CHARLES TOWN — Six of the best state-bred males were in the spotlight on Saturday night for the $50,000 Frank Gall Memorial Handicap.
The Frank Gall has historically been among the key preps for the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic which typically follows the Cavada. There were six runners for the Frank Gall, while the lone
notable absentee was Russell Road.
While Russell Road bypassed the Frank Gall, defending West Virginia Classic hero Lucy’s Bob Boy was seeking to rebound from a fifth-place effort in the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park last month by tuning up for his Classic title defense with a score in the Gall. For trainer Sandra Dono it was mission accomplished.
Lucy’s Bob Boy wasted little time asserting his superiority as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite. The defending West Virginia Classic champ strolled to command, picked up the tempo down the backside and then drew off as much the best to a six-length score.
Trained by Dono for owner Michael Furr, Lucy’s Bob Boy notched his fifth win from six starts this year. Lucy’s Bob Boy has won 14 of his 17 lifetime races and earned nearly $550,000.
Supreme Ruler rallied from well off the pace to capture an allowance for older horses as the 4-1 third choice. Supreme Ruler notched his second win from seven starts this year. He easily overhauled odds-on favorite Esporon for the five-length score.
Several nights earlier at Charles Town a trio of state-bred runners of both genders were on display in allowance races that their connections are hoping will provide preparation for the West Virginia Breeders Classics night.
Traffic Manager prevailed as
the 4-5 favorite in an allowance for state-bred runners. Trained by Ollie Figgins III for owner Robert Hall, Traffic Manager notched his first win in four
starts this year.
Just A Trick posted a mild 3-1 upset in a dash for state-bred fillies and mares. Bred and trained by John McKee, Just A Trick notched her second win in nine outings this year.
In the last of the trio, Navy Chapel regained her winning ways when she lived up to her billing as the 4-5 favorite in an allowance for state-bred fillies and mares. Trained by Jeff Runco and owned and bred by Coleswood Farms (Runco) and Neil Glasser, Navy Chapel notched her first win in five tries this year.