July 25, 2010
If you wanted to play blackjack, poker and roulette on the East Coast, you used to have to drive to Atlantic City. Now you just have to drive to Maryland's borders. That short trip is what Baltimore charter company Superior Tours is betting on. It has begun weekly trips to the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, about a 90-minute drive west of Baltimore. Superior Tours packed two buses for its inaugural trip to Charles Town this month. "We've been taking people to Atlantic City for 16 years," said Marc Komins, an executive vice president at Superior Tours.
May 3, 2010
Red roses, mint juleps, celebrities and the wealthy stylishly attired: The Kentucky Derby will once again prove itself the highlight of the horse racing season. But the glamour to be seen Saturday in Louisville masked the more telling "Hollywood" allure that's increasingly making horses and races the most irrelevant feature of tracks. Penn National Gaming announced recently that Charles Town Races and Slots in Charles Town, W.Va., will henceforth be known as the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
October 3, 2004
It's not often a horse who has run in four straight Grade I races competes in a stakes in Maryland. But yesterday, Bending Strings, fresh from major races in New York, snatched the $150,000 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup at Pimlico Race Course with a dominating drive from last place. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin at Belmont Park, Bending Strings fell far back early before bulling her way through horses in the stretch under Horacio Karamanos, her local jockey, for a 2 1/4 -length victory. The Safely Kept, at six furlongs, was for 3-year-old fillies.
October 13, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - They still race thoroughbreds at the historic Charles Town horse track. But that isn't what draws thousands of visitors every day to this rural town in the West Virginia panhandle. They come to bet on slots in a facility that has been transformed into a glitzy, Las Vegas-style casino. People arrive by car and bus from Baltimore, the Washington suburbs and elsewhere in the region to try their luck. Last year, they lost $190 million playing slots here. That sum, called the "take," is the money left after players are paid any winnings.
March 3, 2002
There is great hiking in the hilly terrain around Charles Town, W.Va. Tourists can go tubing on the Shenandoah River, play golf at several public courses or take in auto racing at Summit Point Raceway. History buffs can see the wagon that bore the abolitionist John Brown to his hanging in 1859. Gourmands can feast at the Hillbrook Inn, a charming Tudor-style estate tucked away in the woods. In summer, theatergoers troop to nearby Shepherdstown, where the Contemporary American Theater Festival showcases up-and-coming playwrights.
October 12, 2001
They compete against each other daily, yet they dress in the same corner of the locker room. Either could finish the year with the most wins in the country, yet if one couldn't finish first, he would root for the other. Ramon Dominguez and Travis Dunkelberger, 24-year-old jockeys, occupy a rare place among riders in America. They compete side by side in Maryland as they battle nationally in the race for wins by jockeys. Dominguez, a smooth-riding native of Venezuela, ranks No. 2 in wins behind the veteran Russell Baze, who rides in Northern California.