DateWed, May 2, 2018
The artist formerly known as Prince might now be jamming with Jimi Hendrix, but with the presumed support of a cultish fan-base long the envy of other tracks, the racino once known as Waterford Park has signed on for 124 live shows in 2018, throughout a 68th season of operations that kicked off Tues, May 1. Mountaineer's final program of the year will be offered on Wed, Nov 28th.
The track that in large part pioneered under-the-lights action retains its traditional 7:00 pm post, but with the special exceptions of a 2:00 pm post on Ky Derby day, Sat, May 5th, and on Sat , August 4th. August 4th marks the 49th running of Mountaineer's signature event, the West Virginia Derby. This year anointed grade-3 status, the 200k Governor's purse much distinguishes an always diverse and appealing undercard.
Mountaineer will conduct live racing Sundays through Wednesdays in addition to the aforementioned Saturday programs. Turf racing, Mountaineer's indisputable advantage in an otherwise all dirt region, begins from the outset and continues through October 17th. Still eschewing the self-defensive 8-race policy designed to stretch stock at neighboring racinos, Mountaineer will put out its norm of 9 races per card.
By virtue of a core following that is legendary for its loyalty and bets with both fists, Mountaineer handled more than $1 million per program last season.
No racing Wednesday, July 4th.