The 2014 live racing season at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort will commence on Saturday, March 1, and conclude on Saturday, December 20. It will be the 64th year of racing at the in Hancock County, West Virginia.

Mountaineer will offer 210 race cards, all but one of which will have a 7 p.m. first post. The exception will be the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby card, which have a 2 p.m. first post on Saturday, August 2.

Racing will occur five days a week, Saturdays through Wednesdays. “We’re eliminating our Friday cards and are adding Wednesday cards in their place,” said Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at Mountaineer.

“The change was made to increase our wagering handle,” Williams said. “We believe that Wednesdays will provide us with a better position than Fridays in the simulcast market. Thursdays and Fridays will be our dark days in 2014. Mountaineer will also be closed on Thursdays in regards to training.”

There will be no live racing on Easter Sunday, April 20. Nine races will be offered on each card from March through September. Cards will expand to ten races from October 1 through the culmination of the live season.

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