoff as he aims for his third victory in the West Virginia Breeders' Classic as the 2-1 morning line favorite on the night of Oct. 20 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Favored Book Review, invading from New York for trainer Chad Brown, took down the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks with a big sweeping move from the back of the pack on the night of Sept. 22 at Charles Town.
Book Review, disappointing when seventh as the second choice in last month's Test Stakes (gr. I), is the mild 3-1 favorite in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks Sept. 22 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Wagering at Penn National Gaming's Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred tracks continued to show signs of growth in July, with both Penn National and Charles Town reporting an increase in a
Sum of the Parts, taking the lead shortly after the start, led at every pole to capture the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths in an upset at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on the night of June 30.
Due to anticipated heat in the region and temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 90's, Charles Town has canceled its afternoon card scheduled for July 1. The June 30 Sprint Festival will go on as scheduled.
With Hansen expected to bow out of the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes June 30, the seven-furlong test of 3-year-olds at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races shapes up as an evenly-matched contest of nine.
Revised regulations adopted by the West Virginia Racing Commission would allow the agency to take action against permit holders found to have knowingly sold a horse for slaughter.
One year after registering his most lucrative victory, Duke of Mischief returns to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to defend his title in West Virginia's $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 14.
It appears the $1 million Charles Town Classic, which ended up being a key race in the older horse division last year, will attract a full field of 10 for its fourth running April 14 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
The World Series of Handicapping at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, originally planned for Saturday, April 30, has been rescheduled for the fall.
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