Charles Town offered a Starter Handicap Tournament that attracted over 50 entrants that was eventually split into four divisions this past Saturday night.
In the opening leg, Coltraider lived up to his billing as the 7-5 favorite when he edged 47-1 longshot CV’s Develen by a neck. Call of a Lion, TM’s Treasure, and Go Maire Tu also advanced to the second round slated for March 24.
Then in the second split, Cape Finisterre drew clear as the 9-5 second choice to a three-length score. He led a small contingent that included Run Fat Boy Run, Cape Sable and Main Man Sam into the second round.
Pure Rey easily captured his race when he gained command early before coasting home to a four-length score. Letthebigtimesroll, Etched in Stone, Working Man Blues, and Fort Apache Star also earned berths in the semifinals.
Then in the last division, Albrecht just prevailed as the 7-5 favorite when he edged 2-1 second choice Azicharmyou by a nose. He led a solid group that also included Disco Indy, Evening Concerto, and Preachin Heat. All five of those horses are slated to return for the semifinals.
In races before the Starter Handicap Tournament got underway, Malibu Mambo lived up to her billing as the 2-5 favorite when she stalked the early pacesetter and wore that one down in the lane to win a maiden special weight event for fillies and mares.
One race earlier, Pagan Jewel rallied from well off the pace and five-wide on the far turn to capture a one-turn allowance for state-breds. She overhauled favored Hear Chelsea Roar to score for trainer Anthony Grigsby and owner-breeder Nancy Camp, posting her second victory and pushing her career earnings past $60,000.