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(Tuesday, December 20, 2011) Charles Town to Hold Starter Allowance Tournament   



Charles Town to Hold Starter Allowance Tournament in 2012
December 20, 2011

(Charles Town, WV) – Beginning in March 2012, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will inaugurate the Charles Town Starter Tournament, open to horses having started for a claiming tag of $5,000 since January 1, 2011.  The tournament consists of three rounds and culminates in the championship race on Charles Town Classic night, April 14. 


Horses nominated will be weighted and seeded and, using an S-curve, placed into one of four quarterfinal races to be held on March 3, 2012.  The quarterfinal races will carry a purse of $25,000 and be contested at 6 ½ furlongs.   Those finishing in the top 5 of the four quarterfinal races will advance to the two semifinals on March 24.  Both the purse and distance of the semifinals will increase as those advancing will compete for a $30,000 and stretch out to 7 furlongs. 


The top 5 finishers in each of the semifinals will then advance to the $55,000 Charles Town Starter Tournament Final, which will be run around 3 turns at 1 1/16 miles on April 14.


“We’d discussed it for a while, received some positive feedback on the idea and thought it would be good to try,” said Director of Racing Operations Erich Zimny. “We hope that the tournament style format most casual sports fans recognize will help generate some interest in following horses over a period of weeks.”


Nominations for the series will close on February 18, with weights and quarterfinal races posted on February 25.


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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, a Penn National Gaming property, is a world-class entertainment venue offering visitors over 4,000 slot machines, more than 100 table games, a 30 table poker room, live and simulcast horse racing and a wide range of food and beverage choices, including Zen Noodle, the 350-seat Epic Buffet, the Final Cut Steakhouse— proud recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and all new Skybox Sports Bar and H Lounge. The historic Charles Town Races has hosted live thoroughbred racing since 1933 and began offering gaming to visitors in 1997. Conveniently located about an hour from the Baltimore and Washington DC beltways, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is one of the region’s fastest growing gaming and entertainment destinations with more than four million visitors each year.



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