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Charles Town likely to add races in November

September 17, 2006|by LARRY YANOS

Charles Town Races & Slots likely will increase its weekly live racing schedule in November to make up for dates lost earlier this year due to inclement weather.

"A final decision hasn't been reached but management and horsemen are discussing the possibilities of adding live racing cards to the first four Wednesday evenings in November," said racing secretary Doug Lamp. "Earlier this year, we missed three full cards and parts of others because of inclement weather."

Normally, Charles Town uses a Thursday through Sunday format in November and December.

In other developments, Lamp said the underpayment (the money in the horsemen's account) still remains around the $1 million mark and that the overall weekly purse distribution is approximately $900,000.

He added that his staff is gearing up for the 20th annual West Virginia Breeders Classic to be held Oct. 7, at the thoroughbred oval.

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"The pre-nominations are starting to trickle in. Things are very light at this time," Lamp said. "The pre-nomination cutoff is not until Oct. 4. I look for another strong field of contenders. Trainers are allowed to cross-enter in more than one race.

Lamp said Speed Whiz, who won the featured race a year ago, recently finished fourth in an allowance race.

Moscarelli Memorial

The Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Handicap, a $100,000 race for 3-year-olds and upwards, was held Saturday at Delaware Park.

Before his death, Moscarelli was considered one of the top horsemen on the East Coast.

He and his wife Suzanne owned Country Roads Farm near Charles Town, W.Va., before moving to a larger farm near Chesapeake City, Md.

Two of Moscarelli's standout horses were Afternoon Deelites and Soul of the Matter.

Afternoon Deelites was the first West Virginia-bred to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

Both Afternoon Deelites and Soul of the Matter competed in the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders Cup.

The two thoroughbreds were born and raised at Country Roads and sent to California where Richard Mandella took over training duties.

Composer Burt Bacharach owned both horses.

Pony tales

Maryland-based jockey Kyle Kaenel has moved his tack to Northern California.

The 18-year-old, who relocated to Maryland from New York, won 15 races from 164 mounts at the major Maryland tracks since late April.

"My dad did well out there and it looks like I'll have more opportunities," said Kaenel, who rode three winners at Pimlico on June 1. "There aren't as many riders in that colony. This room will get more crowded once Delaware shuts down in November."

Kaenel plans on returning to Maryland next spring.

He is the the son of "Cowboy" Jack Kaenel, who won the 1982 Preakness Stakes with Aloma's Ruler.

Diamonds in Style broke a nearly 4-year-old track record for 5 1/2 furlongs in style by winning the Sept. 8 feature at Laurel Park - a $34,000 optional allowance claimer - in 1:02.42, .03 seconds faster than multiple stakes winner Crossing Point ran on Nov. 1, 2002.

The 5-year-old gelding and jockey Jonathan Joyce battled favorite Ironton through brisk fractions before drawing off to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

The son of Diamond paid $12.80 to win.

The victory was number 6,161 for trainer King Leatherbury, third on the all-time list.

Turf star Artie Schiller, a close second last year in Eclipse Award balloting, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Hurricane Hall near Lexington.

The 5-year-old son of El Prado is the second new stallion headed to Hurricane Hall. Last week, Hurricane Hall announced Grade I winner Bellamy Road as the farm's first stallion.

Artie Schiller captured last year's Grade I turf NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile over Leroidesanimaux but finished a close second to him (119-116) in championship balloting for top turf male.

Artie Schiller also captured the 2005 Grade I turf Maker's Mark Mile Stakes at Keeneland and the Grade I turf Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

In a 6-furlong turf race at Belmont Park in his first start, Artie Schiller trailed by 14 1/4 lengths after the first quarter, but got up to win by a neck. Three races later that year, he ran second in the Pilgrim Stakes on grass in his first added-money try.

Bred in Kentucky by Haras Du Mezeray, Artie Schiller retired with 10 wins from 22 races and earnings of $2,088,853. Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, he raced for William Entenmann's Timber Bay Farm and Entenmann's daughter, Denise Walsh.

Race caller Trevor Denman has joined the ESPN announce team for coverage of the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

For the first time in the event's 23-year history, the Breeders' Cup will be televised on ESPN, with additional coverage on many other ESPN platforms.

Denman will work with hosts Chris Fowler and Kenny Mayne, analysts Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss as well as reporters Hank Goldberg, Jeannine Edwards, Joe Tessitore and others.

Denman, a fixture on the Southern California circuit, has been calling the races at Del Mar since 1984. He began calling races in his native South Africa in 1971.

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. 2310, or by e-mail at larryy@herald-mail.com

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