April 23, 2016

First Race 12:45pm EST

After just seven editions, the Charles Town Classic has become an annual stop for some of the top horses in the handicap division with its runners racking up a total of five Santa Anita Handicap wins between them as well as four Whitney Handicaps victories, four triumphs in the now Gold Cup at Santa Anita and three scores in the Pacific Classic as well as 12 wins in other Grade 1 events including the Stephen Foster, Metropolitan Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup.  The nine total victories in the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap and Whitney by starters in the first seven Charles Town Classics is just one fewer than the starters in the last seven Breeders’ Cup Classics have produced over that same time frame. 

With its purse of $1,250,000, the 2016 Charles Town Classic still figures to share the title of the country’s richest race outside of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup with a quartet of races in New York – the Metropolitan Handicap, Belmont Derby, Whitney Handicap and Travers – which were all run with a base purse of $1,250,000 in 2015. In 2015, the Travers purse was subsequently hiked to $1,600,000 based on a condition that increased the prize pool should American Pharoah participate.  Additionally, the 2015 William Hill Haskell at Monmouth was run for $1,750,000 rather than its standard $1,000,000 due to the Triple Crown champ’s presence.

With such accomplished runners such as Acclamation, Commentator, Game on Dude, Commentator, Shared Belief and Tizway having taken part, the Charles Town Classic has proven popular with fans as well and is responsible for the seven largest single card handles in track history, including the record setting 2015 program, which produced a record $4,847,106 in wagering. $2,423,332 was bet on the Classic itself which, despite being one race, is more than any other full, non-Charles Town Classic card in track history has produced in its entirety.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races once again looks forward to hosting some of the top horses in the world, as it hosts the eighth running of the $1,250,000, Grade 2 Charles Town Classic on April 23, 2016.  The card gets underway with a special first race post time of 12:45pm EST.


Charles Town Classic Participants

Graded Stakes Winners in the Charles Town Classic

Charles Town Classic Earnings Leaders