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The West Virginia Racing Commission will soon consider a penalty system for drug violations that dovetails with uniform model rules making their way through the state legislature.

The medication model rules offered by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International were approved by the WVRC last year and are making their way through the state legislature in 2014. The penalty component was not part of the rules.

Deputy attorney general Kelli Talbott, who represents the WVRC, recommended Jan. 21 the penalty system–called MVP, or multiple violation penalties–be considered for the 2015 legislative session. In order for that to happen, the rules must be submitted by June 2014.


West Virginia has participated in medication meetings in the Mid-Atlantic region. Most states in the region have approved the medication rules and the penalty system.

WVRC executive director Jon Amores said the 2014 medication rules, which include threshold testing levels and withdrawal times for 24 therapeutic drugs, already have cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and have been sent to the Senate floor for a vote. Officials decided to wait on the penalty system rather than derail movement in the legislature by submitting amendments.

When asked by racing commissioners about the penalty system in other states, Talbott said: “I’m unaware of controversies in other (Mid-Atlantic) states. Some are in stages of adopting the system, and others have adopted it.”

WVRC chairman Jack Rossi, who was re-elected to that position for 2014, said it’s possible a meeting of industry stakeholders could be held soon to hammer out a plan. West Virginia has a policy of involving all stakeholders–racetracks and horsemen’s groups–in developing rules that are submitted to lawmakers.

“I think we should move forward in some manner,” WVRC member Bill Phillips said.

Rossi said he expects an update could be provided at the commission’s February meeting.

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(Tom LaMarra/Blood Horse) Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races plans to ask state regulators Jan. 21 for approval to spend almost $200,000 for surveillance equipment for its stable area.

The capital improvement requests include $101,000 for surveillance cameras in the barn area, $67,000 for an upgrade of surveillance recording equipment, and $24,000 for other surveillance equipment.

The funds would come from a special video lottery terminal capital improvement account for racing-related projects. The West Virginia Racing Commission regularly reviews such requests and decides whether to approve them or reject them based on their connection to horse racing.

Erich Zimny, vice president of racing operations at Charles Town, said track officials hope it’s the start of a long-term project.

“The plan doesn’t call for a camera in every stall, but we’re attempting to get surveillance coverage on at least the shedrows,” Zimny said Jan. 16. “Our hope is to have them in every barn.”

Charles Town has roughly 20 barns on its property.

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(Blood Horse) Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has altered first post time for most its racing programs in 2014.

The West Virginia track said Jan. 8 the first race each day will go off at 7 p.m. Eastern time rather than the previously announced 7:15 p.m. First post time for the track’s two major stakes programs April 19 and Sept. 20 will be 5 p.m., as previously announced.

With the slightly earlier first post, the final race on a standard nine-race card is scheduled to go off at 10:39 p.m.

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Due to the low temperatures expected to move through the region, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has cancelled its live racing program scheduled for Tuesday night, January 7.

The track will remain open for simulcasting with the next day of live racing scheduled for Wednesday, January 8.

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(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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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has announced its live racing schedule for 2014 following approval from the West Virginia Racing Commission at its meeting this morning.  The schedule includes 220 live racing dates beginning with Charles Town’s January 2 card, with four live days per week from May through October and five live days the remaining six months.

In building on their transition to Tuesday night racing over the past few years, Charles Town will run all of its cards during the evening in 2014, with racing being conducted Tuesday through Saturday when five days of live racing are held and between Wednesday and Saturday when there are four performances per week.  Post time for the first race on all of Charles Town’s 2014 live programs will be its standard evening start time of 7:15 pm EST, with the only exceptions being Charles Town Classic day on April 19 and Race for the Ribbon day on September 20, both of which get underway at 5:00 pm and feature 13 races.

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pennnational(BloodHorse.com) In anticipation of bad weather, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have canceled live racing for the evening of Nov. 26.

The forecast called for a 100% chance of a mix of rain and snow throughout the day and night in Central Pennsylvania and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Precipitation is expected to continue part of the day Nov. 27.

Live racing is scheduled to resume at Penn National Nov. 27 with the Thanksgiving Eve Racing Festival, which features the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap and a charity food drive. First post is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST.

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