During the first full week of autumn, Charles Town offered a bevy of allowance and maiden special weight races designed to allow numerous West Virginia-bred runners a chance to tune up for a potential berth in one of the nine stakes being conducted here on the West Virginia Breeders Classics card on Oct. 9.
Last Saturday evening just past the midway point of the card, Coastal Mission (Arnaldo Bocachica) rallied from just off the pace and drew clear in the lane to a seven-length victory in his career debut. A juvenile son of Great Notion and full-brother to multiple stakes winner Lewisfield, Coastal Mission graduated at first asking for trainer Jeff Runco and owner-breeder Coleswood Farm by getting the 4½-furlongs in 52.64 as the 1-5 choice.
Two races earlier in a two-turn maiden special weight event for juvenile fillies, Moody Woman (Arnaldo Bocachica) just lived up to her role as the 1-2 favorite when she wore down Timeisgolden for a neck score. A juvenile daughter of Gormley trained by Anthony Farrior, Moody Woman graduated in her third career outing after getting the 6½-furlongs in 1:21.89 as the odds-on choice.
Then two races earlier in the Saturday opener, Ryan’s Sword (Arnaldo Bocachica) lived up to his role as the 1-2 favorite in his career debut when he gained command soon after the break and led throughout to a three-length score. A juvenile son of First Samurai trained by Jeff Runco for owner-breeder Coleswood Farm, Ryan’s Sword easily scored at first asking by getting the 4½-furlongs in 53.48 as the odds-on choice.
One night earlier in the Friday feature, Juba’s House surged to command at the top of the lane then drew clear from My Pretty Eyes to a three-length score as the 3-1 third choice. A sophomore daughter of Juba owned and trained by John A. Casey, Juba’s House notched her first win in five starts this year and now sports two wins from seven career tries after getting the 4½-furlongs in 52.74.
Several races earlier in a one-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred two-year-old fillies, Windsor’s Play (Rashawn Latchman) prevailed smartly at first asking when she drew clear in the lane to a five-length score. A freshman daughter of Windsor Castle owned, bred and trained by James W. Casey, Windsor’s Play graduated in her debut by getting the 4½-furlongs in 53.69 as the 9-2 third choice.
Then one night earlier in the Thursday finale, River Warrior RVF (Carlos Marrero) forged a mild upset when he led throughout to capture a two-turn allowance for state-bred males. A sophomore son of Warrior’s Reward trained by Jeff Runco for owner Rolling Hills Racing Stable, River Warrior RVF recorded his second win in four lifetime tries by getting the 6½-furlongs in 1:19.90 as the 5-2 second choice.
One race earlier in the penultimate race on the card, Brother Corbin lived up to his billing as the 6-5 favorite in a three-turn allowance for older males when he led throughout and held sway late. A six-year-old Brother Derek gelding trained by Janice Groves, Brother Corbin ended his bridesmaid status by notching his first win in six starts this year. The gelding now owns a 5-9-2 slate and over $140,000 banked from 20 career tries by getting the one-mile and one-sixteenth in 1:47 flat.
Then one race earlier in a two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, Power Forward (Arnaldo Bocachica) rallied from well off the pace and widest of all to forge a mild upset. A four-year-old daughter of Competitive Edge trained by Jeff Runco for owner-breeder Coleswood Farm, Power Forward notched her third win in eight starts this year and now owns a 7-3-0 slate and nearly $140,000 banked from 17 career outings after getting the 6½-furlongs in 1:19.18.
One night earlier in the Wednesday finale, Youthinkthatsfunny (Rashawn Latchman) forged a mild upset as the 8-5 second choice when he edged favored stablemate No Change for a neck score in a two-turn allowance. A sophomore son of Fiber Sonde owned, bred and trained by John McKee, Youthinkthatsfunny recorded his second win from six starts this year and now owns a 5-2-3 slate and nearly $165,000 banked from 11 career outings after getting the seven furlongs in 1:25.71.
Several races earlier in a one-turn allowance for fillies and mares, Privately (Wesley Ho) also forged a mild upset as the 9-5 second choice when she overhauled favored Talent Expected for a four-length score. A five-year-old Master Rick mare owned and trained by Javier Contreras, Privately notched her second win in six starts this year and now owns a 4-2-2 slate and roughly $90,000 banked from nine lifetime tries by getting the 4½-furlongs in 51.94.
Then several races earlier in the Wednesday opener, Platinum Frolic (Arnaldo Bocachica) drew off from stablemate Kinky Frolic for an eight-length score as the 8-5 second choice in a two-turn maiden special weight event. A sophomore daughter of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome trained by Jeff Runco for owner Steven Friedfertig, Platinum Frolic graduated in her fourth start this year and sixth overall by getting the 6½-furlongs in 1:20.53.