Management, horsemen agree on 2005 schedule

December 26, 2004|by LARRY YANOS

Management and horsemen at Charles Town Races & Slots have agreed on a live racing schedule for 2005.

The contract was signed Thursday at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval.

"I think both sides are satisfied," Charles Town director of racing Richard "Dickie"Moore said. "We'll offer a four-day-a-week schedule in January - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - and then add another day to the schedule in February. That will remain for the rest of the year."

The West Virginia Racing Commission has granted Charles Town 210 live racing dates for 2005 but Moore says a request will be made later in the spring to add 35 additional dates.

"The initial plan of management was to shut down live racing in January and February because we generally lose so many dates to inclement weather but the horsemen wanted to run," Moore said. "They didn't want any down time."


Moore said the 2005 schedule has been completed and any dates lost early in the campaign will be made up in November and December.

"We left a little cushion in November and December to make up for any days lost," Moore said.

Wayne Harrison, president of the Charles Town Division/Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, represented the horsemen in the negotiations.

The West Virginia State Racing Commission requires the two dog tracks and horse tracks to run a minimum of 210 live racing dates each year.

Playing out the string

The Charles Town Races & Slots and the Maryland Jockey Club have announced the live thoroughbred racing schedule for the remainder of 2004.

· The Charles Town Races & Slots will offer programs today at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:15 and Friday at 1.

· The Pimlico Race Course will offer live thoroughbred horse racing today, Monday, Thursday and Friday with post times at 12:35.

On Jan. 1, the 2005 Pimlico-Laurel Park winter meet opens with the $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes for horses just turning three.

Charles Town Races & Slots also will offer live racing on New Year's Day. Post time will be at at 7:15 p.m.

Larry Yanos is sports editor of The Daily Mail. He covers horse racing for The Herald-Mail.

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