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Speed Whiz takes W.Va.'s Breeders test

October 09, 2005|By LARRY YANOS

larryy@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.

Speed Whiz and Orginal Gold won the two featured races of West Virginia Breeders Classics XIV held Saturday night at Charles Town Races & Slots.

Defending champion A Huevo, a prohibitive 1-2 favorite in the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic, did not break well and was pulled up by jockey Ramon Dominguez after rounding the first turn.

Meanwhile, Orginal Gold had a tougher time in the $250,000 The Jefferson Security Bank Cavada West Virginia Breeders Classic.

Speed Whiz, ridden by Anthony Mawing, and stablemate Slew's Smile, ridden by jockey Larry Reynolds, were the second betting choices and ran very well.

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Speed Whiz won the 1 1/8th-mile feature in 1:52.3 and was followed by Slew's Smile, Sheckatoo and Brigader. The winning margin was 2-1/2 lengths over a sloppy racetack.

Both Speed Whiz and Slew's Smile are owned and trained by William A. Campbell.

The 4-year-old Speed Whiz was coming off two straight wins and now shows three victories in 10 starts in 2005.

Orginal Gold, ridden by jockey Travis Dunkelberger, won the Cavada for the second straight year, this time by 2-1/2 lengths over Alaska Ash. Cedar Slew was third and Katch a Hello was fourth.

The feature was for horses 3-years-old & upwards, while the Cavada was a 7-furlong race for fillies and mares, 3-years-old & upwards.

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

There were 126 nominations for the eight races which were restricted to West Virginia bred or sired horses.

The feature attracted 15 nominations while the Cavada drew 16 nominations. The preference was highest earnings in the past two years.

Notes - Nice Claim!

Trainer David Wells claimed Spindini for $7,500 on Aug. 27 and the 4-year old gelding captured Saturday's $75,000 The West Virginia "Onion Juice" Breeders Classic.

It was Spindini's first win in 2005 in eight starts. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche was the winning rider.

n Sam Huff, president of West Virginia Breeders Classics, Inc., attended the Breakfast of Champions Saturday morning at Charles Town Races & Slots and then left for Denver.

The NFLHall of Fame member is one of the analysts for the Washington Redskins' radio broadcasts. The NFLteam visits the Denver Broncos this afternoon.

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