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NEWS
November 21, 2006
Maryland officials learned last week that the state's so-called "structural deficit" - the projected gap between revenues and expenses - has grown from $4 billion to $5.8 billion. Legislative leaders such as Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller have all but ruled out tax increases, saying he feels that "belt-tightening" will be the preferred option in 2007, with aid to local governments a prime target. Before that happens, we recommend that lawmakers take another look at a fundraising option that every state bordering Maryland is using - slot machines.
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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 | November 7, 2004
larryy@herald-mail.com Management and horsemen at Charles Town Races & Slots have agreed on a new live racing schedule for the months of November and December. The format will include the standing Sunday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday format as well as some Monday and Tuesday events and a special New Year's Eve 1 p.m. card. "Both management and horsemen wanted to make up dates which were lost when the racetrack was shut down earlier in the year because of an unsafe racing surface.
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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 | January 1, 2006
Charles Town Races & Slots kicks off its 2006 live thoroughbred racing schedule today with a 1 p.m. card. "We'll be running a minimum of 220 days in 2006, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays in January and February," said Wayne Harrison, president of the Charles Town Divisision/Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. Harrison said the Charles Town-based horsemen wanted to race more days in January and February but agreed with management on a contract that calls for 10 races on Thursday and Friday and 12 on Saturday.
NEWS
by LARRY YANOS | August 27, 2006
Live thoroughbred racing shifted to Timonium, Md., on Saturday for eight days at the Maryland State Fair. Normally, that would be good news for Charles Town-based jockey Travis Dunkelberger - the defending champion at the small racetrack. However, Dunkelberger will miss this year's meet. This past Thursday, his mount in the first race at Charles Town Races & Slots - Sassy Sheri- flipped in the paddock and sent Dunkelberger to the sidelines with a variety of injuries. "It's very disappointing," Dunkelberger said.
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By LARRY YANOS | October 24, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia Breeders Classics could actually be called the "Casey Classics. " In the first 11 years of the thoroughbred racing event, the James W. Casey family has dominated the series for West Virginia-bred or sired horses. And they will definitely make their presence felt again this weekend at Charles Town Races. The Casey racing family, which includes James W. and Eleanor Casey and sons John A. and James M., has at least one horse in all five Classics races - headed by tonight's $75,000-added F&M National Corporation Cavada Breeders Classic and Sunday afternoon's featured $150,000 Breeders Classic.
NEWS
May 9, 2006
Top equine researchers and industry leaders are to be featured at the Maryland Horse Health and Disease Prevention Seminar next month. The University of Maryland Extension Service said talks include: identifying illness in horses; controlling infectious diseases; myths and facts about equine vaccinations; and disease prevention measures. The seminar, which begins at 2 p.m. June 8 at Laurel Park Racecourse, is to be broadcast to four satellite locations, including the Western Maryland Research and Education Center near Keedysville.
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by LARRY YANOS | June 18, 2006
And the walls came tumbling down. The once majestic Shenandoah Downs Racetrack was closed for good this past Wednesday when dynamite was detonated in the structure, causing the antiquated facility to collapse. From its inception in May 1959 to its final race in 1978, it gained many friends. It was the first night thoroughbred racetrack in the United States. "It was a grand old track. The patrons loved it," said Richard (Dickie) Moore, the director of racing at Charles Town Races & Slots.
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By LARRY YANOS | January 15, 2006
If Charles Town horse racing fans had it their way, track announcer Costy Caras never would have taken a vacation during his 30 plus-year tenure at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval. Charles Town's voice of racing, Constantine L. Caras, died last Saturday at the Shenandoah Health Village Center in Charles Town at age 81. He had a style all his own and friends and racing patrons actually would be disappointed when the colorful character was not behind the microphone. "Where's Costy?"
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