While there may not have been any stakes during the month of June at Charles Town, a collection of horses exiting prior stakes events and numerous others heading into future ones made their presence known in a bevy of allowance and maiden special weight events over the last week of the month. Last Saturday night in a one-turn allowance dash, Golden Key (Luis Batista) forged a mild upset as the 6-5 second choice when he just outlasted the late surge of even-money choice Rocket Appeal for a nose score. A sophomore son of Uncle Limo owned and trained by Ronney Brown, Golden Key notched his third straight score and now owns five wins and over $120,000 banked from seven lifetime tries after getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.07.
One race earlier in a two-turn allowance for state-bred males, No Change (Denis Araujo) rallied well from off the pace and widest of all to post a 10-1 upset for his second straight score. A sophomore son of Fiber Sonde owned, bred and trained by John McKee, No Change notched his second straight score and now owns three wins from seven career outings after getting the 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:21.21 as an overlooked outsider.
Then one race earlier in a two-turn allowance for older state-bred males, Hero’s Man (Rashawn Latchman) surged to command on the far turn then romped home six lengths clear as the 5-2 second choice. A five-year-old Charitable Man gelding owned, bred and trained by James W. Casey, Hero’s Man recorded his third win in four starts this year and now sports a 10-2-3 slate and nearly $215,000 banked from 21 lifetime tries after getting the seven furlongs in 1:26.79.
One night earlier in a two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, Eternal Heart lived up to her role as the 3-5 favorite when she stalked a longshot leader early, surged to command at the head of the lane then outlasted Katalima for a neck score. A four-year-old daughter of First Samurai trained by Caio Caramori for owner WJG Legacy Equine, Eternal Heart notched her first win in four starts this year and seventh victory in seven career tries by getting the seven furlongs in 1:29.36.
Then one race earlier in a one-turn allowance for fillies and mares, Peppa Starr (Antonio Lopez) lived up to her billing as the 6-5 favorite when she sat just off of College Kid through the early stages then edged past that one in the lane for a neck score. A sophomore daughter of Fiber Sonde trained by Javier Contreras, Peppa Starr notched her second straight tally, third win in five starts this year and fourth victory in six career outings by getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.64.
Then one night earlier in the penultimate race on the Thursday card, Maud’dib (Arnaldo Bocachica) maintained the perfect start to his career when he led throughout as the 1-5 favorite to capture a two-turn allowance for state-bred males. A four-year-old son of Fiber Sonde trained by Jeff Runco for owner David Raim, Maud’dib has now won his first three starts this year and all six of his career outings and banked over $100,000 after getting seven panels in 1:26.25 as the odds-on choice.
One race earlier in another one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, Talent Expected (Fredy Peltroche) regained her winning ways when she forged a modest 4-1 upset. A sophomore daughter of Prospective trained by Tim Grams for owner-breeder Dennis Finger, Talent Expected notched her third win from seven starts and pushed her seasonal and career earnings past $65,000 by getting the 4 1/2-furlongs in 53.07.
Then several races earlier in a two-turn allowance for state-bred older males, Bubba Grump lived up to his role s the 6-5 favorite when he gained command soon after the break and led throughout en route to a five-length score. A five-year-old Successful Appeal gelding trained by Javier Contreras for owner-breeder O’Sullivan Farm, Bubba Grump notched his third win in six starts this year and his fourth tally in eight career outings by getting the seven panels in 1:27.89.