Charles Town Races forced to cancel Thursday racing

February 06, 1993|By Special to The Sun

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The Charles Town Races has canceled Thursday racing for the rest of the winter meet because of a shortage of horses, track general manager Donald E. Hudson announced yesterday.

"A severe horse shortage throughout the industry has made it difficult for the Charles Town Races to fill its races and present attractive programs for our fans," said Hudson. "We are hopeful that canceling our live racing on Thursdays will enable us to offer fuller cards on our four remaining days."

Charles Town's horse population stands at about 800, down from a full capacity of 1,500 in 1988.

Charles Town will continue its full-card simulcasts from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park on Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

Charles Town's revised live racing schedule through March 31 will consist of racing on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, post time 1 p.m.; Friday nights, post time 7:15 p.m.; and Saturday nights, post time 7 p.m. Simulcasts from Gulfstream are presented Tuesday through Sunday. Santa Anita cards are simulcast Wednesday through Sunday.

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