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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a Racino (horse-racing track and Casino) in Charles Town, West Virginia, United States. It opened in 1933, at Hollywood Drive.

History of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

1933 – Before Charles Town, it was Jefferson County Races, opened on December 3, 1933, originally owned by Albert and Joseph Boyle, located in West Virginia, USA. It was the first track in West Virginia to operate when the state legalized racing and parimutuel betting.

1964 – Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course owners purchased the track. Under their management, they first installed lights for night racing.

1972 – It was again sold to Shenandoah Corporation, who also managed the Shenandoah Downs, the only competitor of Charles Town.

1975 – The year-round racing in Shenandoah Downs was moved to Charles Town when it was closed. However, Shenandoah Downs is still utilized as a training track. 

1979 – Sunday racing was introduced. 

1996 – West Virginia voters agreed to place video lottery machines at the state’s tracks.

1997 – Penn National Gaming Inc. purchased the racetrack and enhanced the racetrack by adding simulcast racing, several dining options, and 3,500 slot machines.

2010 – They added table games and an event center for live concerts and shows. On July 2, 2010, the facility was renamed from “Charles Town Races & Slots” to “Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races”. The owner of this track is the Gaming and Leisure Properties, and the Operating license holder is Penn National Gaming.

2018 – Sports betting was introduced at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on August 30, 2018, which became the first casino in West Virginia to feature sports betting. 

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • It measures six furlongs. 
    • 600 ft distance from the last turn to the finish line.
    • The chute measures four and one-half furlongs.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Grandstand
    • Accommodates 3,500 seated patrons.
  • 🐎Clubhouse
    • Accommodates 2,500 seated patrons.


  • 🐎Slots
    • It has 3,500 slot machines.
    • It offers three High Limit Rooms located in different areas of the casino.
    • One of our High Limit Rooms is next to Slot Streets Bar and another is next to the Host Station.
  • 🐎Table Games
    • It has over 100 table games.
    • Card Games
      • Blackjack, Four Card Poker, Mini-Baccarat, Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud, Three Card Poker, High Card Flush, Heads Up Hold’em Poker, Pai-Gow Poker, Let It Ride
    • Dice & Wheel Games
      • Craps and Roulette
    • Electronic Table Games
      • Shoot To Win Craps and Rapid Fusion Roulette
  • 🐎Poker Room
    • It has 24 poker tables.
    • Open Hours
      • Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday – 9:00 am to 3:00 am
      • Friday and Saturday – 9:00 am to 6:00 am
  • 🐎Barstool Sportsbook At Hollywood Casino
    • It has 30 TVs, a 3-sided jumbotron with a 250″ LED screen on each side, and a Watch Zone spanning 48 feet.
    • Sportsbook Teller Hours
      • Sunday – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
      • Monday to Thursday – 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
      • Friday and Saturday – 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
  • 🐎Sales Pavilion
    • Capacity
      • Sales Arena – 700 seats
      • Holding Ring – 120 seats, 200 cocktail
      • Limestone Café – 100 seats, 150 cocktail
      • Pavilion Bar – 100 seats, 100 cocktail
    • Conducts Three sales Annually
      • The September Yearling Sale
      • November Breeding Stock Sale
      • January Horses of All Ages Sale
    • Horses sold at Keeneland sales
      • 82 horses that won 88 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races:
        • 19 Kentucky Derby winners
        • 21 Preakness winners
        • 18 Belmont winners
        • 11 recipients of the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year
        • Five Epsom Derby winners
    • Nine out of the fourteen highest-ranked horses in the Kentucky Oaks were sold in Keeneland sales.

Venues and Hotel

  • 🐎Event Center for Live entertainment
    • It has a capacity of up to 1,500 people.
  • 🐎Banquet Venues
    • It can accommodate 25 to 300 guests.
    • Guest can host a cocktail reception, an awards banquet, a wedding, a large business meeting, or a conference.
    • The Hollywood Ballroom and Shenandoah Room can be customized.
    • It offers catering and audiovisual rentals, including TVs, projectors, laptops, screens, temporary stages, or a dance floor.
  • 🐎The Inn at Charles Town
    • It is a 153-room hotel.
    • It features 18 spacious suites with premier views of the thoroughbred race track.
    • It offers a free shuttle service.


  • 🐎9 Dragons
    • It features a classic Chinese restaurant.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday and Monday – 5 pm to 11 pm
      • Friday and Saturday – 5 pm to 1 am
    • Sushi Hours
      • Sunday and Monday – 5 pm to 10 pm
      • Friday and Saturday – 5 pm to 12 am
  • 🐎Final Cut Steakhouse – American Steakhouse
    • It is a contemporary American steakhouse featuring a combination of hand-selected USDA Mid-western Prime Beef and American Wagyu.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday – 4 pm to 8 pm
      • Thursday – 5 pm to 9 pm
      • Friday and Saturday – 5 pm to 10 pm
      • Reservations are recommended
  • 🐎Barstool Sportsbook Restaurant
    • It is located within the Sportsbook.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday – 12 pm to 9 pm
      • Wednesday and Thursday – 4 pm to 9 pm
      • Friday – 4 pm to 11 pm
      • Saturday – 12 pm to 10 pm
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  • 🐎Charles Town Drafthouse
    • It offers Cold beer and cocktails.
    • Open Daily from 11 am to 2 am
  • 🐎Zen Noodle
    • It features Hong Kong cuisine on the go.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday and Thursday – 5 pm to 10 pm
      • Friday and Saturday – 5 pm to 2 am
  • 🐎The Classic
    • It offers sandwiches and burgers.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday to Thursday – 11 am to 11 pm
      • Friday to Saturday – 11 am to 1 am
  • 🐎Joe and Dough
    • It offers fresh-baked pastries, desserts, and gourmet sandwiches.
    • Open Hours
    • Sunday to Thursday – 8 am to 3:30 am
    • Friday and Saturday – Open 24 hours
  • 🐎Mercato
    • It offers pizza, kinds of pasta, sandwiches, and other Italian food.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday – 11 am to 10 pm
      • Monday and Thursday – 12 pm to 7 pm
      • Friday and Saturday – 12 pm to 1 am

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Charles Town Races Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • Live Racing is all year round and held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings with a post time of 7 pm and 5 pm.

Major Events

  • 🐎The Sprint Festival
    • Inaugurated on 2008 
    • Four open Stakes
      1. Charles Town Invitational Dash (for colts and geldings three years old and up in 4½ furlongs)
      2. Lady Charles Town (for 3-year-old fillies at 4½ furlongs
      3. West Virginia Sprint Derby (for 3-year-olds at 4½ furlongs)
      4. Red Legend Stakes (for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs)
  • 🐎West Virginia Breeders’ Classic
    • Inaugurated in 1987 by NFL Hall of Fame Sam Huff 
  • 🐎Charles Town Classic
    • Inaugurated on 2009
    • It is for older horses running a distance of one and 1/8 miles. 
    • One of the wealthiest Thoroughbred races in the U.S. Below only by the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
    • Purse 
      • “Tiered”
      • Ranging from $500,000 to $1,500,000

Graded Events

  • Grade III
        • 🐴Charles Town Classic
        • 🐴Charles Town Oaks

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a casino, hotel, and thoroughbred horse racing complex in Charles Town, West Virginia.
  • It is 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Washington, D.C., and a one-hour drive from the Baltimore and D.C. beltways. 
  • Patrons with children must enter from the outside entrance to the track.


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