Multiple stakes winner Russell Road, who ranks second in all-time earnings for a West Virginia-bred, has been retired.
Due to anticipated extreme winter weather, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled live racing for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23. Other tracks have canceled at least Friday.
Already a three-time stakes winner this season, Sarah Sis will try to add the $350,000 Charles Town Oaks (gr. III) Sept. 19.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) is now on the radar as a next possible start for champion Shared Belief.
In anticipation of extreme winter conditions including single-digit wind chill temperatures, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack for Thursday, Feb. 19.
Equine Encore Performance at Charles Town reported assisting with the placement of 54 horses from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races during its first year of operation.
Citing winter weather conditions in the region, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have canceled their Thursday evening, Feb. 5 cards.
Because of inclement weather that moved through the area this week, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled its March 5 live racing program. Also, the final six races of the card at Laurel Park were canceled.
Extreme cold forced Aqueduct Racetrack, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Penn National Race Course, and Turfway Park to cancel their Friday, Jan. 24 race cards.
Parx Racing said live racing was canceled for Dec. 23-24, making the ninth and 10th lost programs in December.
Donald D. Smith, a longtime Mid-Atlantic-based jockey and winner of more than 1,500 races, died Oct. 17 at the age of 69.
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.
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.
West Virginia racing stewards have suspended Randy Wehrman for two years because of integrity issues raised after the former Charles Town Races racing secretary received an alleged $700 loan from a local horseman.
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.
A West Virginia circuit court judge has rejected an attempt by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to keep the West Virginia Racing Commission from holding hearings for individuals who want to appeal ejections.
Favored Russell Road won the West Virginia Breeders' Classic for the second time in his career Oct. 15, sweeping past pacesetter Plantation and holding steady for a two-length victory in the $450,000 event at Charles Town.
An intriguing field of 10 head by Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Game On Dude has been entered for the $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. III), the first graded stakes in the almost 80-year history of Charles Town.
Penn National Gaming Inc. posted a jump of seven cents per share for the third quarter Oct. 26, in part due to higher revenues from its Charles Town Races operation.
- By Tom LaMarra
Officials were meeting the morning of Oct. 1 to discuss ongoing problems with the racing surface that have led Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia to again cancel racing for at least another week.
- By Tom LaMarra
Live racing at Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia remains up in the air as work continues to correct a reported drainage problem on a racing surface just replaced this summer.
Bad weather forced the cancellation of live racing cards at Philadelphia Park, Beulah Park and Charles Town Races Saturday.
Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: Nasdaq) today reported record third quarter results for the period ended September 30.
- By Tom LaMarra
Industry representatives in West Virginia met by teleconference Oct. 15 to devise emergency rules to govern use of adjunct bleeder medications and to ban the practice of blood-doping.
- By Tom LaMarra
Management and horsemen at Charles Town Races are discussing plans to expand the six-furlong racing surface and perhaps hold races at neighboring Shenandoah Downs during the upgrade.
Charles Town Races, which came back from the dead with the introduction on video lottery terminals in the late 1990s, will offer more than $1 million in purses this weekend in conjunction with the West Virginia Breeders Classics.
- By Tom LaMarra
Horsemen support a plan by Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort to implement account wagering, but they're at odds with management over purse payments and have asked the West Virginia Racing Commission to mediate.
Gaming machines at Charles Town Races and expansions at Mississippi casinos helped Penn National report record revenue and earnings for the second quarter ending June 30.
The owner of the Charles Town Races & Slots doesn't like the idea of adding table games to West Virginia's four racetracks, and Gov. Bob Wise isn't ready to embrace the idea either.
Penn National Gaming will pay a $1 million settlement to a Las Vegas casino company that was suing over the casino rights to Charles Town Races.
Travis Dunkelberger returned to Aqueduct March 7, nearly a month after he suffered cracked ribs in a frightening spill. Dunkelberger rode five horses, and won the day's finale on wire-to-wire winner Dancingintherain.
Penn National Gaming has received permission Thursday from the West Virginia Lottery Commission to expand its slot machines at Charles Town Races by 1,500.
Showboat Development has reportedly re-filed in Pennsylvania a lawsuit related to the operating rights of slot machines at Charles Town Races. A similar lawsuit filed in Nevada last year was dismissed Jan. 25 because of a lack of jurisdiction.
A Nevada court on Jan. 25 dismissed a lawsuit that attempted to label Charles Town Races as a casino and force racetrack owner Penn National Gaming to pay a management fee to a previous owner of the track. The suit, which was filed by Showboat Development, was dismissed on the grounds that case should be heard in West Virginia, where the track is located.
Penn National Gaming reported a 67.3% increase in revenue and a 52.5% increase in net income for the third quarter. In other news, the company is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Charles Town Races by Showboat Development over the rights to operate slot machines and video lottery terminals at the company's West Virginia racetrack. If the case is not dismissed, Penn National wants the case moved out of Nevada to a West Virginia court.
Sam Huff is better known for his career as a pro football player, but he's also a Thoroughbred owner with a real passion for the game. This year, he realized a dream when total purses for the West Virginia Breeders Classics series hit $1 million.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association claims the racing office at the West Virginia track isn't adhering to a "preference date system" in the track's condition book, and in turn is favoring horses stabled in other states at the expense of local horsemen. Management says it sees no real problem with the manner in which races are drawn.
The Eight Classics races will be run Saturday, Oct. 13. The night before, three $50,000 stakes sponsored by the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are scheduled. Stakes purses for the two days will be $1 million, a record at Charles Town.
Purses at Charles Town Races will increase another 5% for the condition book that begins March 15, which means daily average purses at the West Virginia track will be $125,000.
Horse racing is a game of upsets, but who would have thought 10 years ago that the Thoroughbred sport in West Virginia would not only bounce back from the dead, but actually prove to be a desirable commodity? With the condition book that begins Jan. 20, purses at Charles Town Races will average $115,000 a day. When the Eastern Panhandle track closed several years ago, purses barely topped $20,000 per day. Now, an open allowance race goes for more money.
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