Breeders’ Classic headlines 9 stakes races Saturday night in Charles Town

Saturday evening will mark the 26th annual running of the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic … and that $500,000 stakes event at one mile-and-one-eighth will be the final race on a card filled with eight other stakes races.

The James W. Casey trainee, Russell Road, was the 2011 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic winner and is a likely entry in one of this weekend’s many stakes events.

The annual Cavada Stakes for fillies and mares going seven furlongs is the second-richest race on the card with its $250,000 purse.

There will be seven stakes races on the night’s undercard with each carrying an $85,000 purse.

The West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Stakes is for 2-year-old fillies going 4 1/2 furlongs. The Vincent Moscarelli Memorial will be contested by 2-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Three-year-old fillies will vie for the lion’s share of the $85,000 purse in the West Virginia Division of Tourism Stakes at seven furlongs.

Three-year-olds will get the call to the post in the seven-furlong West Virginia Lottery Stakes. West Virginia “Dash for Cash” entries go at it in Charles Town’s signature distance of 4 1/2 furlongs.. That race is for three-year-olds and up. Three-year-olds and up going seven furlongs are featured in the WVTBA Onion Juice Stakes. The Breeders’ Classic Distaff for fillies and mares is at the same distance as the Classic at one mile-and-one-eighth.

Nine stakes. Led by the heralded West Virginia Breeders’ Classic and the Cavada Breeders’ Classic.

Over $1 million ($1,345,000) in purses to be doled out by midnight.

It’s the 26th annual Breeders’ Classic night. And its West Virginia’s second-richest day of racing this year.

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