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Speed Whiz is victorious in Breeders

October 15, 2006|by LARRY YANOS

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - For the second straight year, Speed Whiz captured the featured $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic Saturday night at Charles Town Races and Slots.

Sent postward at odds of 3-2, the 5-year-old thoroughbred covered the mile-and-an-eighth distance in 1:53.40 under jockey Anthony Mawing and returned winning mutuels of $5, $3.20 and $2.60.

Shenandoah Harley was second, followed by King Cohl and Brigader.

The Classic, for 3-year-olds and up, was the highlight of West Virginia Breeders Classics XX.

The huge gathering on hand included Classics CEO and National Football League Hall of Fame member Sam Huff and retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day.

The eight-race card was for West Virginia-bred or sired horses and included mainly horses already stabled at Charles Town.

In the co-feature - the $350,000 Jefferson Security Bank "Cavada" West Virginia Breeders Classic - Julie B rallied and edged Carnival Chrome. Both went postward at even odds.

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The 3-year-old filly covered the 7 furlongs in 1:26.23 and returned winning mutuels of $4.20, $2.20 and $2.20 under jockey Larry Reynolds. It was the second win of the night for both reynolds and owner O'Sullivan Farms.

The "Cavada" was for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.

Both races attracted full 10-horse fields.

There were six other Breeders Classics races on the undercard:

The $100,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders Classic (4 1/2 furlongs) for 2-year-old fillies.

The $100,000 West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders Classic (6 1/2 furlongs) for 2-year-olds.

The $100,000 West Virginia Division of Tourism Breeders Classic (7 furlongs) for 3-year-old fillies.

The $100,000 West Virginia Lottery Breeders Classic (7 furlongs) for 3-year-olds.

The $100,000 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Dash for Cash Breeders Classic (4 1/2 furlongs) for 3-year-olds and up.

The $100,000 West Virginia "Onion Juice" Breeders Classic (7 furlongs) for colts and geldings 3 years old and up.

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