01/14/2012 10:26AM

Chaarles Town: Silver Heart, Beware of the Bop renew rivalry

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Silver Heart, winner of the $225,000 Cavada in October, will meet fellow stakes winner Beware of the Bop in Tuesday night's seven-furlong feature.

Silver Heart and Beware of the Bop, a pair of mares with a remarkable combined record of 24 for 52 at Charles Town’s bullring, including stakes wins three months ago on the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic card, renew their rivalry in Tuesday night’s featured eighth race.

The seven-furlong, $31,000 race is open to fillies and mares who have not won two allowance or stakes since Aug. 17, nonwinners of four lifetime, and $32,000 claimers. As West Virginia-breds, Silver Heart’s score in the $225,000 Cavada and Beware to the Bop’s back-to-back stakes wins in the Distaff and My Sister Pearl do not count against their eligibility.

The 7-year-old Silver Heart is based in Maryland with trainer Gary Capuano, but she has made all but two of her 28 lifetime starts at Charles Town to take advantage of her status as a West Virginia-bred. Her 10 wins locally include a one-length tally as the 4-5 favorite in the Oct. 15 Cavada, the richest race for fillies and mares on the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic card.

Almost a month later, Silver Heart was favored at 4-5 again when she attempted to stretch out to 1 1/8 miles in the My Sister Pearl. She stalked pacesetter Beware of the Bop throughout the three-turn race and came up a half-length short.

Beware of the Bop, a 6-year-old trained by Tim Grams, is 14 for 26 locally, including two stakes to close out her 2011 campaign.

Previously Silver Heart defeated Beware of th e Bop by a neck when they met going 6 1/2 furlongs in an allowance last July. As in both of their previous match-ups, Silver Heart and Beware of the Bop will carry equal weight, 117 pounds, on Tuesday night.

Both mares are unraced since Nov. 12. Statistically, Capuano is 10 for his last 24 (42 percent) with horses returning from a break of 61 to 180 days in races between 6 1/2 and seven furlongs. In contrast, Grams is just 3 for 42 (7 percent) in that same category.

The most intriguing of the remaining four entrants is Pretty Miss Trippi, who raced almost exclusively on Polytrack while losing 16 in a row during 2010 and 2011. Transferred to the barn of Steven Brown, Pretty Miss Trippi responded to the switch to dirt at Charles Town by winning a 4 /2-furlong sprint, despite stumbling at the start. She has run well previously going 6 1/2 and seven furlongs on Polytrack.