While much of the nation’s attention focused on I’ll Have Another’s failed bid to become thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner when he scratched out of the Belmont Stakes and was subsequently retired, local owners and trainers were content to earn their share of minor spoils in overnight events at Charles Town.
With most of the stakes races this month already earmarked for June 30, last Saturday evening’s card offered the usual array of claimers and maiden special weight events.
In the opening race on the card, Snow Princess posted a mild 5-1 upset in a one-turn maiden special weight event for two-year-olds of both genders. The freshman filly is trained by John “Jerry” Robb for owner Tim O’Donohue.
Two races later on the card favored Fooled By Fools rallied from well off the pace to post a three-length score in a two-turn maiden special weight event for three-year-olds and up. Trained by Tim Tullock, Jr. for owner Everest Stables, Fooled By Fools covered the 6 1/2-furlongs in 1;22.07 for his diploma.
Then past the midway point of the program, Patriottown lived up to his role as the 4-5 favorite in a two-turn maiden special weight event for three-year-olds and up when he outfought Yukon Special for a neck victory in 1:28.80 for trainer Ollie Figgins, III and owner Henry Waring.
That same afternoon at Belmont Park, several horses that may be arriving here for the $400,000 Red Legend went postward in the $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes at seven furlongs.
Trinniberg, who was trounced while 17th in the Kentucky Derby, rebounded from that effort to capture the Woody Stephens by two lengths in 1:22.26 for the seven panels. Currency Swap pressed the leader throughout and lasted for the place spot. Either of those colts would be a welcome site for the Red Legend later this month and would help push the race toward graded status in the near future.
Two races earlier on the same Belmont card, Caixa Eletronica rallied from well off the pace with an explosive late kick to capture the Grade II, $400,000 True North Handicap. Two starts earlier Caixa Eletronica rallied from midpack to prevail in the Grade II, $1 million Charles Town Classic and he was most recently fourth in the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day at Belmont.
One night earlier at Charles Town, Camdens Favorite lived up to her role as the 9-5 favorite when she rallied from just off the pace to capture a two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares by a length in 1:30 for the seven panels.
Two races earlier on the card, Clink Clink Clink posted a 20-1 shocker in a two-turn affair for state-bred sophomores when he rallied from midpack and surged to command turning for home and drew clear late to a two-length score in 1:28.52.
One night earlier at Charles Town the focus was clearly on distance races as the track offered a pair of three-turn allowance
features toward the end of the card.
In a one-mile and one-eighth affair for three-year-olds and up, Turf Count posted a modest 5-1 upset when he sat just off Bob Bob’s Boy through the first three-quarters, surged to command between horses and held safe longshot Luca’s Wind Dancer to score by nearly a length in 1:55.53 for the nine furlongs.
One race earlier on the card, Shefoggedmyglasses also posted a 5-1 upset in a three-turn allowance for fillies and mares by outlasting favored Screaming Regal to score by a neck in 1:49.33 for the one-mile and one-sixteenth distance.