Lake is holding his own at Charles Town

July 02, 2006|by LARRY YANOS

Scott Lake, the leading trainer in the country in races won in 2006, is making his presence felt at Charles Town Races & Slots.

Lake, who has accumulated more than 300 wins this year, is stabling horses at Charles Town for the first time and is heading to a "photo finish" with Ronny Brown and Jeff Runco for leading trainers' honors as the thoroughbred campaign reaches the halfway mark.

"I have 26 horses stabled at Charles Town and we're doing well," Lake said. "I actually have horses at seven different racetracks now - Belmont Park, Delaware Park, Laurel Park, Pimlico, Penn National, Philadelphia Park and Charles Town."

Included in the Charles Town contingent are talented Outcashem and Explosive Count.

The two - along with Rain Song and The Student - have been nominated for the upcoming July 4 Charles Town Dash at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval.


Post time for the special holiday card is 4 p.m.

The Invitational, the country's richest 4 1/2 furlong race, will carry a $100,000 purse.

"I'll likely run either Outcashem or Explosive Count but probably not both," Lake said in reviewing his pre-race strategy.

Outcashem is the highweight in the July 4 lineup at 129 pounds and is followed by The Student, Explosive Count, Confucius Say and P. Kerney.

Winning a stakes race at Charles Town would be nothing new for Lake.

Starting with the Costy Caras Memorial on May 12, Lake has won stakes events with The Student, the Country Roads Stakes with Phoney Exchange; the Jiva Coolit Stakes with Riproarious and the Turn Capp Stakes with Remarqable Tale.

Lake has enjoyed a remarkable career since acquiring a trainer's license in 1991.

A huge percentage of his stable consists of claiming horses, many of whom have been stepped up to stakes class.

Notable trainers, such as Ben Feliciano Jr., Tim Tullock, Howard Wolfendale, Wayne Lukas and George Yetsook, also have pre-entered horses for the seventh running of the Charles Town Dash.

Charles Town Racing Secretary Doug Lamp says nationally known trainer Lukas will likely have a horse in the Dash.

"From all indications, Swissle Stick will run in the Dash," Lamp said. "The horse runs mostly in Kentucky. The connections say the horse does not want 6 furlongs, so 4 1/2 may be more to his liking."

Regardless of the shows and no-shows, Lamp says Outcashem will be the betting line favorite in the race.

As we reach the midway point in the thoroughbred racing schedule at Charles Town, Travis Dunkelberger leads the jockeys standings.

He is followed by: Defending champion Gerald Almodovar, J. D. Acosta, Dale Whittaker, Carlos L. Castro, Erick Ramirez, Luis A. Perez, Oscar Flores, Gustavo Larrosa, Fredy Peltroche, Joel Hiraldo, Jesus Sanchez, Sunday Diaz, Brandon Whitacre, Joseph Schneider, Sylvester Joseph Carmouche III, Larry C. Reynolds, Kelvin Serrano, Alcibiades C. Cortez and Javier Rivera.

Penn National in Grantville, Pa., will bring back Pick Six wagering for the month of July, starting on Wednesday.

The popular multi-race bet will begin with a $10,000 guaranteed gross pool.

According to track publicity director Fred Lipkin, the Pick Six will be based nightly on the results of the second through seventh races.

Tickets will be sold in not less than $1 denominations with a $2 minimum wager per ticket.

One hundred percent of the net pool will be paid equally among all persons correctly selecting the winners of all six races in the Pick Six.

If nobody selects all six winners, 25 percent of the net pool will be paid out to bettors correctly selecting the most winners from the Pick Six races.

The remaining 75 percent will be carried over and added to the pool for the next day.

Carryover pools provide the opportunity for large jackpots. Several years ago Penn National had a pool of more than $500,000 on a similar carryover wager.

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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