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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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January 25, 2000
By LARRY YANOS / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Betty Newman accepted a challenge from good friend Ruby Stine in 1966 and has been involved with thoroughbred horse racing at Charles Town ever since. cont. from lifestyle Newman, born and raised in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and now residing in Charles Town with her husband, Charles, has been matre d' in the dining room at Charles Town Races since 1994 after previously serving as a waitress, hostess and dining room manager.
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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 DAVE McMILLION | March 11, 2000
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - John Desmond, the upbeat emcee at the Charles Town Races, climbed aboard a tour bus full of racing fans Friday night to welcome them to a night of gambling. The crowd was pumped up, and it was obvious the party had already begun as their bus pulled up to the front entrance of the track. "How is everybody?" Desmond asked over a public address system on the bus. They yelled in response. Desmond asked the group how many were members of the track's Player's Club, which entitles them to free prizes.
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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 | 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 | February 23, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - If all goes as planned, a piece of Jefferson County racing history is headed for the wrecking ball. To create room for more development, Charles Town Races & Slots officials told Jefferson County Planning Commission members Tuesday night they are planning to tear down the Shenandoah Downs facility. Shenandoah Downs, a short distance from Charles Town Races & Slots off Fifth Avenue, was a second horse racing track that operated at the same time as the track at Charles Town.
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by CANDICE BOSLEY | May 28, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In the movie "Field of Dreams," actor Kevin Costner's character hears a voice amid his corn whispering, "If you build it, he will come. " Del. John Doyle believes if someone comes up with the right proposal, Charles Town Races & Slots will build a longer track. Doyle, D-Jefferson, is hoping he might be that person. Doyle met for about 90 minutes Friday morning with John Finamore, senior vice president-regional operations for the track, pitching "around half a dozen" proposals on how the track could be extended from six to seven furlongs without forcing horsemen to lose their livelihoods.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | June 19, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A new road and traffic circle, similar to one in Ranson, W.Va., could be built off the Flowing Springs Road exit of W.Va. 9 to help ease traffic problems at what is a busy four-way stop near Charles Town Races & Slots in Jefferson County, highway officials said. No cost estimate has been done and a timeline has not been established for the potential project, said Randy Epperly, deputy state highway engineer. If the project is determined to be feasible after an engineering study is finished, public hearings would be held, he said.
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