12/09/2014 11:54AM

West Virginia commission approves Charles Town dates


The West Virginia Racing Commission has approved a 220-day racing season at Charles Town in 2015, although a shorter meet likely will be run.

Under state law, Charles Town must apply for at least a 220-day season. The track reported that it has reached an agreement with the local division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to reduce the number of days to 193 and has requested the commission amend the schedule.

The schedule approved by the commission calls for the meet to begin Jan. 2 and run throughout the year. Racing is scheduled to be held four days a week until July 18 and then five days a week thereafter. The amended schedule would not affect the first six months of the year.

Charles Town will have a first post of 7 p.m. Eastern on all but two of its days. The Charles Town Classic card on April 18 will start at 12:45 p.m. This will be the first time the Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic will be run during the afternoon.

The Sept. 19 Race for the Ribbon program, which is topped by the Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks, will begin at 5 p.m.

Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Field sizes are shrinking nationally because of tracks like Charles Town. Too many b.s. tracks taking horses away from the real tracks. Want larger field sizes? Close down tracks like Charles Town, Mountaineer, Indiana Grand, Indiana Downs, Hoosier, Penn National...
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Without slots and Government assistance....these tracks would have been gone lone ago.
Hadrian Marcus More than 1 year ago
Yeah...what do the citizens of Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have any business involving themselves in horse racing. Bums. Tax revenue...forget about it. Cause I'm sure all those local breeders and owners are gonna want to drag their horses to Kentucky, New York...etc. Saratoga is clamoring for Indiana bred $5000 claimers. On the other hand...those tracks develop new gamblers and fans locally...and provide those fine Kentucky breds with secondary tracks to drop down to. One last thing....Indiana Downs and Indiana Grand are the same track...but let's close em down twice...just to make sure.
Gordon More than 1 year ago
Exactly where should the horses that have dropped to the level of Mountaineer and Penn National be running? What real track? Keeneland, Del Mar, or Saratoga per chance? By the way....Hoosier doesn't run thoroughbred racing anymore....and Indiana Grand and Indiana Downs are the same track.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
CT Classic is a $1.5 Million Dollar waste of $$$. Bump the purses for statebred claiming races. But the money back in the pockets that make this track go round. As long as this track is a Bullring....the big $$$ races will never be respected nationally.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
as a bettor , fan, and occasional CT visitor. I'm glad they're bringing in top names like 'Game on Dude' in this part of the country. Now I can surely understand the locals wanting more money for them. but no one will show up except the same 500 people that seem to be there 5 nights a week.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I have been to 3 Charles Town Classics....2 of them with Game on Dude...and not too many people were there for that either.
Gordon More than 1 year ago
Funny, I've been to the last three....and the crowds have been very good. Many, many times the size of the typical Saturday crowd. They tend to absorb into the Casino until the big race...but I suspect that pleases the Casino tend just fine. The promotional value of the Classic exceeds its cost. And why do you think if they eliminated the Classic, they'd roll that purse money back into the state-bred purses. Very doubtful.
Hadrian Marcus More than 1 year ago
You do know that the six Charles Town Classic cards over the last six years....are the six largest handles in track history. You do know that 95%....yes 95% of Charles Town's handle comes from the offtrack handle. You should be thankful the track is attempting to make the track relevant a few nights a year..like Classic Night and Oaks Night.