While there may not have been any stakes races last weekend at Charles Town, the historic Jefferson County ‘bullring’ offered a bevy of allowance and maiden special weight events that perhaps highlighted several horses gearing up for stakes this summer and fall.
Saturday night’s card was highlighted by three allowance events, the last of which was contested as the penultimate race on the program. Camgo, a seven-year-old The Factor gelding trained by Kim Graci, forged a 7-1 upset when he covered the seven furlongs in 1:27.04 for his first win in four starts this year. Camgo now sports a 4-6-3 slate and earnings of just over $90,000 from 14 career tries.
Several races earlier in a rare, three-turn allowance for state-bred older males, Charitable Spinny, a four-year-old Charitable Man gelding trained by Linda Dohlinger-Stehr, prevailed as the 5-2 second choice when he covered the one-mile and one-sixteenth in 1:48.49. This Stehr trainee notched his third win in five starts this year and now owns a 4-1-3 slate and $63,000 banked from 15 lifetime outings.
Then two races earlier in the Saturday opener, another two-turn allowance for state-bred older males, Feisty and Sassy ended a prolonged drought when he scored a mild 5-1 upset. A four-year-old Windsors Castle gelding owned, bred and trained by John A. Casey of Down Town Allen fame, Feisty and Sassy notched his first win in five starts this year and now sports a 3-4-2 slate and nearly $75,000 banked after getting the seven panels in 1:27.52.
One night earlier in the Friday finale, Bop Marley prevailed as the 5-2 second choice in a two-turn maiden special weight for state-bred males. A sophomore son of Swiss Yodeler owned and trained by Javier Contreras of Late Night Pow Wow fame, Bop Marley recorded his first win in two career tries by covering the 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:21.62.
Then one race earlier on Friday in a one-turn allowance dash, Gattosing posted a 22-1 shocker in the penultimate race on the card. A six-year-old Gattopardo gelding trained by William Aylor, Jr. for owner-breeder Ozzie Redman, Gattosing recorded his second win in seven starts this year and he now owns a 4-6-9 slate and roughly $80,000 banked from 39 career tries after getting the 4 1/2-furlong distance in 53.10 as a distinct outsider.
One race before that in a two-turn allowance for state-bred older males, Earlscastle easily lived up to his role as 4-5 favorite when he bided his time through the early stages then swept to command three-wide on the far turn en route to a two-length score. A seven-year-old Windsors Castle gelding owned and trained by Lewis Craig, Jr., Earlscastle notched his first win from five starts this year and now owns a 2-6-3 slate and $75,000 banked from 14 career tries after getting the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:21.31.
Then on Thursday night in the penultimate race on the card in a rare, three-turn allowance, Backcat forged a mild 7-2 upset when she prevailed in 1:48.52 for the one-mile and one-sixteenth distance. A four-year-old Backtalk mare trained by Tim Shanley, Backcat now owns a 3-2-1 slate from six starts this year and a solid 4-3-2 slate and just over $65,000 banked from 14 lifetime tries.
Several races earlier on the Thursday card in a two-turn maiden special weight event, Peaceful Child lived up to her role as the 8-5 favorite when scored in 1:20.81 for the 6 1/2-furlongs. A three-year-old daughter of Freedom Child trained by Michael Jones, Jr. for owner Mike Johnson, Peaceful Child garnered her diploma in just her second career outing. She had finished third in her debut on May 14 when live racing resumed at Charles Town following the pandemic break.