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On the weekend between Memorial Day and this Saturday’s

[cleeng_content id="t1" price="0.15" description="Read it now!"]Belmont Stakes in which I’ll Have Another will look to become thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, Charles Town offered a pair of cards with contrasting track conditions.
One night after a series of heavy thunderstorms roared through the Mid-Atlantic region and into New England, Charles Town offered a nine-race card on a quiet night over a fast track.
Saturday’s feature was a two-turn allowance for three-year-olds and up. On a night in which upsets were the norm, the favorite could not prevail in that event.
Pretty Miss Trippi used her early speed to secure good position and then surged to command late to score by a length in 1:19.12 for the 6 1/2-furlongs as the 5-1 fourth choice. The daughter of Trippi is trained by Steven Brown for owner Larry Rabold.
One race earlier on the card a similar result unfolded when Legendary Ridge posted a 5-1 upset in a three-turn allowance for state-bred older runners. Owned and trained by Tim Grams of It’s Only Money fame, Legendary Ridge proved to be prominent throughout and then best at the wire in 1:47.24.
In two earlier events for maiden special weight runners, upsets remained the norm. Safely Stored posted a mild 4-1 upset in a one-turn dash by covering the 4 1/2-fulongs in a solid 53 flat and two races earlier on the card Laurelcove Proposal prevailed as the 5-2 second choice in a three-turn affair by getting the one-mile and one-sixteenth in 1:49.22.
One night earlier weather conditions were taxing on man and
beast and horses, jockeys and fans braved the difficult elements.
Friday night’s feature was a two-turn allowance for older
horses and the race proved to be very formful despite the sloppy track that whittled the field down to only four runners.
Favored Counter Move broke best of all to gain the early advantage through the clubhouse turn and the even-money choice never looked back. Counter Move led the field down the backside and into the far turn through honest fractions of 23.2, 47 and 1:12.4 and held safe CV Eis for a length score in 1:19.40 for the 6 1/2-furlongs for trainer Preston Herbst and owner Kathleen Salony.
Two races earlier on the card Crafty Mary also benefited from her early speed and splashed through the sloppy going to post a two-length score. Crafty Mary set modest fractions after gaining the early advantage and kept Penguin Heart and Tequila N Lime at bay for her first tally for trainer Elizabeth Meehan and owner Rosalind Lloyd.


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