Although there are no stakes races scheduled for July at Charles Town, the month is filled with allowance races that should prove to be stepping stones to many of the state-bred stakes.
On July 12 in Charles Town, Jax And Jill went postward in a one-turn dash f and did so while being the only three-year-old filly in a group that was not limited to state-breds. Jax And Jill was promptly made the
3-10 favorite and, as usual, did not disappoint.
Jax And Jill broke alertly and was immediately caught in a speed duel with Actin Lucky leaving the chute. But before the fillies reached the opening quarter it was Jax And Jill who had a length lead before rolling by the opener in a crisp 21.1.
Jax And Jill maintained a clear lead through the far turn and then received some moderate encouragement from her rider but the favorite was hardly ever in jeopardy. She maintained a three-length lead to the wire. Jax And Jill is trained by Scott Lake for owner-breeder Robert Cole Jr. She will be among the favorites in several state-bred races for sophomore fillies this summer and fall.
Earlier on the card, Final Heiress lived up to her role as the 2-1 favorite in a maiden special weight dash when she rallied from just off the pace with a three-wide bid to score. Trained by Jeff Runco for owner-breeder New Farm in New Jersey, Final Heiress notched her first win in four starts this year after being unraced at ages two and three.
On July 11 in Charles Town, a trio of allowance races took center stage and two of them proved to be quite formful.
In the first event, Camp Topridge benefited from a fast early tempo and rallied from well off the pace with a strong, four-wide bid to score by a length as an overlooked 12-1 shot. Trained by Ernest Haynes has won 3 of 11 starts this year.
Later on the card, Rise Against lived up to his role as the 8-5 favorite when he gained command soon after the break and led throughout en route to a three-length score. Trained by Hugh McMahon, Rise Against has won two of three starts this year.
Later on the card, Notayankeefan capped the allowance proceedings with a wire-to-wire tally. Trained by Jeff Runco and owned and bred by his Coleswood Farms, Notayankeefan gained command soon after the break and led throughout to a three-length score as the 4-5 favorite. It was the second win in six starts this year for the Runco trainee.