Reversal: West Virginia Derby will not be held this year
CHESTER — The West Virginia Derby will not be held this year, after all.
Less than a week after announcing the 51st running of the derby would go on without spectators, officials at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort announced on social media Tuesday there would be no racing Aug. 1.
The announcement included a letter signed by Jason Pugh, general manager at Mountaineer.
“After much discussion and consideration, Mountaineer has made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s running of the 51st West Virginia Derby, as well as the entire race card, for Aug. 1 for the health and welfare of all involved,” the letter states.
The letter added Mountaineer’s regular live racing events will continue as scheduled, Sunday through Wednesday, with a 7 p.m. post time.
“We anxiously await next year’s West Virginia Derby and look forward to making it a great day of racing. Thank you for your understanding and patronage,” the letter concludes.
The West Virginia Derby traces its history to the early 1920s, with the first running at Tri-State Fairgrounds near Barboursville. It made its first appearance in Hancock County in 1963, when Mountaineer was known as Waterford Park.