Sprint Festival at Charles Town Races is Saturday

June 20, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The inaugural Sprint Festival will be held Saturday at Charles Town Races & Slots.

The featured $200,000 Charles Town Invitational Dash, a 4 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and upward, will be highlighted by Joey P. The multiple stakes winner will be seeking his first win outside of his native New Jersey, and jockey Travis Dunkelberger has the call.

The main competition for Joey P. could come from Pete's Wonder, who comes off a second-place finish to Ravalo in the Karl Boyes Memorial at Presque Isle Downs.

· The $100,000 Lady Charles Town will feature 10 3-year-old fillies.

Hadavision, coming off a win in the Peach Blossom at Delaware Park, and Casanova Killer, who led at every call except the last in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 16th, will be the likely favorites.


Another starter with stakes experience is Peisinoe. She has competed against some of the top 3-year-old fillies in the country at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park.

· A talent-laden field of 3-year olds will head to post in the $100,000 Red Legend Stakes - the only stakes race on the card to be contested at 7 furlongs.

Trainer Steve Asmussen sends out Devereux, who just missed winning the $100,000 Matt Winn at Churchill in his last start. In addition to Devereux, Indy Joe, Magical Forest and Ghostly Thunder all enter the Red Legend off stakes wins in their most recent efforts. Indy Joe appears the most accomplished, having captured the Rumson last time out while just losing to the highly regarded Lantana Mob in the Grade 3 Hirsch Jacobs.

· The $100,000 West Virginia Sprint Derby, a 4 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-olds, rounds out the stakes card.

Asmussen may also enter Stonestreet Song, who enters the Sprint Derby off a stakes score at Sunland Park.

Post time Saturday is 7:15 p.m.

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