Charles Town track sets record for wagering volume per race
4 January 2016 News
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has set an annual record for wagering volume per race.
Penn National Gaming, Inc. vice president Erich Zimny told The Journal that $111,664 was bet per race at the track in 2015. The previous annual record was $110,247 per race in 2012.
The track held 1,447 races during the 2015 live racing season, which ended Dec. 23.
While wagers have increased, horsemen say purses have declined. Charles Town Horsemen Benevolent Protection Agency president Randy Funkhouser says purses dropped from $35 million to $40 million in the early and mid-2000s to around $21 million in 2014.