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by DAVE McMILLION | June 15, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. The willow trees that gracefully lined one turn of the track? Gone. The rose bushes that used to be planted around the property? Gone. The water fountains that once welcomed patrons to one of the first tracks in the country to have nighttime horse racing? Gone. Those visions of Shenandoah Downs racetrack, closed since 1979, have been history for some time, but they were on the minds of many Wednesday as one of the last vestiges of the thoroughbred track fell by the wayside.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | June 3, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In 1958, high school student John Doyle obtained a job with the newly opened Shenandoah Downs, working as a doorman and usher for the horse racetrack's Starlight Terrace. Two years later, he got another job, this time parking cars for guests at Charles Town Races, a track that opened years earlier and across the street from the now-dilapidated Shenandoah Downs. Both jobs put Doyle, now a member of the House of Delegates from Jefferson County, through college and led to the creation of friendships with people in the horse racing industry, Doyle told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday afternoon.
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by LARRY YANOS | June 11, 2006
Although the underpayment has dropped to $2.5 million in the horsemens' account, Charles Town director of racing Dickie Moore and racing secretary Doug Lamp see no foreseeable cuts in the upcoming purse structure or scheduling for thoroughbred racing. "We've probably had as much as $5.4 million in the account this year but the $2.5 figure is still OK," Lamp said. "Things should improve as the year goes on, and slot machine revenue and racing revenue will improve with better weather and increased attendance.
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by TARA REILLY | August 31, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com About 300 horse owners and trainers voiced concerns Saturday about the proposed expansion of Charles Town Races & Slots' thoroughbred track, with some claiming they'll lose money if the plan goes through. The proposal, made by the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's Board of Directors, calls for expanding the three-quarter mile track from six furlongs to seven furlongs, association President Dick Watson said. Expanding the track by a furlong would allow the width of the track to be expanded by 20 feet on the home stretch and 10 feet on the back stretch, track President Jim Buchanan has said.
NEWS
March 28, 2007
From the week of March 25, 1957 Members of the Leitersburg Fire Department have voted to purchase a former filling station and garage in the community to serve as a fire hall, Rene Galmiche, president of the organization, announced today. The building is the former gas station and garage of Earl Kline and is located one block from the square in Leitersburg. The facilities used by the company since it was organized are not adequate for its needs, Galmiche pointed out. The finance committee of the organization is now studying ways and means of raising funds necessary to purchase the new quarters.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | May 20, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The six-furlong track at Charles Town Races & Slots could be a reason why an inordinate number of horses need to be euthanized, an official with the track said Thursday, but other more likely possibilities include the kinds of horses being raced, the fact that there's no second state veterinarian at the track and because the track is the busiest in the country, he said. John V. Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Charles Town Races & Slots, was asked about the number of horse deaths by Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp during the commissioners' meeting Thursday morning.
NEWS
May 14, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Lollapalooza, a day-long rock concert and carnival that has been coming to Charles Town since 1993, won't play a gig here this summer, track officials and a promoter said Tuesday. I.M.P., a Washington, D.C., promotion company that in the past has organized the event locally, was unable to get Lollapalooza on a date this year that did not conflict with racing at nearby Charles Town Races, said I.M.P. attorney Mike Biel.
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March 22, 1997
By LARRY YANOS Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three familiar faces will be missing when Charles Town Races reopens this spring. Betty Longerbeam, Joe Servis and Elwood Heironimus have retired. When the West Virginia thoroughbred oval closed in 1996, Servis and Heronimus were state stewards while Longerbeam was a secretary/receptionist for the board of stewards and the state veterinarian. All three decided to leave the thoroughbred horse racing industry. The 65-year-old Longerbeam started working at Charles Town Races in 1982 and was responsible for the book work involving the three stewards and the state veterinarian.
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by DAVE McMILLION | August 13, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Horsemen and owners of Charles Town Races & Slots are considering expanding the size of the facility's thoroughbred track, a project that could cost more than $5 million if it is approved, track officials said Tuesday. The proposal calls for expanding the three-quarter mile track from six furlongs to seven furlongs, said track President Jim Buchanan. Expanding the track by a furlong would allow the width of the track to be expanded by 20 feet on the home stretch and 10 feet on the back stretch, Buchanan said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 15, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com An informational packet containing details of a proposed expansion of Charles Town Races & Slots will be given to all members of a local horsemen's group so they can better understand the proposal, an official said Sunday. Dick Watson, president of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, declined to say whether horsemen will be able to vote on the expansion, which could cost more than $5 million. Some horsemen have been concerned how the proposed expansion of the track would affect their profits.
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March 28, 2007
From the week of March 25, 1957 Members of the Leitersburg Fire Department have voted to purchase a former filling station and garage in the community to serve as a fire hall, Rene Galmiche, president of the organization, announced today. The building is the former gas station and garage of Earl Kline and is located one block from the square in Leitersburg. The facilities used by the company since it was organized are not adequate for its needs, Galmiche pointed out. The finance committee of the organization is now studying ways and means of raising funds necessary to purchase the new quarters.
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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 DAVE McMILLION | June 15, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. The willow trees that gracefully lined one turn of the track? Gone. The rose bushes that used to be planted around the property? Gone. The water fountains that once welcomed patrons to one of the first tracks in the country to have nighttime horse racing? Gone. Those visions of Shenandoah Downs racetrack, closed since 1979, have been history for some time, but they were on the minds of many Wednesday as one of the last vestiges of the thoroughbred track fell by the wayside.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | June 3, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In 1958, high school student John Doyle obtained a job with the newly opened Shenandoah Downs, working as a doorman and usher for the horse racetrack's Starlight Terrace. Two years later, he got another job, this time parking cars for guests at Charles Town Races, a track that opened years earlier and across the street from the now-dilapidated Shenandoah Downs. Both jobs put Doyle, now a member of the House of Delegates from Jefferson County, through college and led to the creation of friendships with people in the horse racing industry, Doyle told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday afternoon.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | May 20, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The six-furlong track at Charles Town Races & Slots could be a reason why an inordinate number of horses need to be euthanized, an official with the track said Thursday, but other more likely possibilities include the kinds of horses being raced, the fact that there's no second state veterinarian at the track and because the track is the busiest in the country, he said. John V. Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Charles Town Races & Slots, was asked about the number of horse deaths by Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp during the commissioners' meeting Thursday morning.
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BY LARRY YANOS | February 27, 2005
Former horse racing official Frank Utterback has some fond memories of the Shenandoah Downs Racetrack. The once revered racing oval made the news again this past week when officials with Charles Town Races & Slots announced a piece of Jefferson County racing history is headed for the wrecking ball. The property, a short distance from Charles Town off Fifth Avenue, was one a second horse racing track that operated at the same time as the track at Charles Town. Shenandoah Downs opened in 1959 and operated for about 16 years.
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 3, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - In one picture dating to 1957, Jimmy Durante is seen leaning over the fence at what is now Charles Town Races & Slots. A crowd of horse-racing fans gazing in the same direction is behind the famous comic. In another photograph, taken the year before, former Gov. Cecil Underwood cuts a ribbon during the opening of Shenandoah Downs, another horse-racing track that used to operate adjacent to the current oval. The rest of the pictorial book contains a broad range of historical images of Charles Town, like a horse-drawn "hardware wagon" that used to deliver ice, coal, wood, feed and cement.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 2, 2004
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. Horsemen, jockeys, breeders and a representative of the West Virginia Breeders Classics said Friday through a spokesman that the track at Charles Town Races & Slots will not reopen until their consultant says it's OK. Wayne Harrison, acting president of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, said members of the HBPA's board of directors, representatives of the breeders and jockeys and Sam Huff, president of...
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 15, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com An informational packet containing details of a proposed expansion of Charles Town Races & Slots will be given to all members of a local horsemen's group so they can better understand the proposal, an official said Sunday. Dick Watson, president of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, declined to say whether horsemen will be able to vote on the expansion, which could cost more than $5 million. Some horsemen have been concerned how the proposed expansion of the track would affect their profits.
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