Keyword: West Virginia

  • MTR Finances Improve; Focus Now on Ohio

    MTR Gaming Group, which cut jobs and corporate expenses in the past year, released improved financial results for the second quarter of 2009 and said it's poised for growth in Ohio, where racetrack video lottery terminals have been authorized.

  • Governor Joe Manchin III

    WV Governor Says Racing Will Be Protected

    The governor of West Virginia, on hand for the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, said gaming at tracks was built around racing, and the sport won't be allowed to suffer in exchange for company profits.

  • Soul Warrior overtakes Big Drama to win the West Virginia Derby.

    Soul Warrior Splits 'Em in WV Derby Upset

    It was indeed big drama in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort on Aug. 1, but if the odds board was any indication, it was an unexpected result.

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    West Virginia Derby Sets Up as 'Riders' Race'

    Several 3-year-olds entered in the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) galloped around a sloppy surface at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort the morning before a race no trainer is willing to say is easy to handicap.

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    Mine That Bird to Face Five Foes in WV Derby

    Mine That Bird will make his first racing appearance since the Triple Crown when he faces five other 3-year-olds in the $750,000, West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

  • Dick and Janene Watson

    Horsemen Wary of 'Arbitrary' Exclusions

    The growth of casino-style gaming at racetracks has brought with it executives with little or no experience in horse racing, something horsemen said makes them more vulnerable to exclusionary practices.

  • Life After Slots? It's Sobering--at Best

    The expansion of gaming at racetrack casinos doesn't always guarantee more money for purses and breed development programs, horsemen said July 2 during a sobering discussion that showed horse racing's challenge to stay relevant in a revenue-driven environment.

  • Horsemen, Chemist: Drug Problem Exaggerated

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said July 1 it plans to be more involved as the racing industry considers medication and drug-testing policies horsemen believe could be detrimental and counterproductive.

  • Benevolence, Slots, Exclusions on HBPA Agenda

    Backstretch programs, racetrack gaming, and exclusionary practices are the primary topics for forums scheduled for the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association summer convention June 30-July 3 in Shepherdstown, W.V.

  • Colonial Downs begins its 2009 meet June 5.

    Colonial Downs Ready to Launch 2009 Season

    Opening day at Colonial Downs comes a week earlier this year when live racing returns June 5. The following day, Colonial Downs will be open for the first time ever on the same day as a Triple Crown race, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Researcher Right at Home in CT Classic

    A combination of talent and home-field advantage helped Researcher produce a powerful victory in the inaugural Charles Town Classic at Charles Town Races & Slots the evening of April 18. And he vanquished a few grade I winners in the process.

  • Suspended Jockeys Ride at Charles Town

    Two jockeys suspended at Charles Town Races & Slots picked up mounts at the West Virginia track April 18 in the wake of a court order allowing them to access the grounds and to compete in races pending a hearing.

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    Top Horses Nominated to CT Classic

    Top horses from around the United States have been nominated to the inaugural Charles Town Classic, which could be worth up to $1 million depending on which horses start in the April 18 event.

  • Racetrack Exclusions Get Tested in WV

    The right of racetrack exclusion is being tested in West Virginia, where Charles Town Races & Slots is seeking to keep the state racing commission from holding hearings to consider granting three individuals reinstatement to the facility.

  • 'Hostile Takeover' of MNR HBPA Alleged

    The president and two members of the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors have been suspended in what some members are calling a "hostile takeover" of the organization.

  • HRTV to Broadcast Charles Town Racing

    Charles Town Races & Slots and HRTV have reached an agreement to allow the West Virginia track's races to be shown live on the racing network beginning March 18. It's the first time racing from Charles Town will receive daily in-home television coverage.

  • VLT Revenue Declines, and So Will Purses

    The economy continues to take its toll on racetracks, including those with alternative gaming. Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia said it will cut overnight purses 10% effective April 20.

  • Marble Cliff coasts home at Mountaineer the evening of Feb. 28

    Marble Cliff Wins--Fair and Square

    Marble Cliff, the Ohio-bred turned Kentucky-bred stripped of stakes wins in 2008 after a racing commission investigation, finally got his first "official" victory--in West Virginia.

  • Rubin to be Honored at Charles Town

    Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia will honor Barbara Jo Rubin on the 40th anniversary of her historic ride when she became the first woman to win a race against men at a nationally recognized racetrack.

  • Jack Sours, new president and general manager at Mountaineer in West Virginia.

    Sours Named President of Mountaineer

    Jack Sours has been named president and general manager of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, MTR Gaming president and chief executive officer Bob Griffin announced Jan. 13.

  • Open Stakes at Charles Town Worth $2.7M

    Charles Town Races & Slots has announced a 2009 open stakes schedule with a record $2.7 million available in purses. The 12 scheduled stakes will take place on three special event days, beginning April 18 with Charles Town Classic Day.

  • Former HBPA President Bailey Dead

    Charles "Chuck" Bailey, former president of Mountaineer Park's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, died Jan. 3 after a long battle with cancer.

  • Mountaineer Parent Closes Michigan Track

    The parent company of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia announced Dec. 4 it has ceased operations at Jackson Harness Raceway, a Michigan facility it purchased in 2005.

  • CANTER Opens New Chapter at Mountaineer

    CANTER, which stands for the communication alliance to network Thoroughbred ex-racehorses, announced a new chapter at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The program offers a free sale listing service to trainers and owners looking to sell their horses after their racing careers have ended.

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    Maryland Voters Approve Slot Machines

    Maryland voters approved legalizing slot machines Tuesday in a constitutional amendment, paving the way for up to 15,000 machines in five locations and ending years of debate between lawmakers who never managed to pass the measure on their own.

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    Charles Town Newest Member of TRA

    Charles Town Races & Slots is the newest member of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, the racetrack trade group announced Oct. 7.

  • Recapturetheglory heads a full, well-matched field in the West Virginia Derby.

    Recapturetheglory Heads Tough WV Derby

    Recapturetheglory, a solid fifth in a 20-horse field in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), seems well-placed for a return to his winning ways in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2.

  • Stored Sires First Winner

    West Virginia sire Stored was represented by his initial winner when his son Copper Line won July 25 at Charles Town his first start.

  • Larry Jones

    Jones Eyes West Virginia Derby Invasion

    The horsemen at Delaware Park are well aware that trainer Larry Jones has an arsenal of stakes competitors in his barn. And on Aug. 2, Jones plans to bring a vanload of his top horses to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) program.

  • Charles Town

    Charles Town Resumes Shipping, Racing

    Officials at Charles Town Races and Slots are again allowing horses to come and go after test results indicated that a sick horse on the property does not have equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

  • One Charles Town Barn Still in Lockdown

    One barn is in lockdown and movement of horses on or off the grounds has ceased, but training continues at Charles Town Races & Slots, the West Virginia track that instituted the precautions after a horse in its stable area displayed neurologic signs considered to be consistent with equine herpesvirus-1.

  • Joey P., a multiple stakes winner, seeks his first victory outside of New Jersey.

    Joey P. Headlines Charles Town Dash

    What is viewed as the strongest "open" racing card in the history of Charles Town Races & Slots will be held June 21, with the centerpiece of the evening a $200,000 invitational at the West Virginia track's signature 4 1/2-furlong distance.

  • Lots of Speed--and Cash--at Charles Town

    Charles Town Races & Slots will offer its first "Speed Festival," the centerpiece of which is the $200,000 Charles Town Invitational Dash at the track's popular 4 1/2-furlong distance, on June 21.

  • MTR Gaming Touts 2008 as Better Year

    In an April 7 conference call where an executive announced an end to a workers' strike at its signature racino, MTR Gaming Group also claimed its 2007 financial performance was a product of a four-year business plan to diversify and strengthen the company.

  • Barred Horseman Seeks State Office

    A horseman barred from the grounds of Charles Town Races & Slots is running for state office in West Virginia, and his opponent is a former Miss West Virginia who works for the company that excluded him.