While the Classic and the Cavada may have been the two feature events on the West Virginia Breeders Classic last Saturday evening at Charles Town, many of the seven races on the supporting program had plenty to offer for local owners, trainers and breeders.
The opening race on the card was the $75,000 Vincent Moscerelli Memorial for two-year-old colts and geldings and the event featured a number of talented juveniles all making their debut at the two-turn distance of 6 1/2-furlongs. Hypothesis, hero of the Henry Mercer Memorial in his previous outing, was the solid 4-5 favorite for trainer Crystal Pickett.
Sent out as the 1-2 favorite in the Moscarelli, Hypothesis (Gerald Almodovar) encountered a little traffic trouble on the first turn, straightened out while well off the pace down the backside, shifted gears and finally overhauled Nico in the lane for a length victory in 1:21.59 for the two-turn affair. A son of Algorithms out of a Not For Love mare, Hypothesis notched his second straight stakes and his third win from four starts overall and nearly doubled his career earnings to $90,000.
One race later in the $75,000 West Virginia Lottery for three-year-old colts and geldings, Loving Touch (Carlos Delgado) maintained the perfect start to his career when he led throughout as the 2-1 second choice and held safe Hero’s Man (Almodovar) for a two-length score while getting the seven panels in 1:25.92. The sophomore full-brother to Runnin’toluvya has won all four of his starts for Grams and gave Delgado his first stakes victory.
Then one race later in the $75,000 West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition BC for two-year-old fillies, Boundtobebad (Christian Hiraldo) provided an 11-1 upset when she gained command soon after the start and led throughout to a three-length score. The juvenile daughter of Windsor Castle owned, bred and trained by James W. Casey, Boundtobebad notched her first stakes victory and remained unbeaten in two career tries.
In the $75,000 WV Tourism Office BC, Parisian Diva (J.D. Acosta) lived up to her role as the 1-5 favorite when she gained command passing the wire the first time and led throughout to score by two lengths over C.R. Case’s Legacy while getting the seven panels in 1:26.67. A sophomore daughter of Freedom Child trained by Stacey Viands for owner-breeder Melinda Golden, Parisian Diva notched her sixth win in nine starts this year and could be headed to Laurel Park this Saturday for the Maryland Million Distaff.
Then, one race later in the $75,000 Onion Juice for older horses, Penguin Power (Arnaldo Bcoachica) easily lived up to his role as the 1-5 favorite in the $75,000 Onion Juice for older horses when he gained command soon after the break and led throughout en route to a three-length score in 1:25.37 for the seven furlongs. A four-year-old Fiber Sonde gelding trained by Jeff Runco for owner David Raim, Penguin Power notched his second straight stakes victory, boasts six consecutive wins overall and now sports nine wins in 11 career outings.
One race later in the $75,000 WV Dash For Cash for older sprinters going the one-turn distance of 4 1/2-furlongs, Dr. Feelgood (Darius Thorpe) proved to be the speed of the speed when he lived up to his role as the even-money choice to lead throughout en route to a three-length score in 50.81 for the dash distance. A four-year-old Fiber Sonde gelding trained by Pickett for owner Jill Daniel, Dr. Feelgood has won all three of his starts this year and now sports seven wins and $150,000 banked from eight career outings.
Then in the finale, the nine-furlong $75,000 Distaff for older fillies and mares at nine furlongs, B’s Wild Cork (Antonio Lopez) rallied from well off the pace to nail 3-5 favorite T Rex Express in the final 100 yards to forge an 8-1 upset. A four-year-old daughter of Denis of Cork owned, bred and trained by James W. Casey, B’s Wild Cork recorded her second win in seven starts this year and now sports a 7-7-5 slate and nearly $140,000 banked from 26 career tries and won in her first attempt navigating the three-turn distance of nine furlongs.
Note: One week after she rallied from well off the pace to capture the $175,000 Cavada at Charles Town, Anna’s Bandit rallied along the inside to capture the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff as the 1-2 favorite under Xavier Perez. The five-year-old Great Notion mare trained by John [Jerry] Robb notched her fourth straight stakes tally, her fifth straight win overall and she now owns eight wins and $360,000 banked from 10 seasonal outings. She also boasts 15 wins and nearly $665,000 banked from 31 career outings.