Charles Town Gets Funds for Barn Surveillance

The West Virginia Racing Commission approved the expenditure Jan. 21.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Jan. 21 received funding to install a camera surveillance system in its barn area and make upgrades to existing equipment.

The funds–almost $200,000–were approved by the West Virginia Racing Commission. The money comes from a capital improvement account funded by revenue from video lottery terminals at racetracks in the state.

Erich Zimny, vice president of racing operations at Charles Town, earlier said the project is long-term. Initially there would be cameras in each shed row, but not in each stall.

In other business, the WVRC granted approval to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort to offer the "Omni" wager, which pays a bettor if he or she has two of the top three finishers on their ticket in any order. The bet was approved for New York Racing Association tracks this year.