This Saturday night Charles Town will offer its lucrative Summer Sprintfest with nearly $1 million up for grabs in a half-dozen stakes, topped by the fifth renewal of the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes .
Recently, those who enjoy pure speedballs were energized by the efforts of two horses in particular in the Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on the day the Belmont Stakes was held.
In fact, the three top finishers in the Woody Stephens are among the nominees for the Red Legend, and though the winner is not likely to arrive several others just might.
Trinniberg enhanced his reputation as the best sophomore sprinter in the land by winning the Woody Stephens. Trinniberg, who was 17th while out of his element in the nine furlong Kentucky Derby, notched his third straight sprint stakes in the Woody Stephens.
While Trinniberg might be headed elsewhere this summer, Woody Stephens’ runner-up Currency Swap should find the Red Legend an ideal spot. Most colts in the Woody Stephens would probably like to avoid Trinniberg throughout the summer and fall before the Breeders’ Cup, so if Trinniberg does not have plans for the Red Legend then Currency Swap would feast in his absence.
Hansen, last year’s champion two-year-old colt, is also among the nominees for the Red Legend and would be a welcome addition to the race. The seven furlongs of the Red Legend could be just right for the gray horse. Both Hansen and Currency Swap won Grade I races at age two.
Other potential runners for the Red Legend include Flashy Dresser, winner of the Hilton Memorial at Charles Town in April, II Vilano who was third in the Woody Stephens, Hierro who won the Derby Trial, and Teeth of the Dog who won the Easy Goer on the Belmont Stakes afternoon undercard.
Five other stakes will offer a solid supporting cast for the Red Legend, including a trio of open stakes.
The Wild and Wonderful at seven furlongs for older horses is joined by the Lady Charles Town for three-year-old fillies and the Charles Town Dash as three open events.
The Coin Collector and the Fancy Buckles are for West Virginia-breds.
The Charles Town Dash is now a 4 1/2 furlong sprint. Defending champion Immortal Eyes has the track record at that distance with a time of 50.09. Owner Robert Abbo and trainer Damon Dilodivio will return Immortal Eyes to the race on Saturday.
The Wild and Wonderful is an open race while both the Coin Collector and the Fancy Buckles are restricted to West Virginia-breds.
The Lady Charles Town is a seven-furlong sprint. The Fancy Buckles is contested at 4 1/2 furlongs.
Post time for the first race on Summer Sprintfest Saturday is 7:15 p.m.