During the same weekend in which the Major League Baseball season belatedly kicked off the 2020 season, Charles Town offered a bevy of allowance and maiden special weight events at varying distances for horses of all ages.
Last Saturday night offered a pair of maiden special weight events for two-year-olds, the first of which kicked off the card. In that one-turn open dash for juvenile fillies, Unrequited Love forged a mild 2-1 upset when she wore down 6-5 favorite Flash Town for a neck victory. A Maryland-bred daughter of Despite The Odds trained by Milan Milosevic, Unrequited Love garnered her diploma in her second try after running third in her debut against maiden claimers at Delaware Park.
Then one race later in a one-turn allowance for older boys, Freedom Is Ringing lived up to his role as the 1-2 favorite when he surged to command on the far turn and edged clear late to a two-length score. A five-year-old Fiber Sonde gelding trained by Rhea Pennella, Freedom Is Ringing recorded his third win in six starts this year and now owns a 6-6-3 slate and just over $100,000 banked from 21 career tries after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.82.
One race later in a one-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred two-year-old boys, Youthinkthatsfunny lived up to his billing as the 3-5 favorite when he disposed on one rival early and drew clear late to a three-length score in his second outing. A juvenile son of Fiber Sonde owned, bred and trained by John McKee, Youthinkthatsfunny rebounded from a third-place effort in his career debut to garner his diploma on Saturday night.
Then one race later in a two-turn maiden special weight event for three-six-year-olds, Any Way Now gained command soon after the break and led throughout en route to a six-length score. A sophomore son of Shackleford trained by Jeff Runco for owner David Raim, Any Way Now carved out all the fractions then drew clear in the lane to record his first win in three outings by getting the seven panels in 1:27.61 as the 7-2 second choice.
One night earlier in the Friday feature, Cameron Street rallied from well off the pace to capture a two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares. A five-year-old daughter of Denis of Cork owned and trained by John A. Casey, Cameron Street overhauled even-money choice Grace Elizabeth late to notch her first win in six starts this year and she now owns a 6-4-6 slate and nearly $150,000 banked after getting the seven panels in 1:27.60 over the muddy going.
Several races earlier in a one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred two-year-old fillies, Ms. T Rex lived up to her role as the even money choice in her career debut when she rallied to score by two lengths. A freshman daughter of Twirling Candy trained by Jeff Runco for owner David Raim, Ms. T Rex won smartly at first asking by getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.73.
Then one night earlier in the Thursday feature, a two-turn allowance for older males, Hero’s Man maintained his winning ways when he posted his second win in three starts this year for owner-breeder-trainer James W. Casey. A four-year-old Charitable Man gelding out of a Sea Hero mare, Hero’s Man recorded his seventh win in 14 career outings and pushed his lifetime bankroll toward $150,000 after getting the seven furlongs in 1:25.97 as the solid 8-5 favorite.
Two races earlier on the same card in another two-turn allowance, Free Dancer posted a 19-1 shocker when he led throughout to forge a three-length score. A sophomore son of Uncaptured trained by Miguel Ramos, Free Dancer notched his second win in six starts this year and eight outings overall by getting the seven panels over the sloppy course in 1:27.21 as the longest shot in the field.