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Flashy Outcahem to lead dash for cash in CT's top stake

Flashy Outcahem to lead dash for cash in CT's top stake

June 26, 2006|by LARRY YANOS

The $100,000 Charles Town Dash on July 4 at Charles Town Races & Slots, one of the highlights of the track's 2006 stakes schedule, should draw an excellent field of horses.

Nominations are out for the Dash, an invitational event for three-year-olds-and-upwards. It is the richest 4-1/2 furlong race in America and returns after an one-year absence.

Highweight in the field at 129 pounds is Outcashem. The horse is followed by The Student, Explosive Count, Confucius Say and P. Kerney

Scott Lake, the nation's leading trainer in races won, has nominated four horses to the race and notables such as Ben Feliciano Jr., Tim Tullock, Howard Wolfendale, Wayne Lukas and George Yetsook also have pre-entered.

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Fogelsonger hits milestone

Maryland-based jockey Ryan Fogelsonger reached the 1,000-win plateau last Sunday at the Colonial Downs in Providence Forge, Va., when he guided Glenwood Ace to victory in the fifth race for Hall of Fame trainer Bud Delp.

The 25-year-old Fogelsonger posted the 1,000th win with his 4,997th career mount.

Fogelsonger has won over 750 races at the major Maryland tracks - including his first career victory on May 1, 2002 at Old Hilltop.

The 2002 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice won 419 races during his bug (rookie) campaign and has finished first or second in the overall Maryland standings in all four years as a rider.

With the exception of a six-month stint at DelMar, Pomona Fair Meet, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park in California, Foglesonger has spent his entire career in Maryland.

Foglesonger was following a pattern.

Chris McCarron, Kent Desormeaux and Edgar Prado - all former Eclipse Award-winning apprentice riders - decided to leave the Free State following early success.

McCarron and Desormeaux went to the West Coast while Prado decided on New York and Florida.

In 2002, Fogelsonger had his best year when he led all bug riders in victories (267), earnings ($4,489,311) and winning percentage (.220), while riding in a colony that featured six of the top 25 riders in the country based on wins.

Foglesonger received 80 percent of the Eclipse Award votes, becoming the ninth Maryland-based jockey to win the award. He was also nominted for apprentice honors in 2003 but finished second.

Pony tails

A stellar six-horse field at Charles Town earlier this month produced a three-horse photo finish in a 6 1/2 furlong race, clocking at one-fifth of a second off the track record.

Outcashem - owned by Robert Cole, Jr., trained by Scott Lake and ridden by Travis Dunkelberger - won the race. He set fractions of 22, 44, and 1:10 on route to a final time of 1:17.

Two-time West Virginia Breeders Classic champion Confucius Say finished second, while Who's Bluffing was third.

The $1 million Colonial Turf Cup was held Saturday at the Colonial Downs. The 1-3/16 test was the first leg of the $5 million Grand Slam of Grass.

The $1 million Virginia Derby on July 15, also at Colonial, is the second leg of the Grand Slam.

The Slam, offering a $5 million bonus to a horse who sweeps all four races, also includes the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 12 and the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

Penn National will host their 11th annual Charity Golf Classic at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa. on Aug. 7.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Carlino Fund of IBD Research at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. A record $170,000 was raised from the one-day tournament last year.

All players will receive a gift bag, which includes a Tommy Armour micro-fibre windshirt and several other prizes; lunch, golf and invitations to an evening cocktail reception and post-tournament dinner and awards banquet.

Information and registration brochures are available by calling 1-717-469-3270 or at pnrc@pngaming.com.

Valley View Downs will appeal a Commonwealth Court ruling upholding the State Harness Racing Commission's denial of its application for the last unclaimed harness-racing license in Pennsylvania.

In the same ruling that upheld the rejection of Valley View's Beaver County proposal, the Commonwealth Court ordered the racing commission to reconsider a competing plan to build a track in Lawrence County.

The court said the commission erred in rejecting Bedford Downs' application.

Ownership of the last harness racing license carries carries a huge advantage of a chance to land one of 14 slot-machine gambling licenses the state will issue.




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 larryy@herald-mail.com

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