Charles Town Classic

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Charles Town Classic
Grade II race
LocationHollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
Charles Town, West Virginia
Inaugurated2009
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Websitewww.ctownraces.com
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceDirt
TrackRight-handed
QualificationFour-year-olds and up
WeightAssigned
Purse$1,200,000

The Charles Town Classic is an American Thoroughbred horse race for older horses (four-year-olds and up) and is run at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia. Inaugurated in 2009, it's set at a distance of 1 mile and 1/8 on the dirt and carries a purse of $1,500,000. The track design itself is more demanding, it is a 6 furlong oval, instead of 1 mile which is the way most newer tracks are built.[1] The final times will appear slower, as compared to 1 mile oval times, especially for longer races, due to added turns of a 6 furlong track.

Charles Town Track Officials announced a new purse layout for the 2015 running of this race in order to attract the brightest stars in racing. This means that if the winner of the Classic has also won prestigious races there is $500,000 set aside from the purse for their Classic success.[2]

Charles Town Track officials announced in December 2015 that the purse for the 2016 running of the Charles Town Classic would be reduced to $1,250,000.[3]

Grade & Purse[edit]

  • 2019 - Grade 2 - $1,000,000
  • 2017 - Grade 2 - $1,250,000
  • 2016 - Grade 2 - $1,250,000
  • 2015 - Grade 2 - $1,500,000
  • 2014 - Grade 2 - $1,500,000
  • 2013 - Grade 2 - $1,500,000
  • 2012 - Grade 2 - $1,000,000
  • 2011 - Grade 3 - $1,000,000

(note: This is the race's first year as a Graded Race.)

  • 2010 - no grade - $1,000,000
  • 2009 - no grade - Tiered Purse ($500,000 - $1,000,000)

(note: In 2009, if the winner had previously won a Grade 1 Stakes Race, then the purse was $1,000,000. If the winner had previously won a Grade 2 Stakes Race, then the purse was $750,000. If the winner had previously won a Grade 3 Stakes Race, then the purse was $600,000. If the winner had never before won a Graded Stakes Race, then the purse was $500,000.)

Records[edit]

Speed Record:

Most Wins:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2019 Runnin’toluvya 5 Oscar Flores Timothy C. Grams Gram Racing Stables 1:50.56
2018 Something Awesome 7 Edgar Prado Jose Corrales Stronach Stables 1:50.84
2017 Imperative 7 Javier Castellano Robert B. Hess, Jr. Loooch Racing Stables, Inc. and Imaginary Stables 1:53.05
2016 Stanford 4 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Stonestreet Stables/Magnier et al 1:50.55
2015 Moreno 5 Cornelio Velasquez Eric J. Guillot Southern Equine Stable 1:48.81
2014 Imperative 4 Kent Desormeaux George Papaprodromou KM Racing Enterprise 1:50.56
2013 Game On Dude 6 Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC, & 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 1:49.76

Videos[edit]

  • Charles Town Classic Video, Charles Town - April 16, 2011
  • Charles Town Classic Video, Charles Town - April 17, 2010
  • Charles Town Classic Video, Charles Town - April 18, 2009

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