Charles Town Racecourse


750 Hollywood Dr
Charles Town, WV 25414
Phone: (800) 795-7001

Racing Season: Year Round

Notable Charles Town Racing Events

  • G2 Charles Town Classic - 4-year-olds & up going 1-1/8 mi.
  • G3 Charles Town Oaks - 3-year-old fillies going 7f
  • Sugar Maple - 4-year-olds & up fillies & mares going 7f
  • Pink Ribbon - 3-year-olds & up fillies & mares going 7f

History of the Horse Races at Charles Town

Opened in 1933, the races at Charles Town have seen and made history over and over. Originally built by Albert and Joseph Boyle on a hunch that crowds would flock to a winter race meet even in frigid temperatures: they were right. In 1969, Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a pari-mutuel race in the United States when she won at Charles Tow. Though attendance and handle dwindled to near disastrous levels in the mid-1990s, the facility was renovated and a world class entertainment facility was added including over 3,500 slot machines and more than 100 table tables.

About the Charles Town Horse Racing Track Surface

The stable area is home to approximately 1,350 stalls in 20 barns, including a 44 stall receiving barn. The track itself is a ¾ mile dirt oval with 4½ and 7 furlong chutes.

What to Do at Charles Town Races and Slots

Aside from great horse racing, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races today is regarded as a truly world-class resort, boasting a Las Vegas-style gaming experience complete with a 26-table poker room, 98 table games, 3,200 slot machines, and of course live and simulcast horse racing year round. The facility also is home to a broad range of terrific restaurants and bars such as the classic fare with stunning views looking out over the race course at the Skyline Terrace, the authentic Hong Kong cuisine and sushi at 9 Dragons, and the Final Cut Steakhouse, a recent winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Additionally, the facility is known for its exciting nightlife complete with free concerts and more at the H Lounge.