04/09/2015 9:38AM

Charles Town to cut 27 days from schedule


The West Virginia Racing Commission has granted a request by Charles Town to drop 27 racing days from its 2015 schedule in an attempt to keep purses at their current levels.

Charles Town, with support from the Charles Town Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, requested the date reduction last year after being assigned 220 dates, the legislatively required minimum.

Beginning in July, Charles Town will drop 23 Tuesday night cards. The West Virginia racino also will not race July 1-3 or on Dec. 30.

The West Virginia legislature on several occasions has reduced the percentage of revenue from the Charles Town casino that go to purses and the breeders fund.

Tim More than 1 year ago
Maybe they should adjust the takeout from the slot machines to make up the purse difference...
Mark D More than 1 year ago
27 days....How many days could have they kept if they drop the CT Classic and allocate that $1.5 Million to the local horsemen who need it?
Steve Krein More than 1 year ago
Problem is, the CT Classic draws probably 3x-4x that in off-track and inter-track handle. I never understood giving a ton of money to a horse that ships in and takes your cash, but they must be making money from that business model or they would cease to do it. Perhaps one day a local horseman will have a good enough horse to take that million and keep it in WVa....