Last Thursday and Friday evenings Charles Town put the finishing touches on a busy July schedule by offering a number of events that highlighted the track’s genuine speedsters in one-turn allowance, maiden and claiming races.
In fact, last Thursday evening’s feature was a one-turn, open allowance that featured the state’s best speed ball. Dr. Feelgood, a five-year-old son of Fiber Sonde trained by Crystal Pickett for owner Jill Daniel, was the prohibitive 1-5 favorite in a $32,500 allowance that served as the penultimate race on the card.
When the gates opened in that one-turn allowance dash, Dr. Feelgood broke best of all to gain command leaving the chute, maintained a clear lead under confident handling from jockey Darius Thorpe on the far turn then cruised home eight lengths clear. Unbeaten in four seasonal outings, Dr. Feelgood has won all nine of his starts at the one-turn dash distance and sports 12 wins and $255,000 banked from 14 career outings after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 50.80.
Several races earlier in a one-turn allowance for fillies and mares, Evan’s Chile lived up to her role as the 3-5 favorite when she gained command after the break and held safe College Kid for a length score. A sophomore daughter of First Samurai trained by Anthony Farrior, Evan’s Chile has won both of her local outings after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.83 as the odds-on choice.
Then several races earlier in a one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers which had never won two races, Twobitsaride forged a mild 6-1 upset when he led throughout for a two-length score. A Virginia-bred sophomore son of Gandhi owned and trained by Jacob Dillon, Twobitsaride recorded his second win in seven starts this year and 13 tries overall after getting the one-turn distance in 53.70.
Last Friday on the last program of the month six of the eight contests were one-turn dash events. In fact, the opener went to 9-5 choice Carthage who splashed home four lengths clear in 53.20 for his first win in six starts this year in a one-turn event for $5,000 claimers. The four-year-old Justin Philip gelding notched his first win in 10 starts overall for trainer Dove Houghton.
Two races later on the Friday card, Alpha Chi Rho rebounded from a fourth-place effort in his career debut to capture a one-turn maiden special weight dash for two-year-olds males. A juvenile son of Alpha trained by Greg Viands for owner Double Deez Stables, Alpha Chi Rho graduated last Friday night by getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 53.15 as the 5-2 third choice.
Then several races later in the Friday feature, Twirling Owen kept her perfect season in tact when she gained command soon after the break, opened a clear lead on the far turn then lasted for a neck victory over My Lovely Girl as the 3-5 favorite. A sophomore daughter of Twirling Candy trained by Anthony Farrior for owner-breeder James F. Miller, Twirling Owen has won all three of her starts this year and now sports six wins and $155,000 banked from 10 career tries after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.53 as the odds-on choice.
Last Tuesday afternoon at Colonial Downs in Virginia, Merchant of Hope finished a solid second in the $40,000 Hansel Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track. A Maryland-bred daughter of Bayern trained by Phil Schoenthal, Merchant of Hope had beaten the boys in her career debut against maiden special weight foes at Charles Town on July 11 and came right back to finish second in her stakes debut last week at Colonial Downs.