Owners and trainers throughout the Eastern Panhandle were hoping the Thanksgiving holidays would provide a little more gravy from their runners last week.
Charles Town offered a solid Wednesday card.Oddly enough, none of those four races was captured by the favorite and one of them truly lit up the toteboard.
In the featured race, Empress Hatchepsut rallied from well off the pace to capture an allowance/optional event for fillies and mares as the 4-1 third choice. Trained by David Wells for owner Tigertail Ranch, Empress Hatchepsut notched her third win in 12 starts this year.
Earlier on the card in an allowance dash, Flattering Andy benefited from an early three-way speed duel, advanced four-wide turning for home, surged to command a sixteenth out and held safe the late bid of favored Park Rules to post a 32-1 shocker. Trained by Crystal Pickett for owner-breeder James Arrison, covered the 4 1/2-furlongs in a solid 51.46 for his first win in three starts this year.
Flattering Andy also proved to be the key to happiness for his backers. Not only did he score at 32-1, he also topped a $2182 triple and stunning $18,833.40 superfecta payoff. Park Rules rallied for the place spot, but Report For Duty lasted for third despite being involved in the early, three-way battle for command with Love in the Rain and No Attraction.
Earlier on the card in another allowance for state-bred older runners, Luca’s Wind Dancer posted a 10-1 upset when he sat behind dueling leaders Strawberry Cupcake and Figpenn then advanced three-wide late far turn and overtook them both to score by a length. Trained by Tim Grams for owner Cleil Albrite, Luca’s Wind Dancer notched his second win in 13 starts this year.
Figpenn delivered a gritty and game effort to gain the place spot for trainer Ollie Figgins, III, while 6-5 favorite Strawberry Cupcake weakened in the lane and settled for third for owner-breeder-trainer James W. Casey. Figpenn continued to battle through the lane after being collared by Luca’s Wind Dancer.
Earlier on the program, Margaret High overcame her 10-1 outside status to post a wire-to-wire score in a maiden special weight event for state-bred two-year-old fillies. Trained by Donald Schuler for owner Ed Krishack, Margeret High led throughout to capture the 6 1/2-furlong event.
Donnameade sat just off the early leaders through the first turn and down the backside and launched a serious, three-wide bid on the far turn to secure the place spot. The James Casey-trained homebred has been second in each of her last two starts.