US RACING: Charles Town race track scores with record handle

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While hosting the first live Thoroughbred racing card in the Mid-Atlantic region in nearly two months, Hollywood Casino a Charles Town Races was on Thursday evening also able to establish a new track record for the largest non-Charles Town Classic day handle in track history.

Bettors wagered US$4,330,203 over the course of the nine race programme, the fifth-highest total in the West Virginia facility’s 87-year history. The total trails only the Charles Town Classic events held in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019.

“After the hard work of so many at the track, within the HBPA and at the state level, we’re incredibly proud to be able to re-establish racing for our community and our horseplayers”, said Charles Town’s Vice President of Racing & Sports Operations, Erich Zimny. “There was unquestionably a heightened morale at our property tonight, which is a very welcomed sight during such a difficult time.”

Charles Town will continue racing this (Friday May 15) with the first race kicking off at 7:00 pm ET.  The Friday programme will feature multiple stakes winner Parisian Diva taking on a field of 10 in an allowance test that will go as Race 8.