On a stakes-filled card in which legends were potentially made, Charles Town honored one of its longtime legends when the track hosted the Red Legend Stakes.
[cleeng_content id="228366668" description="Read it now!" price="0.15"]In its brief history the Red Legend has been a fitting tribute to the local legend who once visited the winner’s circle nearly 40 times in his career.
II Villano was sent postward as the 6-5 favorite based on his solid third-place effort in the Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park. One start earlier II Villano had captured the Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico so he was developing a knack for showing up for stakes races on the sport’s biggest days.
Flashy Dresser, who had won his first three starts of his career including the Robert Hilton Memorial at Charles Town, was the 5-2 second-choice for owner-trainer Fred Seitz. Flashy Dresser had suffered his lone defeat on the turf at Churchill Downs.
When the gate opened, Sum of the Parts broke best of all and longshot Innocent Man was away well to join him. II Villano appeared to get away in ideal fashion while saving ground along the rail in fourth, but was checked and steadied on the first turn and dropped back a length briefly.
Sum of the Parts led the field through the clubhouse turn and down the backside.
After being checked and steadied, II Villano launched a serious bid down the backside and joined Sum of the Parts heading into the far turn. But Sum of the Parts shook loose from II Villano leaving the quarter pole and then drew clear in the lane to a four-length score. II Villano was clearly second best, with Mr. Handsome a length better than Flashy Dresser.
Trained by Thomas Amoss for the Klaravich Stables, Sum of the Parts has now won all three of his starts this year. II Villano now sports a 1-1-2 slate bankroll from five starts this year for trainer Susan Crowell and owner Chuck Russo. II Villano could not overcome the mild trouble on the firstr turn or the serious speed bias that developed over the course of the evening.
Good Lord put his name squarely in the record book when he established a new track standard for seven furlongs of 1:22.68 by taking the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful Stakes.
In other stakes, Doe notched her fourth win in five starts this year when she captured the $75,000 Lady Charles Town. Immortal Eyes continued his local dominance by taking the $70,000 Charles Town Dash for the third straight year. Down Town Allen captured the $50,000 Fancy Buckles for state-bred fillies and mares, and Lucy’s Bob Boy won the $50,000 Coin Collector Stakes.[/cleeng_content]