(Press Release) In addition to celebrating its 80th racing season at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races saw the United States’ richest thoroughbred race outside of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup held over its oval, the track earn its second graded stakes in December, a late closing finish by Fred High to deny Russell Road a third West Virginia Breeders’ Classic, the first ever Eclipse Award earned by an individual or horse based in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle and the first ever Grade 1 score by a Charles Town based trainer when Ollie Figgins, III saddled Dance to Bristol to a victory in the Ballerina at Saratoga.

After the final day of live racing for 2013 was completed on the evening of December 28, those highlights were key drivers in Charles Town ultimately producing an average daily all-sources handle number of $992,368 – which includes all completed live racing programs – that represented the second highest annual total in the track’s aforementioned 80 year history, just missing the record number of $1,001,938 set the previous year. Charles Town had actually been seeking a record for annual handle for the third consecutive year, but fell short by less than one percentage point.

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