Charles Town announces full stakes schedule

Following the release of its open stakes schedule earlier this week, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has announced its full stakes lineup for 2022. Charles Town’s final stakes schedule calls for 30 stakes worth $3,450,000 – a figure that does not include purses for the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics which will be announced at a later date.

The schedule is once again highlighted by the $1,000,000 Charles Town Classic (G2), which will be contested alongside the $500,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3) on Friday, August 26 on what is expected to be the most lucrative night of racing in Charles Town’s near 90-year history. Run on the same card for the first time in 2020, Charles Town’s two graded stakes anchored the track’s largest ever single-day handle with nearly $7.2 million wagered on the 2021 event.

Run for $1,000,000 in available purse money in its first eleven editions, the Classic will jump back into seven-figure territory for the first time since local star Runnin’toluvya took the 2019 edition with the pandemic impacting available purses in both 2020 and 2021.  The Oaks also received a purse increase to $500,000, matching where it stood in 2014, the first year it was run as a graded race. The three unrestricted stakes on the Classic night undercard – the Russell Road, Misty Bennett Pink Ribbon and Robert Hilton Memorial also received purse increases to $250,000.

A pair of $75,000 West Virginia-bred stakes – the Frank Gall Memorial and Sadie Hawkins – will complete the stakes portion of the 13-race card on August 26 that gets underway at a special first post of 5:00 P.M. EST.

The signature event for West Virginia-breds will take place on October 8 as the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics take center stage for its 36th renewal.  Beginning in 2022, the featured West Virginia Breeders’ Classic will be run as the Sam Huff West Virginia Breeders’ Classic in honor of the event’s co-founder and NFL Hall of Fame member who passed away in November 2021.

Outside of the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics program, a total of 16 West Virginia-bred stakes worth $1,200,000 are slated for 2022, including the renamed Randy Funkhouser Memorial to be run on November 12.  Formerly the A Huevo, the 1 1/8-mile test for state-breds honors the longtime West Virginia horseman, breeder and owner of O’Sullivan Farms who passed away earlier this month.

The stakes action will kick off on April 23 with the $75,000 Original Gold and $75,000 Confucius Say for West Virginia-breds.

04/23/22CT$75,000.00Original Gold7D31FS
04/23/22CT$75,000.00Confucius Say7D31OS
5/14/22CT$75,000.00Coin Collector4.5D3OS
5/21/22CT$75,000.00It’s Binn Too Long4.5D3FS
6/11/22CT$75,000.00It’s Only Money4.5D31OS
6/18/22CT$75,000.00Fancy Buckles4.5D31FS
7/23/22CT$75,000.00Robert G. Leavitt S.7D3OS
7/23/22CT$75,000.00Sylvia Bishop Memorial S.7D3FS
8/26/22CT$1,000,000.00Charles Town Classic9D31O2
8/26/22CT$500,000.00Charles Town Oaks7D3F3
8/26/22CT$250,000.00Robert Hilton Memorial S.7D3O
8/26/22CT$250,000.00Russell Road S.7D31O
8/26/22CT$250,000.00Misty Bennett Pink Ribbon S.7D3F
8/26/22CT$75,000.00Sadie Hawkins S.7D31FS
8/26/22CT$75,000.00Frank Gall Memorial S.7D31OS
9/17/22CT$75,000.00Rachel’s Turn S.4.5D2FS
9/17/22CT$75,000.00Henry Mercer Memorial S.4.5D2OS
10/8/22CTSam Huff WV Breeders’ Classic9D31OS
10/8/22CTWV Cavada Breeders’ Classic7D31FS
10/8/22CTWVBC Distaff9D31FS
10/8/22CTWV Onion Juice Breeders’ Classic7D31OS
10/8/22CTWV Division of Tourism Breeders’ Classic7D3FS
10/8/22CTWV Lottery Breeders’ Classic7D3OS
10/8/22CTWV Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic6.5D2FS
10/8/22CTWV Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic6.5D2OS
10/8/22CTWV Dash for Cash Breeders’ Classic4.5D31OS
10/29/22CT$75,000.00Eleanor Casey Memorial S.7D2FS
11/5/22CT$75,000.00My Sister Pearl S.9D31FS
11/12/22CT$75,000.00Randy Funkhouser Memorial S.9D31OS
11/19/22CT$75,000.00WV Futurity7D2OS