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About Us

Thoroughbred racing is deep rooted in West Virginia's history.  Charles Town, laid out in 1786 by George Washington's youngest brother Charles, is home of the first recognized horse races in the State, as young Charles and friends raced their horses through the streets of the town. Many improvements have occurred in our industry since 1786.  The current racetrack has been in operation since the early 1930's and is as much a fiber of the community as our courthouse, where the famous trial of John Brown occurred. 

MISSION STATEMENT

To promote the sport of Thoroughbred Horse Racing

To institute any movement that will aid or protect the general welfare of the racing industry, including the interests of horsemen, horsewomen, their employees, and family of backstretch personnel.

To bring about a closer understand of the relationship between horsemen, horsewomen, racing associations, WV Racing Commission and the public.

To represent all horsemen’s and horsewomen’s interests and property rights in negotiating contracts, legislation, rules and day-to-day activities with the racing association, WV Racing Commission and WV Legislature.

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THE HBPA OFFICE PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES TO HORSEMEN: 

Condition Books from Charles Town Races and surrounding race tracks

Overnights from Charles Town Races and surrounding race tracks

Programs for live racing

Access to Equineline, Equibase and Brisnet Programs

License applications, Bills of Sale forms, Lease Agreements

Supplemental Purse Fund Forms (10-10-10), and Authorization to Release Information

Sales books and sales results for Fasig Tipton, Keeneland, New York, Texas, OBS Sales

 Equine Magazines

Current announcements, news and flyers

Bulletin Board access for information

Dedicated Computer for Jockey Club Registry

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THE OFFICE STAFF PROVIDES HELP TO THE HORSEMEN:

Notarizing and duplicating documents

Processing forms for the Welfare Benefit Trust, the Assistance Fund, and Aftercare Charles Town

Assisting with completion of Workers Compensation Exemption Forms

Receiving and sending faxes

Troubleshooting, counseling and mediating horsemen's issues

Providing a mailbox for Horsemen here on a temporary basis