CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Less than a month after opening a new $8 million racing surface, the thoroughbred track at Charles Town Races & Slots has been shut down due to a drainage problem, a Penn National Gaming Inc. official said Monday.
The track was closed last Wednesday and Thursday because of wet areas discovered on the oval, said Eric Schippers, vice president of public affairs for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the track.
Then the track was closed Friday due to the remnants of Hurricane Ivan passing through the area, Schippers said.
The track has not opened since as track officials try to correct the drainage problem, Schippers said.
Track officials need to correct the wet areas on the track because ignoring it can cause an uneven racing surface, Schippers said.