Record Charles Town Classic handle propels track’s best month

by | Apr 22, 2019 | Breaking, Business, West Virginia, WV Business


Runnin’toluvya won the Charles Town Classic. Photo by Allison Janezic.

Anchored by Saturday’s Charles Town Classic card which produced a single-day wagering mark for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, the track was able to also set a new monthly record as handle-per-race for April checked in at $203,681 – the first time more than $200,000 has been bet per race over a given month in the track’s history.

The $20,775,500 in all-sources handle for April over the course of 102 races allowed it to easily break the prior high of $176,366 put through the windows for each race held in April of 2018. Prior to April 2015, Charles Town had yet to record a month where north of $150,000 in wagering was generated per race but has now seen eight such months in the prior four years.

Much like the month of April as a whole, this Saturday’s Charles Town Classic day easily surpassed the prior record for the largest single card handle as players wagered $5,720,374 over the thirteen-race program, which outpaced Charles Town Classic day in 2015 by more than $870,000. Additionally, the $277,107 bet on site was the largest on-track handle in three years. The last ten Charles Town Classic cards now represent the ten highest single-day handles in track history.

Charles Town will resume live racing during Kentucky Derby week with its next scheduled card taking place on Thursday, May 2 with the track’s standard evening post time of 7:00 P.M. EST.