West Virginia racing

Charles Town: 160 Equine Fatalities Reported At Track Since 2014

An investigation by NBC 4 Washington into racing conducted at Charles Town found that 160 horses have died from racing injuries since January 2014. The station’s News4 ‘I-Team’ reported the results of their investigation this week. The investigation also revealed that Charles Town ranks near the top in regards to number of races started per year. According to the […]

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West Virginia Moving Forward With Out-Of-Competition Testing

Racing industry officials in West Virginia continue to make progress in implementing out of competition testing in the state. The Blood-Horse reports the short term goal is to have about 50 percent of the starters in both the G2 West Virginia Derby (Aug. 6) and the G3 Charles Town Oaks (Sept. 17) tested out of competition. “Our […]

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‘Death By 1000 Cuts:’ West Virginia Legislature Adopts Further Purse Reductions

West Virginia legislators have dealt another blow to the horse racing industry, with purse funds taking another blow in the revised state budget, according to The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register. Purses across the state’s four racetracks (greyhound and Thoroughbred tracks) that totaled $14.1 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year have been reduced to $10 million for […]

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Area Residents, Horsemen Rally To Show Industry Support At Charles Town Council Meeting

Residents and horsemen came out in force to show their support of the racing industry in West Virginia on Monday during a meeting of the Charles Town Council. Sporting stickers saying “Racing = Jobs”, the men and women were there to oppose a bill recently introduced in the West Virginia Senate that threatens the industry’s […]

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Charles Town Classic April 23; Stakes Schedule Finalized

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town has finalized and released its 2016 stakes schedule, which will once again be headlined by the track’s marquee race and biggest day of its meet – the $1,250,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) – on April 23. The Classic is one of 23 stakes currently scheduled at Charles Town for the […]

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Report: Mountaineer Closure Boosts Racing At Mahoning Valley

Although the race meet is only six days old, Hollywood Casino at Mahoning Valley Race Course has reported bigger fields and higher purses. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the positive impact is the result of not only the revenue from VLT’s, but also due to the closure of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia. […]

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West Virginia Report: ‘Naive’ To Rely Solely On Legislative Help

In recent years, West Virginia gaming has struggled with a smaller market share, due to the increase in alternative gambling outlets throughout its regional market.  A 2012 West Virginia University Report noted that the thoroughbred and greyhound racing industries contribute over $321 million in total business volume, accounting for 12% of the state’s hospitality and […]

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Charles Town Triple Earns Bocachica Jockey Of The Week

Jockey Arnaldo Bocachica swept the early daily double on his way to capturing a total of three stakes races on West Virginia Breeders’ Classic night at Charles Town Racecourse on Saturday. Those wins helped Bocachica win the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week award for October 5th – October 12th. The award is voted on by […]

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Charitable Annuity Takes Top Prize On West Virginia Breeders’ Classic Night

On a stakes-filled evening at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Charitable Annuity came home strongly to land the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic Stakes Saturday night. Ridden by Antonio Lopez, Charitable Annuity came from seventh early to take the lead in mid-stretch, kicking away to a driving victory by 2 3/4 lengths. Hidden Canyon […]

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Cavorting, Lovely Maria Top Nominations For Charles Town Oaks

Brereton Jones’ Lovely Maria, winner of this year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1), as well as ­Stonestreet Stables’ recent Test (G1) victor Cavorting are the marquee names among the 36 three-year-old fillies nominated to the $350,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3) to be run on September 19 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The seven furlong Charles […]

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