One week after the sophomore boys had their chance to shine in the opening round of preps for the upcoming West Virginia Breeders Classics in October, the state-bred fillies had their night in the spotlight on Saturday evening when Charles Town hosted the latest renewal of the Sadie Hawkins Stakes.
On paper the Sadie Hawkins appeared to be a match race between defending Cavada champion Silver Heart and the speedy, defending champion of this event, Down Town Allen. In fact, while Silver Heart was favored through much of the wagering the eventual post time favoritism sided with Down Town Allen at 4-5, while the defending Cavada champion was next at even-money. OK Listen Up was the 8-1 third choice.
Soon after the gate opened in the latest edition of the Sadie Hawkins the two favorites asserted themselves early and they would prove dominant throughout. Silver Heart surged through along the inside
to wrestle the lead away from Down Town Allen through the first turn, but the favorite forged a narrow advantage down the backside and through the far turn and a dramatic showdown appeared imminent.
But Down Town Allen edged clear from Silver Heart through the lane to a two-length score while covering the seven panels in 1:24.69 for her third victory in five starts this year for owner-trainer John Casey. Down Town Allen has now won 13 of 28 lifetime starts and 11 stakes and banked over $535,000 while successfully defending her title in the Sadie Hawkins. Silver Heart settled for second in a good effort for trainer Gary Capuano and will look for revenge in the Cavada two months from now.
One race earlier on the Saturday night card, TM’s Treasure rallied from well off the pace to overhaul 9-5 favorite Parade of Homes for a length victory in a two-turn allowance affair for fillies and mares. A
five-year-old Flatter mare owned and trained by John Stahlin, TM’s Treasure notched her fourth victory in 10 starts this year and now sports a solid 8-8-2 slate and earnings of over $160,000 from 28 lifetime starts.
One race before that, Come Sei Bella (JD Acosta) rebounded from three second-place finishes to start her career by finally attaining her diploma in a two-turn maiden special weight event. A three-year-old Medallist filly trained by Chris Grove, Come Sei Bella covered the 6 1/2 furlongs to 1:20.98 to prevail as the 4-5 favorite in her fourth lifetime try after being handed a trio of shocking upsets to begin her career.
Several races earlier on the card, Ideal Thoughts lived up to her role as the 6-5 favorite in a one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares when she rallied from well off the pace to run down the speedy Miss Smoke for a two-length score in 52.01. The four-year-old daughter of Not For Love trained by Crystal Pickett for owner-breeder Francis Daniel notched her second win in 12 starts this year and now sports a 4-6-4 slate from 23 lifetime tries.