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Casey have dominated horse racing series

October 24, 1998|By LARRY YANOS

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia Breeders Classics could actually be called the "Casey Classics."

In the first 11 years of the thoroughbred racing event, the James W. Casey family has dominated the series for West Virginia-bred or sired horses.

And they will definitely make their presence felt again this weekend at Charles Town Races.

The Casey racing family, which includes James W. and Eleanor Casey and sons John A. and James M., has at least one horse in all five Classics races - headed by tonight's $75,000-added F&M National Corporation Cavada Breeders Classic and Sunday afternoon's featured $150,000 Breeders Classic.

"We've been very fortunate," James W. Casey said of the family's success in the Classics. "I've had outstanding sires - Weshaam, Dancing Czar and My Boy Adam - and I've purchased some some good broodmares in recent years. In fact, I bought the broodmare of Take Aim, Step Out Dancing and Bold Dreamer from Sam Huff."

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Huff is president of West Virginia Breeders Classics Ltd.

Breeder James W. Casey has had 10 horses reach the winner's circle in the Breeders Classics, and owner Eleanor Casey has won six Breeders Classics races. John A. has won four times and James M. has two victories.

In the overall trainers' standings, James W. Casey leads the way with eight wins, six second-place finishes and eight third-place finishes in 50 career starts. James M. Casey shows six wins, three second-place finishes and four third-place finishes in 42 career starts.

The Caseys have won the featured race six times, including five straight from 1989-93.

The streak started in '89 when Taylor Mountain posted the first of consecutive victories. Nice Aintit took the crown in '91, and Coin Collector turned the trick in '92 and '93.

After a dry spell, Take Aim claimed the feature in '97. He will return Sunday to defend his championship.

"I think he'll run good," trainer James M. Casey said last Saturday while viewing the Maryland Million at Laurel Park. "He's coming into the race fresher this year and that will help. Last year at this time, he had run quite a bit and was tailing off, but he's only run six times this year."

James W. Casey says the West Virginia Breeders Classics get stronger every year.

"There's some nice horses running in the Classics," he said. "As for the two big races, Stormin Katie will be awfully tough if nobody runs with her early, and I thing Step Out Dancing will run good in the Classics feature."

Here's a look at the "Casey Challengers" for the 1998 West Virginia Breeders Classics and how James W. Casey sizes up the competition:

* $75,000-added F&M National Corporation Cavada Breeders Classic: Marcy Marcy (James W., breeder; Eleanor, owner; James M., trainer). Main challengers: Stormin Katie (defending champion) and Beachfront Rental.

n The $150,000 Breeders Classic at a mile-and-eighth: Take Aim (James W., breeder and owner; James M., trainer); Mystical Dance (James W., breeder; James M., trainer); Step Out Dancing (James W., breeder and trainer; Eleanor, owner); Bold Dreamer (James W., breeder and trainer; Eleanor, owner). Main challengers: Me No Sissy and P.A.'s Ironman.

* The $35,000 West Virginia Southern States/Triple Crown Feed Breeders Classic for 2-year-old fillies at 4 1/2 furlongs: Marcy's Pleasure (James W., breeder; Eleanor, owner; James M., trainer) and Painted Holly (John A., owner and trainer). Main challenger: Longfield Star.

n The $35,000 West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders Classic for 2-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs: Jolson (James W., breeder and trainer; Eleanor, owner) and Hushaby Adam (James W., breeder; Eleanor, owner; James M., trainer). Main challengers: Little Morning Dew and Spanish Inquisition.

n The $35,000 West Virginia Departmnent of Tourism Breeders Classic for 3-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs: Hat Boy Hatta (James W., breeder and trainer; Eleanor, owner) and (Pearl of Wisdom (James W., breeder; Eleanor, owner; James M., trainer). Main challengers: J. Jacoby, Lady Parrot and Lookahearwotifound.

* The $35,000 West Virginia Lottery Breeders Classic for 3-year-olds at 7 furlongs: Specialappointment (James W., breeder; Eleanor, owner; James M., trainer) and Take Leave (James W., breeder; Eleanor, owner; John A., trainer). Main challengers: Gliding Dragon and Fun With Frank.

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