The Season Begins
DateThu, Apr 6, 2017
Mountaineer Park, West Virginia's premier racetrack, hosts unforgettable racing nearly every day. We are excited for the 2017 season, including hosting the West Virginia Derby on August 5th. It was back in 1786 when Colonel Charles Washington, the brother of George Washington, organized what’s believed to be the first organized horse racing event in what eventually became West Virginia. The purse was “40 pounds,” a good deal less than what the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby will offer on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.
Charles Washington provided the foundation for West Virginia’s racing heritage. And, more than any other event, the West Virginia Derby annually fortifies that heritage.