12/31/2011 5:44PM

Charles Town's all-sources handle soars in 2011


All-sources handle at Charles Town rose 14.5 percent in 2011, according to figures released by the West Virginia track on Friday night.

The overall handle for the 232-day season was $221,392,855, up from $193,261,857 in 2010, when the track held 231 live cards.

Average daily handle was a record $954,260. The track also set records for total all-sources handle in a single month ($26,558,179 in March), handle on a single race (Charles Town Classic, $784,267), and 18 consecutive live cards with a handle of $1 million or more, (Feb. 8 to March 3).

On the track, jockey J.D. Acosta won his fourth straight riding title with 177 victories, including six stakes. He finished 28 wins ahead of runner-up Clifford Dooley.

Jeff Runco wrapped up his sixth straight title as leading trainer with 117 victories, including two wins on the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic program. Ollie Figgins III finished second with 55 wins.

Charles Town begins its 235-day 2012 meet on Tuesday night.