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Marcy Marcy triumphs despite jockey objection

October 25, 1998|By LARRY YANOS

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Marcy Marcy survived an objection by the jockey of the third-place finisher and won the $75,000 F&M National Corporation Cavada Breeders Classic Saturday evening at the Charles Town Races.

The 3-year-old filly, trained by James M. Casey and ridden by jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., covered the 7 furlongs in 1:27.31 and returned winning mutuels of $3.60, $4.20 and $3.80.

Her stablemate Cherokee Rose, ridden by jockey Lillian Kuykendall and trained by James W. Casey, finished second and Beachfront Rental placed third after the stewards disallowed an objection by jockey Joe Rocco.

The jockey claimed his horse was hit by a stick in the nose right before the wire.

As expected, Stormin Katie grabbed the early lead but felt some early pressure from Flying Dove Caf and Cherokee Rose and relinquished the lead to Marcy Marcy shortly after turning for home. She finished fourth.

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"I was in perfect position," Marquez said in the winner's circle.

"I was happy to see some horses challenge Storming Katie early, that horse is tough to collar if she gets a comfortable lead. My horse had never gone around two turns but that didn't bother me. I figured she could handle things."

Marquez said the racetrack was in good condition and showed no bias.

"I just wanted to get my horse in position to win," Marquez said. "The race set up perfectly for us."

Winning trainer James M. Casey was pleased with the effort.

"I thought coming in to this weekend that Marcy Marcy and Take Aim had the best chance of winning," Casey said.

"I have some other nice horses running but they are the two best as far as I'm concerned."

The F&M National Cavada Breeders Classic, named in honor of the only filly to ever win the Breeders Classics feature (1995 at Mountaineer Park Racetrack in Chester, W.Va.), was the first of six West Virginia Breeders Classics races to be run this weekend at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval.

The Classics series, for West Virginia-bred or -sired horses, continues this afternoon with five races and three open $15,000 tests.

Post time is 1 p.m. with the featured $150,000 mile-and-eighth race (where Take Aim is the defending champion) is expected to go postward at 4:12 p.m.

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