Last weekend Charles Town put the finishing touches on the official winter portion of the racing slate for 2023 as owners, trainers, jockeys and onlookers began to welcome the spring portion of the schedule that officially gets underway tomorrow night.

At the midway mark of the St. Patrick’s Day program last Friday night, No Denying Denis (Orlando Bocachica) rallied from well off the pace for a very mild upset in a two-turn maiden special-weight event for state-bred three-year-old fillies. A sophomore daughter of Denis Of Cork trained by Ronald Sigler for owner-breeder Taylor Mountain Farm, No Denying Denis garnered her diploma in her third start this year and seventh overall while getting the 7 furlongs in 1:31.01 as the 3-1 second choice and outlasting 44-1 outsider Sneaky Lynk.

Two races earlier in a two-turn maiden special-weight event for fillies and mares, Harley Girl (Denis Araujo) easily lived up to her billing as the 3-5 favorite when she surged to command midway down the backside then drew clear in the lane under confident handling to a six-length score. A four-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper trained by Jose Corrales for owner Stronach Stables, Harley Girl graduated handily in her local debut and second career outing while getting the 7 furlongs in 1:28.39 as the odds-on choice.

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