Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

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Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is a Racino (racing track and casino) in Wheeling, West Virginia, United States. It opened in 1866, at South Stone Street.

History of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

1866 – Originally, the track was opened in 1866 as a Thoroughbred and harness race track with its original name as Wheeling Downs.

1937 – The reconstruction of the track commenced.

1940’s – The wheeling downs received a facelift courtesy of new shrubbery and steeps, earning its nickname “miniature Churchill Downs”.

1962 – A fire broke out and ruined the property, resulting in the property closing for five years and necessary rebuilding.

1969 – Ogden Corporation purchased the track.

1970’s – The racetrack resumed featuring harness and flat racing. Unfortunately, several legislative decisions resulted in decreasing attendance and purse sizes. Hence, the track shifted from horse racing to greyhound racing in 1976. Although, they still have to simulcast for horse racing today.

1988 – Delaware North purchased the property and improved the facility for further expansion, opening a new clubhouse, an elegant dining room, and a lounge.

1994 to 2001 – Wheeling downs also introduced off-track betting and video slot games in 1994, which arrived in 1999. With this, the gaming center enlarged further to 34,000 square feet, in addition to the Islander Buffet. Delaware North co-owned Wheeling Downs with Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel from 1994 to 2001.

2002 – They officially changed the track’s name from Wheeling Downs to Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center, which occurred with another expansion of a deluxe hotel, a new gaming space, a showroom, and new restaurant offerings. 

2007 – Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack added poker on October 19, 2007, and the other games on December 20, 2007. As a result, Ohio County voters approved a special election referendum on June 9, 2007.

2008 – The management revised the track’s name again to Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, by which the facility added table games in the same year.

2012 – The casino became the home of the Wheeling Jamboree in the fall of 2012


Overall Facility

  • A 151-rooms hotel
  • A 1000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, casual and fine dining restaurants, a food court, gift shop 
  • 2,800 parking spaces
  • 220 covered spaces among its various amenities. 
  • A “tropical” theme, similar to the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
  • The casino floor is elevated around ten-and-one-half feet above ground level to avoid flood, as the place is flood-prone.
  • Some of the most prominent games featured on the facility include real money craps, blackjack, roulette, Texas Hold ’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Low Split, and Seven Card Stud.


  • The Pointe
  • The Buffet
  • Sportsbar
  • Foodcourt


  • It has 1,600 slot machines that features 47 High Limit slot machines.
  • It has table games and  Poker.
  • It has smoking and a non-smoking section for guests.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

Simulcasting Schedule

Trackside Simulcast Wagering During Live Racing
  • Wednesday to Sunday – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Casino Side Simulcast Wagering

  • Mondays and Tuesdays – 12 noon to 5:30 pm.
  • Friday and Saturday – 5:00 pm until the last simulcast race.

Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack Events

  • WVGOBA Sprint Championship Stakes
  • Middle Distance Championship Stakes
  • WVGOBA Juvenile Stakes
  • George Kellas Memorial Stakes
  • John Dallas Keystone Memorial Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is located on Wheeling Island in the middle of the Ohio River, part of the city of Wheeling, West Virginia.
  • The racetrack is different from most casino rooms as it is accessible under 18 but should be accompanied by an adult.


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Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

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