Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

June 12, 2014

Mountaineer seeks approval to reduce horse races

CHESTER — Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is seeking state approval to reduce its horse racing schedule.

The West Virginia Racing Commission will hold a public hearing on Mountaineer’s proposal on June 23 in Weirton.

John W. Baird is president of the Mountaineer Park Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. He tells The East Liverpool Review in Ohio that the proposal would eliminate 14 racing days.

Baird says Mountaineer also wants to reduce the schedule in October and November from 10 nightly races to nine.

He attributes the cuts to state lawmakers taking money from the purse fund that horsemen rely on for winnings.

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