Charles Town Horse Racing Track in West Virginia

Situated in Charlestown West Virginia, the popular gambling establishment of Charles Town Races and Slots is owned by Penn National Gaming, and is renowned for hosting the West Virginia Breeders' Classic. As the name suggests, Charles Town Races & Slots boasts some 4,000 slot machines for gamblers to court Lady Luck in a sophisticated ambiance.

Opened in December 1933, Charles Town Races was the only race track in operation in the State at the time. Today, thoroughbred racing is held at Charles Town year-round on Wednesdays to Sundays. Thundering hooves race across the 6 furlong racing track. Charles Town race track has a full calendar featuring races such as the West Virginia Distaff Stakes, Turn Capp Stakes, Charles Town Dash, HBPA Horsemen’s Stakes, Dr. Ernest Brenner Stakes, Country Road Stakes, Lady Charles Town Stakes, Sadie Hawkins Stakes, Robert R. Hilton Memorial Stakes, HBPA Governor’s Cup, WV Lottery Breeders Classic, Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders Classic, Sylvia Bishop Memorial Stakes and of course the West Virginia Breeders Classic. Charles Town Races and Slots offers racegoers an exciting race experience accompanied by an abundance of entertainment. Simulcast racing at the track allows patrons to bet on other events, such as harness and dog racing, which are taking place all around the USA.

Penn National Gaming Inc. has put a lot of money into creating a fantastic entertainment establishment. New gaming areas have been created and a food court ensures that no one goes hungry. Choose from a variety of dishes at eateries such as Long Shots Deli, Skyline Terrace Dining Room, Sundance Grill and others. Many regular visitors take advantage of the Players’ Choice Club affording them many benefits and opportunities to win excellent prizes.

A famous name in the history of Charles Town Races & Slots is Bill Hartack, an exceptional jockey. Beginning his career at the race track in 1952, he went on to ride 24 victors in a 19-day meet. In his career he won a total 4,277 races, and amongst his accomplishments were the Kentucky Derby (5 wins), the Belmont and the Preakness (3 wins).

Charles Town Races and Slots in West Virginia is the destination of winners. For endless entertainment and good times, Charles Town is the choice of many a horse racing fan.

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