Eclipse Award Winning HRRN to be On-Site Charles Town Classic Day

WVTBA to be Presenting Sponsor of Broadcast

Charles Town, WV (February 26, 2013) – Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races announced today that it has reached an agreement with Horse Racing Radio Network (“HRRN”), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, to provide the live, on-site radio broadcast for the $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) on April 20.  In addition to being on-site at Charles Town for the first time, HRRN will be welcoming a new sponsor into the fold as the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association will present coverage of the two-hour show.

HRRN’s Charles Town Classic broadcast, presented by the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association can be heard nationwide on SiriusXM, select HRRN affiliates and will be available worldwide via live streaming on the HRRN website,  Additional affiliate information along with specific broadcast times and channels will be announced prior to April 20. 

“After doing a great job in broadcasting the Charles Town Classic in 2012, we’re looking forward to the added dimension of the Horse Racing Radio Network being here at the track on race day in 2013,” said Erich Zimny, Charles Town’s Vice President of Racing Operations.  “And as the exclusive radio home of the Triple Crown, the peak of HRRN’s visibility on the racing calendar meshes very well with the timing of the Charles Town Classic.”

HRRN’s award-winning broadcast team will be anchored by HRRN President, Mike Penna, along with analyst Jude Feld.

“Charles Town has shown a tremendous commitment to top quality racing in building the Classic into one of the premier events in our sport,” said Penna.  “The additional purse incentives will guarantee another stellar group of horses again this year.  We are extremely excited to showcase the West Virginia thoroughbred industry to our nationwide audience and look forward to being part of this great night of racing.”

The $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic will be one of 13 races on April 20 and serves as the feature on a card that includes the $200,000 Sugar Maple, the $85,000 Robert Hilton Memorial presented by Budweiser and $50,000 Webb Snyder Charles Town Dash presented by Long Fence. Post time for the first race on Charles Town Classic day will be 5pm EST, with the Classic itself scheduled to go off at 10:30pm EST.

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