Charles Town cancels 10-race card

THE BALTIMORE SUN

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The Charles Town Races canceled yesterday's scheduled 10-race card after jockeys expressed concern about the safety of the three-quarter-mile racing strip.

The track was extremely sloppy yesterday morning as a result of melting snow and overnight rains.

"I was a little surprised the jockeys decided not to ride," said track superintendent Charlie O'Bannon. "We opened the track for training this morning, and while the track was really sloppy, I didn't hear a single complaint from anyone galloping horses. I asked several people how the footing was as they came off the track and they said their horses were handling the track without any problem."

Charles Town's Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park simulcasts were not affected by the cancellation.

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