Last weekend may have been marked by hot, humid conditions throughout the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, but owners, trainers and fans of thoroughbreds at Charles Town found the evening action more than a modest reprieve from the uncomfortable daytime temperatures.
In the second race on the Saturday night card, Privately just lived up to her billing as the 2-5 favorite when she wore down the speedy and gritty Got Your Number for a head victory in a one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares. A five-year-old daughter of Master Rick owned, bred and trained by Javier Contreras, Privately notched her first win in three starts this year and now owns a 3-2-0 slate and nearly $65,000 banked from six career outings after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.50 over the sloppy surface.
That same afternoon at Delaware Park, Anna’s Bandit (Xavier Perez) rallied from last early to finish second in the $100,000 Dashing Beauty Stakes as 1-9 favorite Chub Wagon drew clear in the lane to a five-length score in 1:10.17. Last year’s champion West Virginia-bred older filly or mare, Anna’s Bandit has finished second once in two seasonal outings and now owns a 17-5-8 slate and over $800,000 banked from 38 career tries and will likely return to Charles Town for the Sadie Hawkins Stakes on Sep. 18 and the Cavada BC on Oct. 9.
One night earlier in the penultimate race on the Friday card, a one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, College Kid (Rashawn Latchman) broke best of all to clear to command before the opener then edged clear from Our Diamond Girl and odds-on choice Peppa Starr for a two-length score as an overlooked 6-1 shot. A four-year-old daughter of Windsor Castle owned, bred and trained by James W. Casey, College Kid now owns a 3-2-1 slate from eight starts this year and 6-3-3 slate and nearly $145,000 banked from 17 lifetime outings after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.04.
Then one race earlier in a one-turn maiden special weight event for fillies and mares, Kalenjin (Arnaldo Bocachica) lived up to her role as the 1-5 favorite when she gained command down the backside then drew clear in the lane to a four-length score in her local debut. A sophomore daughter of Munnings owned and trained by Anthony Farrior, Kalenjin collected her diploma in her second lifetime try after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.36 as the odds-on choice.
One race prior in a one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, Sweetonthegents (Denis Araujo) pressed the pace down the backside, surged to command at the head of the lane then just outlasted 30-1 outsider Bella Gianna for a head victory. A four-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy trained by David Walters, Sweetonthegents recorded her first win in four starts this year and third tally in 14 career outings after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.99 as an overlooked 18-1 shot.
Several races earlier in the Friday opener, a one-turn open maiden special weight event for two-year-olds, Baytown Warrior (Brandon Whittacre) easily lived up to his role as the 4-5 favorite when he darted to command soon after the break and cruised home five lengths clear in his local debut. A juvenile son of First Samurai trained by Paul McEntee, Baytown Warrior notched his diploma in his sixth start by getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.88 as the odds-on choice.
One night earlier in the Thursday night finale, Moonlit Shadow (Fredy Peltroche) shook off two rivals and then edged clear from even-money choice Eye of the Needle to a three-length score as the 2-1 second choice in a two-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred fillies. A sophomore daughter of Fiber Sonde and younger, full-sister to to immensely talented Moonlit Song, Moonlit Shadow graduated in her fifth lifetime try for owner-trainer Tim Grams by getting the seven panels in 1:27.45.