Official: Track is ready for Classics

October 09, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The track at Charles Town Races & Slots should be ready for tonight's 18th annual West Virginia Breeders Classics races, said Jim Buchanan, senior vice president of government and public affairs for Penn National Gaming Inc.

"We expect so," Buchanan said when asked whether the track will be ready.

Buchanan said races were planned for Friday night and training was held on the oval Friday morning.

Post time for the Breeders Classics races is 7:15 p.m. Purses total $1 million for the races.

Drainage problems in recent weeks forced track workers to put down a new base and a new sand surface.

Track officials attributed the drainage problems to the heavy rains brought by the remnants of Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne.

Sam Huff, president of the West Virginia Breeders Classics, has said the rains washed out parts of the track and caused a large concentration of moisture.


Correcting the wet areas was important because ignoring them might cause an uneven racing surface, officials have said.

The wet areas became apparent after the track was closed for three weeks in August, when a new racing surface was installed.

The track was closed from Sept. 15 to 24 after the wet areas were discovered, and it closed again on Sept. 30.

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