Horseracing was always popular in Wheeling. The following was run in the Wheeling Repository on October 15, 1908:
WHEELING RACES will be run for on Tuesday the 25th of October, over a handsome course adjoining the town, a Purse of Sixty Dollars, three miles and repeat. Free for any horse, mare, or gelding. Entrance four dollars.
On Wednesday the 26, over the same course, a Purse of Forty Dollars, two miles and repeat. Entrance three dollars free as above, the winning horse on the preceding day excepted.
On Thursday the 27th, a handsome Sweepstake, two miles and repeat.
Entrance two dollars free as above.
The horses to carry catch riders. On the day of the race, the jockeys will be furnished with the rules. Each horse to be entered with either of the managers on the evening preceding the race, or double entrance at the poles.
--G. Miller, Jos. Kerr, F. Beymer, Managers