Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
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Charles Town Races track and grandstand
Location Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
Address 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414
Opening date December 3, 1933
Theme Silver Screen Slots, OK Corral Slots, Slot City, Slot Central and Hollywood Slots
Number of rooms 150
Notable restaurants Skyline Terrace, Skybox, Epic Buffet, Final Cut, 9 Dragons
Casino type Racetrack
Owner Penn National Gaming
Previous names Jefferson County Races, Charles Town Races & Slots
Website hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a race track and casino just outside the eastern city limits of Charles Town, West Virginia, owned and operated by Penn National Gaming. It features a six furlong thoroughbred horse racing facility that is home of the West Virginia Breeders' Classic. It is one of the busiest thoroughbred tracks in the country with over 240 racing dates scheduled for 2012. It generally runs a 5 days a week schedule (four days per week in July & August and some major holidays). It also contains over 3,000 slot machines, which help to generate 1,400 jobs for the surrounding community. As of July 2010, they have table games.

Ownership history[edit]

The Charles Town Race Track was opened on December 2, 1933 by the Shenandoah Valley Jockey Club.[1] It has changed owners over the years and in 1997 was purchased by Penn National Gaming, Inc. [2]

The Sprint Festival[edit]

In 2008, the track inaugurated The Sprint Festival, four open stakes worth a total of $500,000. These are the 4½ furlong $200,000 Charles Town Invitational Dash for colts and geldings three-years-old and up, the $100,000 Lady Charles Town for 3-year-old fillies at 4½ furlongs, the $100,000 West Virginia Sprint Derby for 3-year-olds at 4½ furlongs, and the $100,000 Red Legend Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

West Virginia Breeders' Classics[edit]

In 1987, NFL Hall of Famer Sam Huff organized the first West Virginia Breeders’ Classics. Local favorite Onion Juice won the inaugural running and the state’s first $100,000 purse.

  • Biggest race of the day is the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classics Stakes.
  • Total purses for the day combine for a total $1,000,000.

Charles Town Classic[edit]

In 2009, it inaugurated the Charles Town Classic for older horses running a distance of one and 1/8 mile. The purse was "tiered" and was determined by the graded status of the winner. The purse's range was from between $500,000 and $1,000,000. "Researcher" won the 1st and 2nd Charles Town Classic races. In 2013, the purse was increased to $1,500,000 with the winner receiving $1,000,000, making the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic one of the richest thoroughbred race contested in U.S. surpassed only by the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014 Imperative 4 George Papaprodromou KM Racing 1:50.56
2013 Game On Dude 6 Bob Baffert Lanni Family Trust/Mercedes Stables/Schiappa 1:49.93
2012 Caixa Eletronica 7 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Mike Repole 1:50.28
2011 Duke of Mischief 5 Joe Bravo David Fawkes Lieblong, McMaster & Fawkes 1:51.13
2010 Researcher 6 Luis Perez Jeff Runco Kinross Corp 1:49.94
2009 Researcher 5 Kendrick Carmouche Jeff Runco Rutledge Farm 1:49.86

Hotel[edit]

Also on the property is a 150-room hotel, The Inn at Charles Town, and several dining facilities, including a food court, track side restaurant, and the Skyline Terrace. However, the previously mentioned dining facilities are not located in the hotel.

Table games[edit]

On December 5, 2009, a second referendum was held on table games and this time voters approved the referendum to allow table games at the venue. As of July 2, 2010, the facility, for years known as "Charles Town Races & Slots," was renamed "Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races" as part of a brand reimaging. It now features a 1930s Art Deco and classic Hollywood theme, as well as various table games like blackjack and roulette and a 50-table (combined) poker room on two different floors in two different areas.

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Coordinates: 39°17′44″N 77°50′55″W / 39.2956497°N 77.8486061°W / 39.2956497; -77.8486061