West Virginia

Charles Town Reports Record Per-Race Wagering For Fourth Straight Season

When Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races concluded its live racing season on Saturday night, and with an all-sources handle of $2,207,509 thanks to the first mandatory payout of the Charles Town 6-12, the track also accomplished another feat: a new record for wagering volume per race for the fourth consecutive year. The $147,818 wagered […]

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Charles Town’s Pick 6 Features $240,000 Carryover Friday

While the Charles Town 6-12 is set for a mandatory payout on Saturday, horseplayers will have one final opportunity this evening to be the lone winner and take down the entire carryover that currently stands at nearly $240,000. The Charles Town 6-12 is a jackpot style Pick 6 with a low 12-percent takeout and 20-cent […]

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Pair Of Charles Town Jockeys Enter Guilty Pleas In Cocaine Case

Puerto Rican-born jockeys Christian Hiraldo and Guillermo Rodriguez have both entered guilty pleas in a case involving cocaine possession, reports bloodhorse.com. The case stems from an incident on or about January 25 in West Virginia, in which the regular riders at Charles Town allegedly aided and abetted one another in possessing and intending to distribute a […]

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Jose Montano Nets Stakes Double, Jockey Of The Week Title

One of only two jockeys to win multiple stakes last week, Jose Montano was named the Foundation Detox Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for October 8 – 14, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Charles Town To Host Track Superintendents Field Day In 2019

Save the date, as the 18th Annual Track Superintendents Field Day will be hosted at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in historic Charles Town, West Virginia June 24-26, 2019.  The event is open to all Track Superintendents and their staffs. The Superintendents are an independent group which meets annually to discuss best practices related to maintenance, […]

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Fan-Favorite Russell Road Dies After Bout With Colic At Age 12

One of only two multi-millionaires bred in West Virginia, fan-favorite Russell Road passed away last weekend after a bout with colic. According to drf.com, the 12-year-old gelding had been re-training as a lead pony following his retirement in late 2016. Sired by Wheaton, Russell Road retired with a record of 31 wins from 62 starts and […]

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Apprentice Jenn Miller Suffers Broken Jaw, Concussion In Charles Town Spill

In Saturday evening’s second race at Charles Town, apprentice jockey Jenn Miller had Green Time on the lead turning for home. The 4-year-old gelding leveled off in the final sixteenth, finishing in fifth place, but then broke down shortly after crossing the wire. Green Time had to be euthanized as a result of his injuries. […]

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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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