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

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

Mountaineer Park Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association John Baird said the proposal would eliminate 14 live racing days and also reduce the schedule from 10 nightly races to nine in October and November.

Baird said the proposed cuts are connected to state lawmakers taking money from the purse money horsemen rely on for winnings.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the Millsop Community center in Weirton.

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  • WV Worker

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  • Roger

    Poor souls, I really feel sorry for them. The taxpayer subsidy was cut from $89 million dollars down to $84 million! However, the Governor chopped 1.2 million off of senior programs, or it would have been worse....It seems that horses and dogs are more important than seniors.....

  • jay zoom

    why would they need state approval to begin with. a smart way would be to limit the number of horses in a race and then the horse that misses a race can fill in for the tenth race you want to eliminate. maybe you cam ask Oliver Luck for some of his parking lot money he rips off the Mountaineer faithful during home basketball games and such.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    Horse hockey. If the state's taxpayer-subsidized horse racing "industry" can't stand on its own four feet, then eliminate the funding and spend the money elsewhere.

    I guess things aren't as bad as our eyes seem to indicate.

  • Ordinary_WV_Joe

    Cry me a river! I'm guessing that this is the latest ploy from the gambling interests to blackmail the poor WV Taxpayers, via our illustrious legislature, into increased direct and indirect funding. Next will come impassioned pleas for more money made necessary by the negative economic impact that reduced operations and tourism has on the local economy and the state's total tax revenue. Isn't there a hold over issue left danging from a couple of years ago when gambling wanted major concessions and increased funding? This appears to be part of an comprehensive strategy the legislators' feet to the fire to assure that the skids are greased for the next legislative session. Watch Earl Ray's eyes and taxpayers' wallets!