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Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred took a look at the industry and commented on developments in the area.  The article asks "Can West Virginia find its place? It was inevitable that the state would lose some business (handle and horses) to Maryland, but work the niche and keep selling the business model to the politicians. You’re ensuring farms and jobs and open space, not just action on the racetrack. The study ordered by the racing commission can be the blueprint. Follow it."

 You can find the full article, which explores the state of racing across the mid-Atlantic here.
 Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has a new voice  as Paul Espinosa takes the reins in the announcer’s booth on a full time basis. Espinosa, a Charles Town native, has been an occasional fill-in behind the microphone at Charles Town over the last two months as the track conducted its search for a new full time announcer.
“I’m not only passionate about horse racing, but I’m passionate about horse racing at Charles Town”, Espinosa says. “Coming back to a track that I’ve called home virtually my entire life and become its announcer is a dream come true and I look forward to embracing both the opportunity and challenge.”

You can find out more about Paul in this article in The Racing Biz
Charles Town Per-Race Handle Grows But Gross Drops

Per-race handle rose stoutly at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in 2015 over the prior year, but it was not enough to offset a 14 percent decline in the number of races run, according to a track release today.The track claimed a new all-time high for all-sources wagering per race of $111,664 — the most in its 83-year history.

The $111,664 figure represented a 6.82 percent increase over 2014 and topped the prior record for handle per race of $110,247 set back in 2012. Live and export handle per race both rose in excess of 6.5 percent over 2014. On the flip side, gross handle declined, as the number of races carded fell more than 14 percent, from 1689 to just 1447.  The decline in gross handle, of course, has implications not only for the track but also for the purse account, which horsemen say is stretched thin.

Read the full article in The Racing Biz .

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