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Charles Town Races & Slots
U.S. Route 340
Charles Town, West Virginia, 25414
USA

(800)-795-7001
(304)-725-7001


Racing Dates: 2011-01-04 until 2011-12-31
Number of Racing Days: 235




Current Conditions:
Fair, 68 F

Forecast:
Sat - Partly Cloudy. High: 65 Low: 38
Sun - Partly Cloudy. High: 65 Low: 37
Mon - Mostly Sunny. High: 70 Low: 47
Tue - Thundershowers. High: 72 Low: 45
Wed - Partly Cloudy. High: 58 Low: 39

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Charles Town Races & Slots History

When Charles Town commenced operations on December 2, 1933, it was the only winter-operating-track in America. The Charles Town grandstand and clubhouse were completely enclosed and heated in 1960. The track was sold to Shenandoah Corporation in 1972, while \'Sunday Racing\' was introduced in 1979.

In 1981, there was a record turnout of 21,480 spectators in Charles Town, who came to watch the Sugar Ray Leonard - Thomas Hearns\' boxing match on closed circuit television. The West Virginia Breeders\' Classics was started in 1987. The racetrack was put up for sale in 1995. Penn National Gaming Incorporation agreed to purchase the racetrack if Jefferson County approved the installation of video lottery terminals. Two months after the vote passed on November 5, 1996, Penn National Gaming Incorporation bought the racetrack.

The Silver Screen Gaming® Center was inaugurated on September 10, 1997 with 220 operating video lottery terminals. Also, new barns were constructed and old barns were repaired. In January 1998, Longshots, the multi-million dollar simulcast center, was opened and live racing was back. New gaming areas, an indoor parking garage, food court, and more have now been introduced at Charles Town.



More About Charles Town Races & Slots

Smart Play/ Smart Pay coinless machines, over 4,500 slots machines, Silver Screen Gaming, SunDance Grill, The Skyline Terrace, EPIC Buffet, Food Court, Long Shots Deli; The Carriage Inn, The Cottonwood Inn; Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association, Antietam National Battlefield, Butts Tubes/ Appalachian Whitewater Express, Jefferson County CVB, Atlantic Coast Charters, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, The Old Opera House, Summit Point Raceway, River & Trail Outfitters, Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival, River Riders, Locust Hill Golf, Mountain Thunder, Charles Town, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Appalachian Trail, Shepherd College

Stakes GradePurse Date
Charles Town Classic$500,000April 18
Sugar Maple Stakes$250,000April 18
Blue and Gold Stakes$100,000April 18
Webb Snyder Stakes$100,000April 18


How to get there:

The racetrack is approximately 60 minutes from the Baltimore, MD area. Take Route 70 West to Frederick. Take 340 West and follow approximately twenty miles to Charles Town. Charles Town Races is on the right. Approximately 70 minutes from the Washington D.C. & Northern Virginia area. Route 7 to Leesburg. Follow Route 7 bypass to Route 9 (approximately 7 miles). In Charles Town, take right on Washington Street; follow one mile to Charles Town Races. Approximately 45 minutes from the Chambersburg, PA area. Take Interstate 81 South to West Virginia. Get off Exit 12 and make left onto Route 9. Follow Route 9 approximately fourteen miles to Charles Town. Take race track exit. Approximately 25 minutes from the Frederick, MD area. Take Route 340 West to Charles Town. Follow signs for the track. Approximately 30 minutes from the Hagerstown, MD area. Take Interstate 81 South to West Virginia. Get off Exit 12 and make left onto Route 9. Follow Route 9 approximately fourteen miles to Charles Town. Take race track exit. Approximately 90 minutes from the Harrisonburg VA area. Take Interstate 81 North to Exit 5 Follow Route 51 East twelve miles to Charles Town Races. Approximately 30 from the Winchester, VA Area. Take Interstate 81 North to Exit 5.