- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is cutting 50 days from its 2015 racing schedule to avoid lowering average daily purses.

Mountaineer director of racing Rose Mary Williams tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (https://bit.ly/1TKDwyK ) that the move will keep purses at the same level.

The racing year began March 1. Williams says racing will end on Oct. 17 instead of in December.

The West Virginia Racing Commission last week approved the resort’s request to reduce its racing schedule from 210 days to 160 days.

Earlier this year, the commission approved Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ request to reduce its racing days from 220 to 187.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintelligencer.net

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