Both prestigious races at Charles Town on Friday already know their winners. The three-year-old filly R Adios Jersey (11-2) remained unbeaten in Charles Town Oaks, while Art Collector (13-10) had a lovely trip in Charles Town Classic.
Charles Town Oaks
In G3 race over 7 furlongs for three-year-old fillies, the favourite Caramel Swirl (7-10) experienced a terrible run as on dirt; she wasn’t quick out of the gate, so Junior Alvarado aboard had to urge her to close on the leader, R Adios Jersey (11-2) with Paco Lopez in the saddle. As a result of the manoeuvre, Caramel Swirl went wide the first turn, and even though she managed to almost settle on the second place, the nearer the finish line was, the more they bay filly was getting tired. In the end, she lost so much ground she crossed the wire at fourth place, well-beaten by the winner R Adios Jersey in 1:24.37.
The Georgina Baxter bound filly went to the race for $400,000 as only a black-type winner; however, her quick start ensured her a lovely trip on the front, and as the field turned for home, the Florida born filly extended her lead to 3 and ¼ lengths. Winning a Graded event for the very first, the talented daughter of Adios Charlie seems to have a bright future in front of her.
Pauline’s Pearl (11-1) showed some spark, too, speeding from fifth place to second, while Allworthy (11-1) bagged third place. Inject (8-1), who was quite supported before the race, stalked the leader but faltered in the second turn and finished last of all.
Charles Town Classic
After Caramel Swirl’s flop, William Mott still could bag a Grade win at Charles Town thanks to Art Collector (13-10), who, in the end, delivered his trainer a success by one and half a length. Over a mile and a furlong on a dirt surface, the race for $800,000 was open to the three-year-old and older horses, with Art Collector expected to achieve his second G2 victory. The four-year-old bay reached the first one in Blue Grass Stakes last year, and since then, he managed to strike gold only in Listed company, yet in Charles Town, he shined and looked the champion we once saw in him.
Quick out of the gate, Luis Saez let the colt sit behind Sleepy Eyes Todd (10-1), the last year’s winner of the race, who remained on the top until Art Collector was urged forward. The grey five-year-old was all heart, showing once again he is at his absolute best on this track, but Art Collector’s class was too much for him to handle. Weakening in the last stage, he had to settle for the second place as the William Mott bound bay cruised for the win in 1:49.39. Behind the son of Bernardini and second Sleepy Eyes Todd, Rushie (9-2) finished four lengths back on the third. Warrior’s Charge (5-1) didn’t follow up his fine effort in the Stephen Foster Handicap and beat just one rival here.
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