Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a Racino (horse-racing track and Casino) in Charles Town, West Virginia, United States. It opened in 1933, at Hollywood Drive.

History of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

1933 – Before Charles Town, it was Jefferson County Races, opened on December 3, 1933, originally owned by Albert and Joseph Boyle, located in West Virginia, USA. It was the first track in West Virginia to operate when the state legalized racing and parimutuel betting.

1964 – Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course owners purchased the track. Under their management, they first installed lights for night racing.

1972 – It was again sold to Shenandoah Corporation, who also managed the Shenandoah Downs, the only competitor of Charles Town.

1975 – The year-round racing in Shenandoah Downs was moved to Charles Town when it was closed. However, Shenandoah Downs is still utilized as a training track. 

1979 – Sunday racing was introduced. 

1996 – West Virginia voters agreed to place video lottery machines at the state’s tracks.

1997 – Penn National Gaming Inc. purchased the racetrack and enhanced the racetrack by adding simulcast racing, several dining options, and 3,500 slot machines.

2010 – They added table games and an event center for live concerts and shows. On July 2, 2010, the facility was renamed from “Charles Town Races & Slots” to “Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races”. The owner of this track is the Gaming and Leisure Properties, and the Operating license holder is Penn National Gaming.

2018 – Sports betting was introduced at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on August 30, 2018, which became the first casino in West Virginia to feature sports betting. 

Track Details and other Facilities​

Track Details

  • 🐎Measures six furlongs 
  • 🐎600 ft distance from the last turn to the finish line.
  • 🐎The chute measures four and one-half furlongs.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Grandstand
    • Accommodates 3,500 seated patrons 
  • 🐎Clubhouse
    • Accommodates 2,500 seated patrons
  • 🐎Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Air-conditioned, and Bar
  • 🐎Casino
    • 3,500 slot machines
    • Table Games
      • over 100 table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, live poker, Mini-Baccarat, and Pai Gow Poker
      • 24 poker tables
  • 🐎Live entertainment
  • 🐎Hotel (The Inn at Charles Town)
    • A 153-room hotel

Major Events and Schedule

Major Events

  • The Sprint Festival
    • Inaugurated on 2008 
    • Four open Stakes
      1. Charles Town Invitational Dash (for colts and geldings three years old and up in 4½ furlongs)
      2. Lady Charles Town (for 3-year-old fillies at 4½ furlongs
      3. West Virginia Sprint Derby (for 3-year-olds at 4½ furlongs)
      4. Red Legend Stakes (for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs)
  • West Virginia Breeders’ Classic
    • Inaugurated in 1987 by NFL Hall of Fame Sam Huff 
  • Charles Town Classic
    • Inaugurated on 2009
    • It is for older horses running a distance of one and 1/8 miles. 
    • One of the wealthiest Thoroughbred races in the U.S. Below only by the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
    • Purse 
      • “Tiered”
      • Ranging from $500,000 to $1,500,000

Graded Events

  • Grade III
        • 🐴Charles Town Classic
        • 🐴Charles Town Oaks

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a casino, hotel, and thoroughbred horse racing complex in Charles Town, West Virginia. It is 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Washington, D.C., and a one-hour drive from the Baltimore and D.C. beltways. 


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