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Charles Town horse track sets gambling record in April

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An 80-year-old West Virginia horseracing track has had its biggest gambling month ever.

Officials with the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races say the total handle -- or amount wagered from all sources -- was nearly $1.37 million per live racing day in April.

That beats last year's record by about 1 percent.

Combined, the handle for 18 live race days so far this year is more than $24.6 million.

Racing operations vice president Erich Zimny says the Charles Town Classic is the single largest contributor to the success.

That April 20 event set a record for the largest handle on a single card with nearly $4.4 million.

It also set a record when nearly $1.3 million was wagered on a single race, won by Game on Dude.



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