From a Charles Town release.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has announced its live racing schedule for 2015 following approval from the West Virginia Racing Commission. The currently approved schedule includes 220 live racing dates beginning with Charles Town’s January 2 card, with four live days per week from January through July 18 and five live days the remainder of the year.
Post time for the first race at Charles Town will remain 7:00pm EST, with the two exceptions being the 13 race Charles Town Classic card on April 18 which will get underway at its special 12:45pm EST start time and the track’s 12 race Race for the Ribbon program on September 19 that commences at 5:00pm. 2015 represents the first year the $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) will be run during the day.
While the 220 day calendar is what has been approved by the West Virginia Racing Commission, Charles Town has formally requested amending it to a 193 day schedule. Procedurally, Charles Town had to apply for 220 days based on current state law, but can subsequently request the Commission to permit a reduced schedule. The request was made following the track’s receipt of a letter from the Charles Town HBPA indicating the organization’s agreement with the amended 193 day schedule. The requested, amended calendar for 2015 is still subject to approval by the West Virginia Racing Commission and would not impact any of the currently scheduled days in the first 6 months of the new year.
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Virginia Horsemen please take note. The horse racing schedule at Charlestown for 2015 was reduced from 220 days to 193 days and it was accepted and approved by the West Virginia horsemen. My, my, how did that happen!
Fan, you’d have to admit that reducing from 220 to 193 is a little different from reducing from 40 to 25 to 6, wouldn’t you?
Colonial Downs originally offered 25 days, the same number as last year. It was only after the Virginia horsemen continually asked for more that it was reduced to a 6 day offer. Point being, the WV Horsemen were willing to compromise to reach an agreement, no matter how many days were offered. And now their racing continues while Virginia has nothing.