At the races - Target squarely on A Huevo's back

October 02, 2005|By Larry Yanos

A Huevo and Original Gold will defend championships at the 19th annual West Virginia Breeders Classics Night on Saturday at Charles Town Races & Slots.

A Huevo, trained by Michael Dickinson, and Original Gold, trained by Ronnie Brown, both romped to victory a year ago. Jockey Ramon Dominguez rode both horses.

The 9-year-old A Huevo will defend his title in the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic - a mile-and-an-eighth test for 3-year-olds and up - while Original Gold will defend her title in the $250,000 Jefferson Security Bank Cavada West Virginia Breeders Classics race - a 7-furlong race for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.

The two events are part of an impressive eight-race card which also features six other $75,000 tests.

There were 126 nominations for the eight races.

All races for the Breeders Classics are restricted to West Virginia bred or sired horses.

Charles Town racing secretary Doug Lamp said the feature attracted 15 nominations, while the Cavada drew 16.


n The Breeders Classic candidates (in alphabetical order): Brigader, Bryceslittlesecret, Earth Power, Longfield Spud, Mr. Peacemaker, Sheckatoo, Slew's Smile, Speed Whiz, Spindini, Staubach, Take The Plunge, Tienneman Square, Vanastash and Wild Remarks.

"Like the other races on Classics Night, the preference is highest earnings in the past two years," Lamp said. "There are three couplings in the feature: Earthpower and Tienneman Square; Slew's Smile and Speed Whiz; and Take The Plunge and Wild Remarks."

As Lamp looked over the list of nominations, he said, "A Huevo, the defending champion, you have him to beat."

The gelding, owned by Mark Hopkins, has raced only twice since winning the West Virginia Breeders Classic by 19 1/4 lengths last October.

He was sixth in the Grade I DeFrancis Dash at Pimlico on Nov. 20, 2004, and 11th in another stakes at Calder Race Course in Miami on Dec. 18, 2004.

A Huevo sports career earnings of $389,750 with six wins in 11 starts. He has yet to finish second or third in a race.

n The Jefferson Security Bank Cavada West Virginia Breeders Classics nominations (in alphabetical order): Affirmed Illusion, Alaska Ash, Caber's Cutie, Carnival Chrome, Cedar Slew, Crafty Carni, Debbie's Turn, Hot Malibu Moon, Ketch a Hello, Light Reflections, Love For Lucy, Minds In Motion, Original Gold, She'sanothergrump, Simon Slew and White Ice.

Since winning the Cavada last October, Original Gold has raced three times - all at Charles Town - and tuned up with a victory in the Roger Van Hoozer Memorial Stakes on Sept. 10.

Lifetime, the 5-year-old Original Gold has been to the starting gate 13 times and shows five wins, four seconds and two thirds for owner-trainer Brown.

"There are some nice horses in the Cavada," Lamp said. "(Trainer) David Walters has a horse named Carnival Chrome, the 3-year-old filly is undefeated."

Carnival Chrome has posted four straight wins at Charles Town, the latest coming Aug. 20 in the Sadie Hawkins Stakes. She has career earnings of $66,270 for trainer Walters and owner Daniel Francis.

Preakness tickets

The Maryland Jockey Club announced that tickets for the 2006 Preakness Stakes will go on sale Monday.

The 131st running of the Grade I, $1 million Preakness, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, is set for May 20 at Pimlico in Baltimore.

In addition to expanding the turfside terrace from 1,188 to 1,485 seats, the two-day turfside terrace ticket will be offered once again as the popularity of Friday's Black-Eyed Susan and Pimlico Special Day continues to grow.

The clubhouse turn reserved area, offering premium seating and corporate suite opportunities which debuted in 2005, also will be enlarged. The top of the stretch seating, which also debuted in 2005, will be expanded, again providing infield fans with a deluxe alternative to general infield admission.

For ticket information, call 1-410-542-9400.

Pony Tales

ยท A total of 145 horses, the offspring of Maryland stallions, have been pre-entered in the 12 races which comprise the 2005 Maryland Million.

Maryland's Day at the Races will be presented at Laurel Park on Saturday. The post-position draw will be held Wednesday.

Purses and awards for this year will soar to $1.5 million, a 50 percent increase over the original figure and a national record for sire stakes events.

Expected in the $250,000 Maryland Million Classic are 2004 winner Presidentialaffair and runner-up Aggadan, a multiple stakes winner.

Cherokee's Boy, who competed in the 2003 Preakness and won three stakes races this summer, is nominated to the Classic and $150,000 Sprint. The Gary Capuano trainee is attempting to become the 16th Maryland-bred millionaire. The 5-year-old currently ranks 23rd with $845,596 in earnings.

Larry Yanos is sports editor of The Daily Mail. He covers horse racing for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131 ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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