Mid-Atlantic-based trainer John McKee secured the 1,000th victory of his career June 18 when he saddled Silkentown to a win in the first race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
The West Virginia Racing Commission June 17 overturned a woman's almost nine-year ban from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and tabled action on a similar ejection of her husband.
The West Virginia legislature ended a short special session May 21 and apparently left more than $14 million in gaming revenue to purses and breed development programs for horse and dog racing intact for fiscal year 2015.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort has asked the West Virginia Racing Commission for permission to drop 11 live racing programs in December and reduce the number of races it is scheduled to run in October and November.
It's a long way from 3 1/2-furlong races for $1,500 claimers at Shenandoah Downs to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. But Jim Miller is on track to make that journey with his 3-year-old filly Aurelia's Belle.
Jim Arrison's Flattering Bea, usually well off the early pace, changed tactics and came away with a neck victory in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races the evening of April 19.
James Arrison's homebred Flattering Bea, a stakes winner locally, will hope for a quick early pace when she faces nine other fillies and mares in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at at Charles Town April 19.
For the fifth consecutive year, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is providing funding to CANTER Mid-Atlantic for the organization's ongoing program and mission to rehabilitate and find homes for former racehorses.
The West Virginia Legislature March 14 passed a fiscal year 2014-15 budget that will redirect 10% of racing's share of gaming revenue to other programs.
Penn National Gaming announced that HRTV will provide television coverage for the remaining five events in the 2014 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as well as the West Virginia Breeders' Classics.
Penn National Gaming announced that the Horse Racing Radio Network will become the exclusive radio home for the remaining five events in the 2014 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge.
Harsh winter weather and and poor track conditions have led to the cancellation of almost 70 full racing programs through the first seven weeks of 2014.
Snow, ice and cold temperatures continue to impact U.S. racetracks, with at least five cancellations of live racing for Saturday, Feb. 15.
The harsh winter of 2014 continues to take its toll on U.S. racing, leading to a handful of cancellations at tracks in Kentucky, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast as a result of a winter storm or subfreezing temperatures.
A husband and wife that have been banned from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for more than eight years in connection with a horseman's group civil lawsuit finally had their appeal heard Jan. 29.
- By Tom LaMarra
Penn National Gaming Inc. officials said Feb. 6 they don't believe a roughly $100 million decline in net revenue is associated with customers opting for other forms of gambling or entertainment.
Inclement weather has led to the cancellation of racing Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
With another cold blast of air settling in from the north, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races had canceled its live racing program for the evening of Jan. 28.
Due to extreme weather conditions, Laurel Park, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course canceled live racing for Jan. 22. Charles Town will be dark Jan. 23 as well.
Parx Racing and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races canceled their live racing programs for Jan. 21 because of winter storm warnings in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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.
An economic impact study shows the Thoroughbred and Greyhound racing and breeding industries account for at least $321 million a year in total business volume in West Virginia.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races plans to ask state regulators Jan. 21 for approval to spend almost $200,000 for surveillance equipment for its stable area.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has altered first post time for most its racing programs in 2014.
Severe cold and wind led a few racetracks to cancel their live programs for Jan. 6-7.
Jockeys' Guild National Manager Terry Meyocks told a finance subcommittee of West Virginia's Interim Joint Committee on Finance that he's concerned about the lack of benefits for jockeys who ride at the state's two tracks.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races received approval Oct. 22 to cut three live racing programs from its November schedule because of field size and purse concerns.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Oct. 22 upheld a hearing officer's recommendation not to lessen penalties given to two horsemen involved in the use of a "program trainer" at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Jockey J.D. Acosta reached a milestone of 2,500 career victories when he guided Haywired to victory in the second race at Laurel Park Sept. 28.
The WVRC Sept. 24 upheld a hearing examiner's recommendation that Randy Wehrman, the former racing secretary at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, be barred from seeking an occupational permit for two years.
Maggi Moss' So Many Ways got back on track with a strong off-the-pace victory in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Sept. 21.
Take It Like a Man gave his owners their first stakes victory when he rallied from off the pace to take the $400,000 Researcher Stakes for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Sept. 21.
J C M Racing's Our Double Play will cut back in distance after a brief break from racing and seems to have found a good spot in the Researcher Stakes for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Sept. 21
Ten 3-year-old fillies, including grade I winner So Many Ways and twice grade I-placed My Happy Face, are expected to compete in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Sept. 21.
Real Estate was represented by his first winner Aug. 29 when his first starter, Sharp Razor, emerged victorious in the first race at Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, a maiden special weight event.
On Eagles Wings was represented by his first winner Aug. 25 as Roy's Eagle posted an impressive 5 1/2-length victory in the first race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, a maiden special weight for juvenile fillies.
The inaugural $500,000 Penn Mile June 1 helped Penn National Gaming Inc. continue a trend of sharp gains in pari-mutuel handle on "big event" programs at the company's racetracks.
A trainer who pleaded guilty in 2010 on drug charges was granted a conditional occupational permit by the West Virginia Racing Commission May 21, but he was told the license has "zero tolerance" conditions.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races set another pari-mutuel handle record in April when it reported average daily handle of $1,367,336, up 1% from the same month in 2012.
Game On Dude earned $1 million the evening of April 20, but he had to work hard for it in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Lucy's Bob Boy didn't give the bridge-jumpers a scare when he took the early lead and coasted in workout-like fashion to win the $50,000 Confucius Say Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 20.
In 2012, Book Review swept from eighth place past a game Holiday Soiree to win the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. A year later, those two will rumble again April 20 in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes.
Game On Dude and Ron the Greek, two of the top older horses in training, are among the seven horses entered in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 20.
The West Virginia Racing Commission April 16 approved the expenditure of more than $2 million for projects and promotions at two racetracks.
Game On Dude arrived at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 16 in anticipation of a start in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 20 at the West Virginia track.
Game On Dude, second in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) in 2011, is among the 52 nominees for and an expected entrant in this year's $1.5 million race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 20.
Trainer Patty Burns, banned from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races since early 2008, has won her appeal of the ejection.
Four men ejected from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races over alleged involvement in the use of "program trainers" have filed an appeal with the West Virginia Racing Commission.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races announced Feb. 26 it has reached an agreement with Horse Racing Radio Network to provide live, on-site radio coverage of the $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 20.
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.
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