Horse Racing

Charles Town asked for less than 15 days in ’23


Charles Town Races on Tuesday approved a 15-day reduction for 2023 from the 2022 allocation, with the understanding that the 164-show schedule could be reviewed mid-year to include additional dates. additional if finance warrants additional races.

The awarding of race dates in West Virginia is a somewhat confusing multi-step process bound by a state law that requires Charles Town to register for 220 shows per year. The state’s other thoroughbred racetrack, Climbing Park, requires a 210-day registration.

But what has finally happened in recent seasons is that after the West Virginia Racing Commission (WVRC) initially approved the 220 and 210 dates, both venues later went back before the commission to claim The reduced demand reflects the content of each track and its own. The Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) respectively considers this a possible schedule based on the amount of money available in the wallet.

in WVRC meeting November 14Mountaineer received additional approval to reduce its schedule to 124 days in 2023, cutting six programs from the 130 the track was awarded in 2022.

Also at that November 14 meeting, WVRC executive director Joe Moore noted that Charles Town had been approved for 179 programs by 2022.

But at the December 20 meeting, Moore said that Charles Town only finished the 173-day race because of a cancellation during the 2022 season that just ended on December 17.

So, ahead of Tuesday’s 3-0 unanimous vote of commissioners, Charles Town’s 164-day amendment request was framed by Moore as a nine-day reduction based on actual program counts.

But according to the 179-day allocation he stated earlier in November, that’s a parsing of 15 cards.

“Requirement comes with agreement [by] track and the HBPA they will meet in July to review their live race schedule and existing wallets to assess if there is a possibility of any additional dates at the end of the calendar year.” Moore said.

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