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At the races - Charles Town handicappers got it right

October 28, 2007|By Larry Yanos

The handicappers knew what they were doing last Saturday at Charles Town Races & Slots.

The program for the West Virginia Breeders Classics XXI was impressive. The mutuel payoffs? That's another matter.

It was definitely "chalk night" at Charles Town.

During the eight-race card, favorites won seven races. The only exception was the featured $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic XXI for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, when 12-1 longshot Eastern Delite defeated heavily favored Confucius Say and returned a winning mutuel of $27.00.

The remainder of the card was rather bland:

· We're in the Money won the $100,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders Classic for 2-year-olds at 4 1/2 furlongs - returning a winning mutuel of $5.40.

· B's Gold Rush won the $100,000 West Virginia Division of Tourism Breeders Classic for 3-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs - returning a winning mutuel of $3.00.

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· Gold Standard won the $100,000 West Virginia Lottery Breeders Classic for 3-year-old colts and geldings at 7 furlongs - returning a winning mutuel of $3.00.

· Missacity Lake won the $100,000 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Dash for Cash Breeders Classic for 3-year-olds and up at 4 1/2 furlongs - returning a winning mutuel of $3.80.

· Hello Out There won the $100,000 West Virginia "Onion Juice" Breeders Classic for colts and geldings, 3-year-olds and up at 7 furlongs - returning a winning mutuel of $4.00.

· Carnival Chrome won the $350,000 Jefferson Security Bank "Cavada" West Virginia Breeders Classic for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up at 7 furlongs - returning a winning mutuel of $8.20.

· Lord of Dance won the $100,000 West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders Classic for 2-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs - returning a winning mutuel of $2.80

Pony tales

Maryland Jockey Club officials have applied for 60 days of live racing for the Laurel Park winter meeting which begins Jan. 1, 2008 - 15 fewer racing dates than normal.

Sunday racing will be eliminated, with live racing conducted Wednesday through Saturday with holiday exceptions during the 15-week stand ending April 12.

· The Maryland Jockey Club named Coleman Blind stakes coordinator, replacing Wendy Pensivy.

Blind, a veteran of the Pimlico and Laurel Park racing office for more than 30 years, has been the interim stakes coordinator since the August mini-meet.

The Blind family has a long history in the state. Eddie Blind, Coleman's father, was the starter for 35 years. Coleman Blind's cousin, Eric, replaced Eddie and was the starter for the next 18 years.

· Two regulars in the Maryland jockey colony had mounts Saturday in the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park.

Mario Pino, Maryland's all-time leading rider, was aboard Hard Spun in the $5 million Classic and Ryan Fogelsonger rode Talent Search in the $2 million Sprint for trainer Mark Shuman and owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.

Sixteen other horses nominated to the Breeders' Cup World Championships won graded races in Maryland this year, including Oprah Winney (Barbara Fritchie), Remarkable News (Dixie Handicap) and Precious Kitten (Gallorette).

· The past three winners of the Breeders' Cup World Championships Classic race - Ghostzapper, Saint Liam and Invasor - were chosen Horse of the Year.




Larry Yanos is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His horse racing column runs each Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at larryy@herald-mail.com.

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