West Virginia

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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Acosta Pilots 3000th Winner At Charles Town

Jockey J. D. Acosta rode his 3000th career winner in Wednesday’s first race at Charles Town in West Virginia. The 34-year-old journeyman piloted the 2-year-old filly Holiday Shot to a one-length win in the 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event for trainer Flint Stites. Born in the Dominican Republic, Acosta rode his first dometsic winner […]

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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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Equine Influenza Reported in WVA: Travel Restrictions Suggested

One confirmed case of Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) was reported by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture in Jackson County, W. VA,, on June 15. Equine events in the county have been cancelled and the Department of Agriculture has suggested that horses in Jackson and surrounding counties avoid travel for the time being. It is […]

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Mountaineer Features Full Fields For Opening Night Saturday

Full fields highlight the return of live racing to Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort this Saturday, April 16. A total of 94 horses (including “also eligibles”) have been entered in the nine-race card. Post time for the first race will be 7 p.m. Saturday’s feature will be the $25,100 Welcome Back Dash, run at five […]

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West Virginia House Advances Bill To Stop Casino Updates

House Bill 4271 would end a West Virginia program called the Licensed Racetrack Modernization Fund four years earlier than the program was set to expire. A committee advanced the bill, which was reported to the full House on Saturday according to wvpublic.org. The program sets aside state funding for updates to casinos and casino games […]

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West Virginia Racing Officials Discuss Dates Reduction, Purses

A story in The Blood-Horse Friday compiled opinions from state racing officials about what needs to be done to preserve West Virginia’s racing industry after a request was made by management and horsemen at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to reduce the number of live racing days at the track in 2015. Dates were […]

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