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Charles town to race limited stakes

July 10, 2005

The Charles Town Races & Slots will have a limited stakes schedule the remainder of 2005.

Management and horsemen are close to agreement on accredited West Virginia races and the "open" $100,000 Charles Town Dash - which was originally scheduled for July 4 - could be tabled for the fall.

"We'll have the Frank Gall Stakes and the West Virginia Futurity and they will carry purses of $50,000 each," Charles Town Director of Racing Richard (Dickie) Moore said. "We'll also have other West Virginia accredited stakes races and they'll be $40,000 each."

Moore said the majority of the Charles Town-based horsemen wanted to trim the stakes schedule, allowing more purse money for the overnight races.

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Brande Larrimore, the executive director of the Charles Town Division/Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, said four of the West Virginia accredited stakes races will be conducted on Owners Day, July 31.

The Owners Day card features the H.B.P.A. Horsemen's Stakes, the H.B.P.A. Dash, the H.B.P.A. West Virginia Stakes and the H.B.P.A. West Viriginia State Racing Commission Stakes.

All are $40,000-added with a preference given to horses which have run at Charles Town.

The nominations close on July 17.

On another matter, Larrimore said, "There's a lot of interest in the Dash, consideration is being given to running it in the fall. Management and horsemen have not made a final decision and it will not necessarily be run for $100,000."

-- Moore discussed some other matters concerning the West Virginia thoroughbed oval.

"Good progress is being made on the three new barns at Charles Town and a new training track, both should be completed by late November or early December," Moore said. "The new barns will accomodate 240 stalls and the new training track will be 3/8 of a mile and 45 feet wide. Both will be beneficial to the horsemen here."

-- "The Charles Town horsemen are maintaining $2.5 million in the account but the export signal and overall simulcating are getting mixed reviews," Moore said. "The export signal is doing well but the simulcasting is down. I understand it is down all over the country. I attribute that to short fields at most racetracks."

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Add Maryland-based jockey Ryan Fogelsonger to the list of reality television stars when the 24-year-old rider stars in True Life: I want the Perfect Body II.

The one-hour documentary will air today at 4.

From mid-December to Preakness day, a crew from MTV visited Fogelsonger seven times to chronicle the 2002 Eclipse Award winning apprentice as he tried to add eight pounds of muscle to his 104 pound frame.

In less than 40 months as a jockey, Fogelsonger has 858 career victories from 4,150 mounts with earnings of $16.8 million and nine riding titles on his resume.




Larry Yanos is sports editor of The Daily Mail. He covers horse racing for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at larryy@herald-mail.com

The Charles Town Races & Slots will have a limited stakes schedule the remainder of 2005.

Management and horsemen are close to agreement on accredited West Virginia races and the "open" $100,000 Charles Town Dash - which was originally scheduled for July 4 - could be tabled for the fall.

"We'll have the Frank Gall Stakes and the West Virginia Futurity and they will carry purses of $50,000 each," Charles Town Director of Racing Richard (Dickie) Moore said. "We'll also have other West Virginia accredited stakes races and they'll be $40,000 each."

Moore said the majority of the Charles Town-based horsemen wanted to trim the stakes schedule, allowing more purse money for the overnight races.

Brande Larrimore, the executive director of the Charles Town Division/Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, said four of the West Virginia accredited stakes races will be conducted on Owners Day, July 31.

The Owners Day card features the H.B.P.A. Horsemen's Stakes, the H.B.P.A. Dash, the H.B.P.A. West Virginia Stakes and the H.B.P.A. West Viriginia State Racing Commission Stakes.

All are $40,000-added with a preference given to horses which have run at Charles Town.

The nominations close on July 17.

On another matter, Larrimore said, "There's a lot of interest in the Dash, consideration is being given to running it in the fall. Management and horsemen have not made a final decision and it will not necessarily be run for $100,000."

n Moore discussed some other matters concerning the West Virginia thoroughbed oval.

"Good progress is being made on the three new barns at Charles Town and a new training track, both should be completed by late November or early December," Moore said. "The new barns will accomodate 240 stalls and the new training track will be 3/8 of a mile and 45 feet wide. Both will be beneficial to the horsemen here."

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