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W.Va. Breeders Classics set for Oct. 18 at Charles Town

AT THE RACES --

October 05, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The $1,875,000 West Virginia Breeders Classics will be held Oct. 18 at Charles Town Races & Slots.

All races are open to horses that are West Virginia-bred or -sired and have been nominated to the West Virginia Breeders Classics. Pre-nominations close Wednesday.

The evening will feature nine races -- headed by the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic at 1 1/8 miles and the $500,000 Jefferson Security Bank "Cavada" Breeders Classic at 7 furlongs.

The entire racing card:

$125,000 3-year-old and up fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

$125,000 2-year-old fillies at 4 1/2 furlongs.

$125,000 2-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs.

$125,000 3-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs.

$125,000 3-year-olds at 7 furlongs.

$125,000 3-year-old and up at 4 1/2 furlongs.

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$125,000 3-year-old and up colts and geldings at 7 furlongs.

$500,000 3-year-old and up fillies and mares at 7 furlongs.

$500,000 3-year-old and up at 1 1/8 miles.

The evening of racing concludes three days of activities.

A gala dinner dance is set for Oct. 16, a golf tournament will be held Oct. 17 at the Locust Hill Golf Course and the Breakfast of Champions and the racing card will be presented Oct. 18, with post time at 7:15 p.m.

For more information, check the Web site at WVBC.com.

Four days a week

Charles Town will continue its four-day-a-week racing schedule through the rest of the year.

Live racing at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval is conducted Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon.

The restricted stakes schedule continues Saturday with The Wild and Wonderful, a $100,000 event for 3-year-olds and up at 7 furlongs.

Pony tales

Curlin became the first horse in North America to top $10 million in career earnings when he won the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Sept. 27 at sloppy Belmont Park.

The $450,000 winner's purse pushed Curlin's career bankroll to $10,246,800. Cigar held the mark of $9,999,815, which stood for 12 years.

The next $3 million could come with a victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.

The Jockey Club Gold Cup was a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race, ensuring the winner a spot in the Classic -- and a much anticipated showdown with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown.

In the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Curlin, the 2-5 favorite, beat Wanderin Boy by three-quarters of a length, with Merchant Marine third.

The 4-year-old won the Jockey Club Gold Cup for a second straight year. His other major victories include the Preakness Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic last year, the Dubai World Cup in March and the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga last month.

IEAH Stables will donate a portion of its winnings from the Breeders' Cup World Championships to Breeders' Cup Charities.

IEAH Stables are owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown.

IEAH Stables is expected to start as many as four other horses along with Big Brown in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Those include the 5-year-old Kip Deville and 3-year-old filly Pure Clan, a candidate for the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

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