Charles Town

Charles Town Suspends Live Racing

Charles Town has suspended its live racing program following West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's statewide "stay at home" order which will shut down non-essential businesses as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. The track will remain open in the mornings for horsemen on the grounds to continue with light training. As of Monday evening, West Virginia had 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Maybe Wicked Retired

Stakes winner Maybe Wicked (Mizzen Mast--Something Wicked, by Chimes Band) has been retired from racing, breeder and co-owner Oscar Benavides announced Sunday. Trained by Brad Cox, the 5-year-old mare won last year's West Virginia Secretary of State S. On the board in eight of 15 lifetime starts, she retires with five wins and earnings of $250,283. "She will have a very deserved rest to start next year's breeding season," Benavides's Montesacro Farm tweeted. "Thanks for all the support she received during her career and thanks to our partner Alejandro Machado...

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Charles Town Resumes Racing Friday; Classic Postponed

Charles Town will resume live racing Friday and has postponed the Apr. 18 GII Charles Town Classic, which will be rescheduled on a not yet determined date. With Charles Town's reopening will come new steps to ensure the safety of its personnel and racing participants as the property will be closed entirely to the general public until further notice. The grandstand will be closed for all simulcast and live wagering and not available to anyone other than essential track and West Virginia Racing Commission personnel needed to conduct the live...

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Expanded MATCH Series Offers $3.75M in Purses in 2020

The popular Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) has been renewed for 2020, with an expanded schedule and an increase in owner, trainer and breeder bonus money thanks to new partner racetracks, horsemen's groups and breeder associations, the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced Tuesday. The Series, which returned in 2018 after a 16-year hiatus and works toward the larger goal of coordination in a region with the largest concentration of daily racing in the United States, has grown to 35 stakes at eight tracks with a combined $3.75 million in purses for...

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