Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
Charles Town Races WV1.jpg
Charles Town Races track and grandstand
Location Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
Address 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414
Opening dateDecember 3, 1933
ThemeSilver Screen Slots, OK Corral Slots, Slot City, Slot Central and Hollywood Slots
No. of rooms150
Notable restaurantsSkyline Terrace, Skybox, Epic Buffet, Final Cut, 9 Dragons
Casino typeRacetrack
OwnerGaming and Leisure Properties
Operating license holderPenn National Gaming
Previous namesJefferson County Races, Charles Town Races & Slots
CoordinatesCoordinates: 39°17′44″N 77°50′55″W / 39.2956497°N 77.8486061°W / 39.2956497; -77.8486061
Websitehollywoodcasinocharlestown.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 by Gaming and Leisure Properties 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, table games, and sports betting.

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]

Horse racing[edit]

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.

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. The race has attracted top-class performers including Game On Dude and Shared Belief.

Other facilities[edit]

Hotel[edit]

Also on the property is a 153-room hotel, The Inn at Charles Town, and several dining facilities including: a food court, sports bar, fine dining restaurant, and the Skyline Terrace which overlooks the track. However, while a hot buffet breakfast is served at the hotel, the previously mentioned dining facilities are not located in the hotel. The property offers a shuttle between the hotel and casino/race track for its patrons.

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".

Sports betting[edit]

On August 30, 2018, sports betting began at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The casino is the first in West Virginia to offer sports betting.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Ramsey, Eric (August 30, 2018). "Hollywood Casino Launches West Virginia Sports Betting Ahead of Schedule". Legal Sports Report. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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