One week after the West Virgina-bred older males had the chance to display their talents in the $50,000 A Huevo Stakes at one-mile and one-eighth, the state-bred older distaffers were in the limelight on Saturday night when the track hosted the $50,000 My Sister Pearl Stakes at the same three-turn, nine-furlong distance.
Heading into the latest renewal of the My Sister Pearl, B's Wild Cork had been overshadowed locally by state-bred distaffers Late Night Pow Wow and Anna's Bandit until she captured the $75,000 West Virginia Distaff at the same nine-furlong distance to cap the West Virginia Breeders Classics card. She was viewed with mild skepticism on Saturday night and went postward as the 5-2 second choice for trainer James W. Casey while See Ya Manan was made the 7-5 favorite for trainer Jeff Runco.
Bolstered by her success in the WVBC finale, B's Wild Cork continued her newfound winning ways when he edged past 10-1 Cameron Steer to score in 1:57.95. The four-year-old daughter of Denis of Cork owned, bred and trained by Casey, B's Wild Cork notched her third win from eight starts this year and sports a commendable 8-7-5 slate and nearly $225,000 banked from 27 career outings after taking the My Sister Pearl Stakes on Saturday night.
One night earlier in the Friday feature, Privately easily lived up to her role as the 7-5 favorite in a one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares when she romped home eight lengths clear. A sophomore daughter of Master Rick owned, bred and trained by Javier Contreras of Late Night Pow Wow fame, Privately notched her second win in three starts by getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.64 for her second straight score.
Several races earlier on the Friday program, Lil Miss Fiber just lived up to her billing as the 1-5 favorite in a two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares when she scored by a length. A sophomore daughter of Fiber Sonde owned, bred and trained by Tim Collins, Lil Miss Fiber ended her bridesmaid status by getting the seven panels in 1:29.67 for her first win in seven tries, having been second three times and third twice in six prior outings.
Then one night earlier in the last of three allowance events on the Thursday card, Ocean Lilly rallied from midpack to draw clear in the lane to a two-length score over Sherwood Lady in a two-turn affair for state-bred fillies and mares. A sophomore daughter of Flashback trained by Jeff Runco for owner Smart Angle, Ocean Lilly recorded her second win from eight starts this year and now owns four victories and $80,000 banked from 12 lifetime tries after getting the 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:20.15.
Several races earlier on the Thursday program, Laughing Cat easily lived up to his role as the 4-5 favorite in a one-turn allowance dash for state-bred males when he gained command soon after the break and drew clear late to a three-length score in 51.95. A four-year-old Fiber Sonde gelding owned, bred and trained by John McKee, Laughing Cat recorded his second win in eight career outings and pushed his lifetime earnings toward $50,000 by prevailing in the 4 1/2-furlong affair.