12/10/2012 3:15PM

Charles Town stakes schedule features $3.67 million in purses


Charles Town Races plans to pay out at least $3.67 million in stakes purses during the 2013 racing season, including the $1.5 million purse for the Charles Town Classic, the track announced Monday.

The total amount of stakes purses does not include the amount the track plans to distribute in the races in the one-day West Virginia Breeders’ Classics, which last year had total purses of $1.345 million for nine races. In the Monday press release, Charles Town said it will announce the purses and schedule for the restricted Breeders’ Classics races at a later date.

The Grade 2 Charles Town Classic is scheduled for April 20, along with five other stakes races, including the $200,000 Sugar Maple for older fillies and mares. Late last month, Charles Town announced that the purse of the Classic was getting a $500,000 boost.

Charles Town also will run a stakes-heavy card on Sept. 21, with seven stakes scheduled, including the $400,000 Researcher Stakes and the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks. Charles Towns’s vice president of racing operations, Erich Zimny, has said that concentrating stakes on two or three dates during a live meet gets the track additional attention from racing fans and the simulcast marketplace throughout the year.

Charles Town is scheduled to run 235 live racing dates next year, from Jan. 2 to Dec. 28.