Charles Town offered the second round of eliminations in its starter handicap tournament that will culminate with a $50,000 championship on Saturday, April 14 on the undercard of the Charles Town Classic.
One thing was certain after the first of the two second-round preliminaries — trainer Scooter Davis appears to hold most of the cards. Pure Rey not only lived up to his billing as the even-money favorite in the seven-furlong affair by romping home four lengths clear, but Davis had a one-two-three finish in the race.
Pure Rey has been the only entry in the final to win both legs of the tournament. Three weeks after winning as the 7-5 favorite, Pure Rey came back on Saturday to lead throughout and take the second round as the even-money favorite.
Davis trainees Run Fat Boy Run and Etched in Stone finished second and third and will head to the final.
Opening round winner Albrecht, considered the top seed in the tournament when the initial draw occurred, earned a spot in the final next month but settled for fourth as Disco Indy, another Davis trainee, led throughout to capture the seven-furlong event.
Disco Indy had finished third behind Albrecht in the opening round, but last Saturday the eight-year-old gelding displayed plenty of early speed and stamina to outlast Azicharmyou.
One race earlier, Candle of Gold delievered a sharp score in her seasonal debut as the 3-1 third choice. Owned, bred, and trained by John McKee, Candle of Gold notched her second straight victory.
Two nights earlier at Charles Town, Princess Aly delivered an impressive performance in her career debut for owner Jeff Runco. She posted a three-length score as the 3-5 choice. City Spin was a solid second in her second start.