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Mountaineer Begins Season on April 15th, 2017


Fri, Apr 14, 2017

For immediate release-Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort commences its 67th season of live Thoroughbred racing this Saturday, April 15th. The nine-race card has a scheduled first post of 7 p.m. EST. Saturday’s feature, “The Welcome Back Dash” a $22,600 five-furlong open allowance, has lured a field of eight contenders. It could be a happy homecoming, of sorts, for Judge Carr, installed as morning line favorite for Mountaineer’s opening night feature, the welcome back dash. A four time local winner, Judge Carr totals 13 career scores while amassing some $280,000 in earnings.


Rosemary Williams, Director of Racing states “We’ve got a well-established niche – one that spans many years – with our 7pm post time. Our history of quality events has contributed to our 67 years of excellence.”


The anchoring event on the 160-day Mountaineer schedule, the 47th edition of the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby, will highlight a special 2 p.m. program on Saturday, August 5th. The West Virginia Derby card will be comprised of open stakes, seven in all for guaranteed purses totaling over $1.3 million plus two additional races. Initially run during the 1920’s at Tri-State Fairgrounds on the outskirts of Barboursville (near Huntington), the West Virginia Derby also had a short tenure at Wheeling Downs, and moved to what was then Waterford in 1963.


There have been some hiatuses in the ‘Derby’s history, but it is the oldest and most prominent stakes event in West Virginia, a state with a Thoroughbred racing heritage that dates back more than two and a quarter centuries. Mountaineer’s live racing season will extend through Sunday November 26th. As in years prior, race cards will be offered Saturday through Wednesday, with Thursdays and Fridays being dark. Nine races will be offered every live racing day. Admission and general parking are free at Mountaineer throughout the year. Clubhouse dining will be available on Saturdays starting on May 6th.



About Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is located in Chester, WV. Mountaineer features slot machines, table games, live poker tables, a thoroughbred racetrack, an upscale hotel with amenities, spa, golf course, fine dining and entertainment, a theater and events center, and a convention center. Visit Mountaineer online at, follow on social media at,, or call 800-804-0468.


 About Eldorado Resorts, Inc.

Eldorado Resorts is a casino entertainment company that owns and operates seven properties in five states, including the Eldorado Resort Casino, the Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Resort Casino in Reno, NV; the Eldorado Resort Casino in Shreveport, LA; Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH; Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Chester, WV; and Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA. For more information, please visit




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