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by LARRY YANOS | November 9, 2003
larryy@herald-mail.com Management and horsemen at the Charles Town Races & Slots are considering adding an 11th race on the program for the remainder of the 2003 session. "We're very much in favor of this but management still has some concerns," said Dick Watson, president of the Charles Town Division/Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. "The one added race will enable us to get 50 more horses on the racetrack each week. I think it will extrenely beneficial.
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by LARRY YANOS | December 3, 2006
The thoroughbred horse racing industry lost one of its most beloved characters last week with the passing of Willie Clark. The retired jockey, once the oldest rider in the country, died Nov. 25. He was 84. According to Charles Town chaplain Rick Mann, a memorial service for Clark will be held Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m., in the second-floor grandstand at Charles Town Races & Slots. "Everyone has a Willie Clark story," Mann said. "The service is for the horsemen, but the general public is also invited to attend.
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By LARRY YANOS | September 30, 2007
Charles Town Races & Slots will feature an abbreviated live thoroughbred racing schedule in October. "We'll run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for most of October, trimming the Wednesday card from the schedule," Charles Town racing secretary Doug Lamp said. "The only possible change in that schedule will be the week of Oct. 21, when we shut down for track maintenance. If all goes well, we should be able to resume live racing on that Thursday (Oct. 24). " Lamp said the October schedule had nothing to do with shortage of horses.
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by LARRY YANOS | October 26, 2003
Talk about a career change! Five years ago, Stan Ning went from respiratory therapist to jockey. "I was making a fairly decent living," said Ning, who has a biology degree from the University of California-Riverside. "When I was 25 one of my friends said, 'Why don't you think about being a jockey?'" The California resident accepted the challenge. Ning took riding lessons for six months, was introduced to jockey-turned-trainer Frank Olivares and started to learn all the ropes of thoroughbred horse racing.
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By LARRY YANOS | January 6, 2008
Six states in the Mid-Atlantic Region have discussed the process of banning anabolic steroids in thoroughbred race horses. "It looks like April is the likely starting date when the various states will implement the ban," said Michael Hopkins - the Executive Director of the Maryland State Racing Commission. "Some will start April 1, others on April 15. Here in Maryland, we are shooting for April 17, the opening day of the spring meet at Pimlico. " The Mid-Atlantic Racing Commissions include representatives from Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.
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By LARRY YANOS | January 20, 2008
Jockey Arnaldo Bocachica and trainer Jeff Runco won championships in 2007 at Charles Town Races & Slots. Bocachica, a native of Puerto Rico, was the leading rider at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval for the year (210 wins, 172 second-place finishes and 151 thirds) while Runco led the trainers with 145 wins, 110 seconds and 116 thirds. The 19-year-old Bocachica made most of his rides last year for Runco. "Arnaldo is an excellent jockey," his agent, Gersom Rodriquez, said Saturday.
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By Larry Yanos | October 28, 2007
The handicappers knew what they were doing last Saturday at Charles Town Races & Slots. The program for the West Virginia Breeders Classics XXI was impressive. The mutuel payoffs? That's another matter. It was definitely "chalk night" at Charles Town. During the eight-race card, favorites won seven races. The only exception was the featured $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic XXI for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, when 12-1 longshot Eastern Delite defeated heavily favored Confucius Say and returned a winning mutuel of $27.00.
NEWS
by LARRY YANOS | December 22, 2003
Other than the weather, Maryland-based jockey Abel Castellano Jr. is feeling pretty comfortable these days. The 20-year-old rider, a native of Venezuela, is closing in on the fall meet title at Laurel Park and is enjoying every minute of it. "I love to ride, can't worry about the weather," Castellano said. "I'm not used to this cold weather but I'll be OK. I could go to Florida for the winter, but I'm staying here. I'm buying a home. I like the people and it's a good place to live.
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April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- The Preakness Stakes horse race would have extra protections to remain in Baltimore under a plan approved Monday by the General Assembly that would allow Maryland to buy the second leg of the Triple Crown to prevent it from being moved. The Maryland House of Delegates voted 93-43 to pass a measure already advanced by the state Senate. Gov. Martin O'Malley, who proposed the emergency legislation last week, is expected to sign it as the legislative session winds down.
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By LARRY YANOS | September 7, 2008
If you're an exotic bettor and a J.D. Acosta follower, then Friday was your night to shine at Charles Town Races & Slots. Acosta, one of the leading riders in the country in races won, captured all four legs of the Pick 4 at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval and increased his lead in Charles Town's 2008 jockey standings. This year, he ranks third nationally in races won -- trailing only Russell Baze (286 wins) and Ramon Dominguez (237). Through Friday, the rider showed 233 wins, 178 second-place finishes and 164 third-place finishes from 1,095 mounts.
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By LARRY YANOS | March 23, 2008
The horsemen's account at Charles Town Races & Slots has a healthy $4,500,000 underpayment (money in the account) and director of racing Richard "Dickie" Moore sees no significant changes in the purse structure in the upcoming months. "We haven't changed the purse structure in a year, and I don't see it happening anywhere soon," Moore said. "The latest condition book carries an average of about $180,000 per day, and it should stay that way for a while. Management and horsemen seem fine with that figure.
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By Larry Yanos | March 9, 2008
Over the years, Charles Town Races & Slots has lost numerous live racing days because of drainage problems on the track. A few too many raindrops or snowflakes produced a dangerous racing surface. That has not been the case in 2008. "I think we've only lost two or three days so far in 2008, and those dates will easily be made up later in the year when we go to a three-day-a-week schedule," said Richard Moore, director of racing at Charles Town. "It's been a mild winter but an improved racetrack surface has eased the weather concerns.
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By LARRY YANOS | January 20, 2008
Jockey Arnaldo Bocachica and trainer Jeff Runco won championships in 2007 at Charles Town Races & Slots. Bocachica, a native of Puerto Rico, was the leading rider at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval for the year (210 wins, 172 second-place finishes and 151 thirds) while Runco led the trainers with 145 wins, 110 seconds and 116 thirds. The 19-year-old Bocachica made most of his rides last year for Runco. "Arnaldo is an excellent jockey," his agent, Gersom Rodriquez, said Saturday.
NEWS
By LARRY YANOS | January 6, 2008
Six states in the Mid-Atlantic Region have discussed the process of banning anabolic steroids in thoroughbred race horses. "It looks like April is the likely starting date when the various states will implement the ban," said Michael Hopkins - the Executive Director of the Maryland State Racing Commission. "Some will start April 1, others on April 15. Here in Maryland, we are shooting for April 17, the opening day of the spring meet at Pimlico. " The Mid-Atlantic Racing Commissions include representatives from Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.
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By LARRY YANOS | December 16, 2007
Jockeys Mario Pino, Richard Migliore, Roberto Gonzalez, Aaron Gryder and Randy Meier are the five finalists for the 2008 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Now in its 59th year, the Woolf Award is presented annually by Santa Anita Park to honor riders whose careers and personal character reflect positively on the individual and the sport of thoroughbred racing. Former Charles Town and Maryland-based jockey Phil Grove is among the former winners. The native of Frederick, Md., is currently a state steward in Maryland.
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By LARRY YANOS | November 11, 2007
Long-time Charles Town-based jockey, trainer and state steward Patsy Grant died last Thursday at the Winchester, Va., Medical Center. He was 86. "Patsy was a good guy," said Joe Servis. "For many years, I played cards and golf with him. And I knew him for years around the racetrack. He loved the races. " Servis said Grant began his race-riding career in 1935 in New York and competed up and down the East Coast as well as in Cuba before coming to West Virginia in the early 1940s.
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By Larry Yanos | October 28, 2007
The handicappers knew what they were doing last Saturday at Charles Town Races & Slots. The program for the West Virginia Breeders Classics XXI was impressive. The mutuel payoffs? That's another matter. It was definitely "chalk night" at Charles Town. During the eight-race card, favorites won seven races. The only exception was the featured $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic XXI for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, when 12-1 longshot Eastern Delite defeated heavily favored Confucius Say and returned a winning mutuel of $27.00.
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By LARRY YANOS | October 7, 2007
Tri-State area thoroughbred racing fans will have a rooting interest in the Breeders' Cup World Championships later this month. The 11-race, $23 million card will be held at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Two Maryland jockeys, Mario Pino and Raymond Dominguez, will be competing on the Jersey shore Oct. 26 and 27 and Penn National-based trainer Todd Beattie will saddle Fabulous Strike in the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup sprint. The 4-year-old gelding - a Pennsylvania-bred - earned a trip to the big dance by posting an impressive 5 3/4-length victory in last Sunday's Grade I $400,000 Vosburgh Handicap at Belmont Park.
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