By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Penn National Gaming Inc. is expected to sign the final papers to purchase the Charles Town Races around the end of the month, track President Roger Ramey said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, architects and engineers have already started some of the preliminary work on the renovation of the 63-year-old oval, Ramey said.
"As soon as the changeover in ownership takes place, you can start to see some dirt flying," said Ramey.
Ramey said attorneys from both sides are currently negotiating the sale of the track to Penn National.
Penn National Gaming Inc., which operates the Penn National Race Course near Harrisburg, Pa., said it would take over the struggling thoroughbred track if county voters approved video lottery in the general election.