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While West Virginia had enjoyed legal pari-mutuel racing at horse tracks since the 1930s all out of proportion to the state’s actual population, legislation in 1992 allowed the WV horse racing (and greyhound racing, for now) to flourish as never before.
After this legalization, the four racetracks in West Virginia immediately added slot machines, video poker and other such gambling machines. At about this time, simulcast racing was introduced throughout the state’s tracks – and suddenly these venues were full-on profitable gambling plazas.
Grade 1 winner Halladay and multiple stakes-winning stablemate Largent will test their affinity for the racetrack with designs on the richest prize of the winter turf season next monthSource: paulickreport.com
Wynn Resorts Ltd. is investing $80m as part of a reorganized joint venture in the United States online gambling space called Wynn InteractiveSource: vegasslotsonline.com
Normally I would be there already, on the grounds watching a few horses work this morningSource: attheraces.com
Just days before the Breeders' Cup, one of the biggest racing events of the year, PETA has purchased stock in four racetrack-owning companies—VICI Properties, Boyd Gaming, Penn NationalSource: bloodhorse.com
It takes a huge team to feed, care for and train steeplechase horsesSource: paulickreport.com
On the heels of an historic Preakness meet at Pimlico Race Course that saw Swiss Skydiver become only the sixth filly in 145 runnings to capture the Preakness Stakes (G1),Source: paulickreport.com
Allied Racing Stable and Spendthrift Farm's 4-year-old Goldencents colt, MrSource: paulickreport.com
BetMGM has added further strength to its US sporting links after the igaming and sports betting platform became an authorised gaming operator of NASCARSource: casinobeats.com
The $1 billion investment InterActiveCorp (IAC) made in BetMGM seems to have been a smart and timely moveSource: calvinayre.com
Most areas in the U.S. don’t have greyhound racing anymore, and those that do know it’s days are numberedSource: calvinayre.com
In what appears to be a wide-open edition of the Grade II, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar, seven fillies will face starter Jay Slender Friday for aSource: paulickreport.com
As part of the deal, the IGT’s PlaySports platform will power all of FanDuel’s new and existing retail sportsbooks across the US until September 2024Source: casinobeats.com
Jockey Trevor McCarthy reached the winner's circle five times Sunday evening at Colonial Downs and in doing so powered past Forest Boyce to take over the top spot inSource: paulickreport.com
On Wednesday at Colonial Downs, What the Beep pulled off an upset with a one-length victory over heavy favorite Tan and Tight in the $60,000 Camptown Stakes forSource: paulickreport.com
Guillaume rallied on the outside and overtook Merchant of Hope in the final strides of the $40,000 Hansel Stakes for Virginia Certified 2-year-olds on the Tuesday nightSource: paulickreport.com
River Deep, winner of the 2019 Edward PSource: paulickreport.com
Colonial Downs will usher in its second season of Thoroughbred racing under the ownership of the Colonial Downs Group on Monday July 27 with nine pari-mutuel races getting underwaySource: paulickreport.com
Last Sunday, during a lull in an otherwise raucous Father’s Day celebration with family at his Danville, Virginia, home, Warrick Scott couldn’t help but think of the manSource: theguardian.com
This year, for the first time in its 95-year history and due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Virginia Gold is being held as a livestream event only—no spectatorsSource: paulickreport.com
This Saturday in Virginia, the Middleburg Spring Races will be celebrating 100 years of racingSource: americasbestracing.net
Every May, on the same date as the Kentucky Derby, one of the nation's largest steeplechase events takes place in Northern VirginiaSource: paulickreport.com
After racing last Sunday and Thursday at the mammoth 1Source: calvinayre.com
When the horses leave the gate at Charles Town for the first race on May 14, they’ll become one of the first American tracks to resume operations after closingSource: americasbestracing.net
As countries around the world look at easing lockdown restrictions implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have started to find ways of introducing new measures to guarantee theSource: casinobeats.com
Glorious Empire (IRE) (Holy Roman Emperor) and jockey Julien Leparoux win the Sword Dancer (Gr I) at Saratoga Racecourse 8/25/18. Trainer: James L. Lawrence, IISource: paulickreport.com
Yet another boon came in 2007, when table gaming and poker rooms at approved sites was enacted into law –and predictably did extant racinos hurry to install table gaming. Eleven years later, these same venues would go on to add sports gambling when the US Supreme Court made it so.
Kentucky’s horse racing tracks include:
• Charles Town Races (Ranson, WV) is open real round with all the goodies mentioned above. Live racing is held throughout the year as well three to four times a week. Peak events include the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic and the West Virginia Breeders Classic.
• The Mountaineer Racetrack (Chester, WV). In a location mostly devoted to the casino resort aspect of the place, the Mountaineer’s offerings vis-à-vis racing are limited. In January and February, no live racing is held at all. In the other 10 months of the year, no live racing is held on Wednesdays.
• The Mardi Gras Casino & Resort (Cross Lanes, WV) is host to West Virginia’s bigger, newer and spiffier greyhound racetracks. Five days a week, racing goes off starting at 4:30 pm, but on Saturdays, enthusiasts may enjoy 10 hours’ worth of action.
• Finally, the Wheeling Island Casino Resort was more or less built on the back of the Wheeling greyhound track, one of the oldest continuously running such tracks in the US. The Wheeling is open only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but simulcast racing is available on other days.