West Virginia

West Virginia Breeders’ Classic Winner Hiraldo Voted Jockey Of The Week

Three wins on the all-stakes card at Charles Town on Saturday night, including a three-horse photo for the win in the feature race, propelled Christian Hiraldo to the top of the ballot as voters named him the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending October 15, 2017. The award is voted on […]

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Charitable Annuity Nails Photo Finish In West Virginia Breeders’ Classic

Mark Russell’s Charitable Annuity won the $350,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic in 2015, but was relegated to second in last year’s running. The 5-year-old Charitable Man gelding returned with a vengeance in 2017, powering down the stretch on the outside to engage his challengers. Three horses crossed the line in unison, but it was Charitable […]

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Mountaineer Honors Publicist Bill Mooney On West Virginia Derby Day

For the better part of 20 years, Bill Mooney was the point person for publicity for the West Virginia Derby, which he chronicled through its rise to a major graded stakes on the national Thoroughbred racing calendar. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning writer, who also was recognized as one of the top racing historians, died Jan. […]

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Levinson: Lookin At Lee’s Work With Gun Runner A Positive Sign For West Virginia Derby Contender

Oklahoma-based L and N Racing has only been involved in Thoroughbred ownership for several years, but the group already has made a mark at the upper level of the sport. In early May at Churchill Downs, the partners watched their 3-year-old colt Lookin At Lee, a 33-1 shot, rally from far back along the inside […]

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Memories Drive Paolucci Back To West Virginia Derby

Ron Paolucci recognizes how fortunate he was to win West Virginia’s most lucrative horse race, the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic, in April with Imperative, a gelding he purchased privately just months before the race. But there’s something about a racetrack near the tip of West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle that means much more to Paolucci, […]

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Patch, Lookin At Lee Headline 11-Horse Field For West Virginia Derby

Eleven 3-year-olds are scheduled to meet in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby Aug. 5 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The Grade III Derby at 1 1/8 miles is the eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at the special time of 2 p.m. Probable post time for the Derby is 5:21 p.m. All […]

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Tapit’s Three-Quarter Brother Aldrin Retired To Stand At O’Sullivan Farms

Randy and John Funkhouser are proud to introduce Aldrin, a three-quarter brother to Tapit, America’s champion sire for the last three years.  Aldrin will stand his first season at O’Sullivan Farms, West Virginia’s oldest thoroughbred breeding farm, in Charles Town, WV, in 2018. Aldrin is a winning son of Malibu Moon out of stakes winner […]

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Parker Taking Advantage Of New ‘Opportunity’ At Indiana Grand This Season

When Deshawn Parker goes for a walk around the backside of Indiana Grand, a number of trainers may find it hard to reconcile that image with the jockey they see on the track in the afternoon. That’s because Parker stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, nearly a head above the rest of the jockey colony. […]

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Mountaineer Signs Broadcast Agreement With EquiLottery

EquiLottery has come to an agreement with Mountaineer Park in New Cumberland, West Virginia that will allow its lottery game based on the results of live horse racing to use video feeds from Mountaineer’s annual racing calendar. This agreement provides for over a hundred days of racing in West Virginia and opens the door for […]

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Both West Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Promising To ‘Reinvigorate’ Racing

Both Bill Cole (R) and Jim Justice (D), running for governor in West Virginia, have made written promises to “reinvigorate” the state’s horse racing industry, Charles Town HBPA president Randy Funkhouser told journal-news.net. In 2014, slots funding that had been supporting the industry was cut dramatically. Earlier this year, further reductions in West Virginia’s purse […]

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