$1.2 Million Charles Town Classic Back On 2018 Stakes Schedule

The 2018 stakes schedule for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has been set following West Virginia Racing Commission approval at its Monday morning meeting and will again be highlighted by the $1,200,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) on April 21 and accompanied by the Race for the Ribbon card in September and West Virginia Breeders’ Classics the following month.

“We want to thank an incredibly supportive local delegation, the office of Governor Jim Justice and Commission Chairman Jack Rossi who is as fair as a regulator as you’ll find and one who puts the state of West Virginia first and foremost as well as the support from the racing industry as a whole for being instrumental in our ability to conduct all of our marquee racing events in 2018,” said Charles Town’s Vice President of Racing Operations Erich Zimny. “With this approval behind us, we can’t wait to get started on putting on the best show possible for our fans.”

Charles Town Classic day will take place on April 21 and anchors a program with six stakes races, headlined by the Classic, which will be contested for the tenth time in 2018. The most lucrative race on the Charles Town Classic undercard will be the $100,000 Dance to Bristol for fillies and mares at the track’s two-turn seven furlong distance. Formerly known as the Sugar Maple, the Dance to Bristol is named for the Grade 1 winning filly campaigned by Charles Town based conditioner Ollie Figgins III who won the race in 2013. The two other unrestricted stakes on the day will be another pair of seven furlong tests in the $85,000 Robert Hilton Memorial for three-year-olds and $50,000 Russell Road. The Coin Collector and Its Binn Too Long – both for West Virginia accredited horses – will complete the stakes laden lineup.

For the fourth consecutive year, the 13 race Charles Town Classic day card will take place in the daytime hours with a first post of 12:30 P.M. EST.

Charles Town’s second graded race, the $300,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3) leads the tenth Race for the Ribbon program on September 22 that packages a quality card with a series of events designed to raise money for the West Virginia Breast Health Initiative that will go towards breast cancer care and awareness within the Mountain State. To date, the Race for the Ribbon is responsible for raising well over $100,000 for breast cancer care and awareness in West Virginia. Racing wise, the $50,000 Pink Ribbon and five West Virginia accredited stakes that serve as preps for the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics round out the stakes portion of the Race for the Ribbon program.

Post time for the first race on September 22 is scheduled for 5:00 P.M. EST.

Three weeks following the Race for the Ribbon, the finest state-breds will have centerstage all to themselves as West Virginia Breeders’ Classics XXXII will be held on October 13. The races run on Breeders’ Classics night will be tied to seven West Virginia accredited stakes held over the course of the year that serve as “Win & You’re In” races for a corresponding Breeders’ Classics event. Winners in five of the seven accredited stakes that are part of the Win & You’re In program will have a guaranteed spot in the gate and their entry fee waived upon starting for the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics race they’ve won their way into, while winners of the Frank Gall Memorial and Sadie Hawkins will have their choice of two races. The full race and purse lineup for the Breeders’ Classics will be announced at a later date.

Including the restricted stakes conducted on the Charles Town Classic and Race for the Ribbon days, but excluding the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics, 14 stakes for West Virginia breds, are also currently scheduled in calendar year 2018.


April 21 $1,200,000 Charles Town Classic (G2), 4&up, 1 1/8 miles

April 21 $100,000 Dance to Bristol S., F&M 4&up, 7 furlongs

April 21 $85,000 Robert Hilton Memorial, 3YO, 7 furlongs

April 21 $50,000 Russel Road S., 3&up, 7 furlongs

April 21 $50,000 Coin Collector S. (WV), 3YO, 4 1/2 furlongs

April 21 $50,000 It’s Binn Too Long S. (WV), F 3YO, 4 1/2 furlongs

May 12 $50,000 It’s Only Money S. (WV), 3&up, 4 1/2 furlongs

May 19 $50,000 Fancy Buckles S. (WV), F&M 3&up, 4 1/2 furlongs

August 18 $50,000 Robert G. Leavitt S. (WV), 3YO, 7 furlongs

August 25 $50,000 Sylvia Bishop Memorial (WV), F 3YO, 7 furlongs

September 22 $300,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3), F 3YO, 7 furlongs

September 22 $50,000 Pink Ribbon S., F&M 3&up, 7 furlongs

September 22 $50,000 Henry Mercer Memorial (WV), 2YO, 4 1/2 furlongs

September 22 $50,000 Rachel’s Turn (WV), F 2YO, 4 1/2 furlongs

September 22 $50,000 Sadie Hawkins S. (WV), F&M 3&up, 7 furlongs

September 22 $50,000 Frank Gall Memorial (WV), 3&up, 7 furlongs

October 13 TBA West Virginia Breeders’ Classics XXXII

November 3 $50,000 West Virginia Futurity (WV), 2YO, 7 furlongs

November 10 $50,000 A Huevo S. (WV), 3&up, 1 1/8 miles

November 17 $50,000 My Sister Pearl S. (WV), F&M 3&up, 1 1/8 miles

December 1 $50,000 Eleanor Casey Memorial (WV), F 2YO, 7 furlongs

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