08/06/2016 10:38PM

Bullets Fever stays perfect in Robert Leavitt Stakes

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The 3-year-old Bullets Fever is now 7 for 7 after winning the Robert Leavitt under Arnaldo Bocachica.

Bullets Fever extended his undefeated streak to seven races with an easy win in Saturday night’s $51,050 Robert Leavitt Stakes for West Virginia-bred 3-year-olds at Charles Town.

The Leavitt was the prep for the $75,000 West Virginia Lottery, a seven-furlong stakes that is part of the West Virginia Breeders Classics card on Oct. 8.

Sent to the front in the seven-furlong, two-turn race by jockey Arnaldo Bocachica, Bullets Fever ($2.80) maintained a half-length  advantage over  Castle Bound through fractions of 24.40 and 47.99 seconds. He pulled clear to defeat Castle Bound by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:24.04. North Atlantic, an uncoupled stablemate of Bullets Fever, finished third, 4 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up. The winning time was 1:24.04.

A son of Fiber Sonde trained by Jeff Runco for owner David Raim, Bullets Fever now has won four stakes and $192,999.

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dale 6 months ago
Bocachica is now the top jockey at Charles Town. For several years, the best jockeys have been Bochachica, Montano, and Acosta. Acosta is the strongest and most athletic of the 3 and has great compassion for a racehorse.    I saw him clearly out run the Charlestown colony from the winners circle back to the saddling area. Bochachica is talented in his own right. He was a terrific apprentice,  and he has continued to  rise to the top - a terrific rider. Montano was unbelievable as well and despite several serious injuries, he is one of the best jockeys to ever ride at Charlestown.