CHARLES TOWN HANDLE DOWN

According to the Thoroughbred Times, despite a 2.3% gain during the final ten months, Charles Town Races’ handle declined 5.1% in the year-round season that ended with a cancelled card on New Year’s Eve because of weather conditions.

On-track handle for 236 dates dropped 7.5% to $15,889,713, compared to $17,186,087 for 225 dates in 2008. The total handle was $178,374,766, down from $188,006,751.

Charles Town set a single-card record with $2,552,250 in total handle for the Charles Town Classic Stakes card on April 18.

Trainer Jeff Runco won the training title for the fourth straight year with 150 wins and a career-high $2,755,187 in stable earnings.

Jockey J.D. Acosta was the leading jockey for the third time in four years, scoring 244 wins from 1,117 mounts who earned $4,307,806. Gerald Almodovar finished second with 74 wins.