10/08/2016 9:19PM

Bullets Fever remains unbeaten in eight starts by taking West Virginia Lottery

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Arnaldo Bocachica guides the 3-year-old Bullets Fever to a 1 1/4-length victory in the West Virginia Lottery.

Bullets Fever kept his career unbeaten streak alive winning the $67,500 West Virginia Lottery Breeders’ Classic by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday night at Charles Town.

The 3-year-old Bullets Fever, bred by John McKee, owned by David Raim, and trained by Jeff Runco, now has raced eight times and won eight times. He went 3 for 3 as a 2-year-old and now has won all six of his races at age 3. Bullets Fever has won six times at Charles Town but also has triumphed at Pimlico and Mountaineer; twice he has won open races, and six times he has defeated West Virginia-breds.

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Bullets Fever and jockey Arnaldo Bocachica got a perfect trip pressing two wide outside pacesetting longshot Cat Come Home, taking the lead before the top of the stretch and holding firm to the wire. Bullets Fever ($3) ran seven furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:25.69. Allen’s Castle finished second and Ellie’s Lil Man was third. Bullets Fever is by Fiber Sonde out of the Indian Charlie mare Ghost Canyon.

Follow the Notion won his stakes debut in the $72,000 Onion Juice Breeders’ Classic, skimming the fence around both turns under Jose Montano before coming out for a decisive stretch move. Bred, owned, and trained by Gary Williams, Follow the Notion beat Help a Brother by a half-length, with odds-on favorite In the Fairway another half-length behind in third. A 5-year-old gelding by Great Notion, Follow the Notion paid $14.40 to win and was timed in 1:25.38 for seven furlongs on a sloppy track.

Spa Creek, beaten a head in this same race last year, left no doubt of her superiority this year in the $75,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Distaff. Spa Creek, trained by Jeff Runco and ridden by Christian Hiraldo, took command of the 1 1/8-mile race about three furlongs out and ran by herself to the wire. The 6-year-old Spa Creek, a daughter of Smoke Glacken, paid $6.60 to win.

Runnin’toluvya, making an early move to the lead on the backstretch, won the $67,500 Vincent Moscarelli Memorial by one length over Anywhere But Here. The favored Unrideabull pressed the pace but had no response when the winner moved and faded to fifth. Runnin’toluvya, a 2-year-old by Fiber Sonde trained and owned by Timothy Grams, paid $9 and ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:19.62.

Greenway Court ($6.40) won the $54,000 Dash for Cash for the second year in a row, closing stoutly the final half-furlong to win by a half-length.