In the final week of live racing in June, Charles Town welcomed fans back following a three-month hiatus for spectators and the track offered a good blend of allowance and maiden special weight events as summer arrived with its usual blend of heat and humidity.
Last Saturday night’s feature was a two-turn allowance for fillies and mares that proved to be eventful early but formful after all. Bridging the Gap, sent out as the 3-5 favorite from the rail, broke out into two rivals then gained command before passing the wire the first time and led throughout to a two-length score over 9-2 second choice Mama’s Grey Ghost. A four-year-old daughter of Fiber Sonde owned and trained by John McKee, Bridging the Gap posted her second win in four starts this year and now sports four wins and $80,000 banked from eight starts after getting the seven furlongs in 1:26.40.
One race earlier in a one-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred males, Fancy Concho easily lived up to his billing as the 1-2 favorite when he gained command leaving the chute and led throughout en route to an emphatic eight-length score. A sophomore son of Fiber Sonde trained by Tim Grams, Fancy Concho garnered his diploma in his second start after a runner-up effort in his career debut three weeks earlier by getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.06 as the odds-on choice.
Several races earlier in another one-turn maiden special weight event, Grandpa Louie just lived up to his role as the 8-5 choice when he swept to command on the far turn then held safe Cyclobomb for a length score. A Coil gelding trained by Jeff Runco for the Rockingham Ranch, Grandpa Louie garnered his first win in seven starts this year and 12 overall when he got the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.20.
Two races earlier in another two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, Star of Night easily lived up to her role as the 1-9 favorite when she displayed speed through the first turn, yielded the early advantage to Peaceful Child, surged past that one on the far turn then romped home eight lengths clear under confident handling. A three-year-old daughter of Creative Cause trained by Jeff Runco for Huntertown Farm, Star of Night notched her third win in five career outings by getting the 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:19.17.
One night earlier in the penultimate race on Friday, a two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, Lady Storm gained command soon after the break and led throughout en route to a four-length score over favored Boundtobebad. A four-year-old daughter of Stormy’s Majesty trained by John Carlisle, Lady Storm recorded her first win in two starts this year and now owns five wins from seven career outings after getting the seven panels in 1:25.80 as the 7-2 third choice.
Then one race earlier on the Friday program, Hypothesis rallied from well off the pace to forge a mild 5-2 upset in a one-turn allowance. A sophomore son of Algorithms trained by Crystal Pickett for owner Jill Daniel, Hypothesis notched his first win from three starts this year and now owns four wins and $120,000 banked from seven career outings after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.37 by outlasting 12-1 shot Windsors For It for a length tally.
Then one night earlier on the Thursday card, Campania benefited from patient handling early then rallied widest of all in the lane to forge a three-length victory as an overlooked 9-1 shot.
A sophomore daughter of Commissioner trained by Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame, Campania notched her first win in four starts this year and now owns a 2-2-3 slate and banked $60,000 from 12 career outings after getting the 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:20.61.
This weekend will mark the first two-year-old maiden special weight races of the year at Charles Town, with the juvenile fillies set to compete on Friday and Saturday nights, while the boys are slated to go postward on Saturday. Another two-year-old maiden special weight event for male runners is scheduled for the following Friday, July 10.