Seven stakes races worth $50,000 or more
Talented local favorite
Down Town Allen returns to start in one of the three featured stakes races.
RIBBON STAKES RACES
Charles Town Oaks $400,000
The Researcher $400,000
Wild and Wonderful $85,000
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What: Race for the Ribbon
When: Saturday at 5 p.m.
CHARLES TOWN — The $400,000 Charles Town Oaks will be the feature race this Saturday when Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races stages another Race for the Ribbon night. The long evening of racing brings to the forefront the continuing battle against breast cancer with the race track presenting three stakes races worth between $85,000 (Wild and Wonderful Stakes) and $400,000. Both the Charles Town Oaks and the Researcher Stakes will present $400,000 purses.
At 5 p.m., the racing card will begin and at the same time a silent auction will start.
The $85,000 Wild and Wonderful Stakes at seven furlongs is scheduled for a 9:15 p.m. post time. At 9:50 p.m., the $400,000 Researcher Stakes at seven furlongs is scheduled.
The silent auction ends at 10 p.m. and then at 10:30 p.m. it is the featured $400,000 Charles Town Oaks, another seven furlong stakes event.
Last year’s winner of the “Oaks” was three-year-old Book Review, who swept around the others in the 10-horse field to win going away by clear daylight.
Book Review was trained at that time by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano and went off at 7-5 odds.
In December of last year, she won in a photo finish at Santa Anita in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs. She had changed hands and was being trained by Boib Baffert.
The daughter of the highly successful stallion, Giant’s Causeway, she moved powerfully through the stretch to catch the pair of leaders, including the 2-5 favorite, My Miss Aurelia, and won by a head in the photo finish.
This year, Book Review has raced four times. She has one win and three seconds for her efforts. Her last race was at Saratoga in August where she stormed through a long stretch run only to be beaten by a head by another thoroughbred with a successful Charles Town background, Dance to Bristol.
The night actually has seven stakes races on the drawn out card.
There are four races that each carry purses of $50,000.
Longest of the four $50,000 races is the seven furlong Pink Ribbon. Three sprints of four-and-a-half furlongs also highlight the docket and they are the Rachel’s Turn for state breds, the Henry Mercer Memorial and the Its Only Money, named after a successful multiple stakes winner at Charles Town.
Racing is slated to begin at 5 p.m. with the Charles Town Oaks given a post time of 10:30 p.m.