Congratulations to Jay Fortney on his appointment as president and genral manager of the Charles Town Races. His achievements, at Penn National and Detroit Race Course, certainly justified hiring him to revitalize the local track.
We believe it's important for revitalization to happen, for two reasons. As the county's largest employer, the track provides jobs to many whose long concentration on thorough bred care means they couldn't be easilty absorbed into the genral work force.
And if the track prospers, it is more likely that Jefferson County will retain its rural character, since horses need pastures to run in, and feed grown and sold by local people.
But just because a positve outcome would result from revitalization doesn't mean it will happen. Charles Town's recent performance - dropping attendance, a falling handle - suggests this patient needs more than cosmetic surgery to regain full health.