West Virginia: Horse racing now halts in Charles Town, reversing earlier plan to run with no fans Brad McElhinny, West Virginia Metro News · March 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm The resumption of live horse racing in Charles Town didn’t last long. On Friday, the state Racing Commission agreed to allow a few races a week with no fans in the grandstand. The races were being livestreamed, with the winnings intended to support employees and the upkeep of horses. Today, members of the Racing Commission participated in another emergency meeting prompted by Charles Town Races owner Penn National Gaming, which was requesting a shutdown. Commission members went ahead and held the meeting via telephone but said a stay-home order issued Monday by Gov. Jim Justice already means there can’t be racing. “I feel that the governor took care of that last night, but we’d already called the meeting,” said Jack Rossi, chairman of the Racing Commission.