10/11/2015 7:58AM

Charitable Annuity scores in West Virginia Breeders' Classic

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The 3-year-old Charitable Annuity, ridden by Antonio Lopez, gives owner Mark Russell and trainer James W. Casey their fourth win since 2009 in the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic.

Owner Mark Russell and trainer James W. Casey won the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic for the fourth time since 2009 on Saturday night at Charles Town. But not with the 9-year-old Russell Road, who failed in his bid to win the richest race for West Virginia-breds for a record fourth time.

Charitable Annuity, a 3-year-old racing beyond seven furlongs for the first time, made up a three-length deficit in deep stretch to register the biggest win of his career in the 1 1/8-mile Classic.

Hidden Canyon, ridden by J.D. Acosta, set fractions of 47.26 and 1:12.85, and still was in front by 1 ½ lengths after a mile in 1:38.50. But Charitable Annuity ($13.80) came charging under Antonio Lopez and drew off to win by 2 3/4 lengths, his sixth victory in nine lifetime starts. Hidden Canyon held off Little Big Sime by a nose for second. The winning time was 1:52.06.

Russell Road and Lucy’s Bob Boy, the first two choices in the wagering, both endured wide, troubled trips. Russell Road, closing in on $2 million in earnings, got bumped at the start, raced three to four wide, was finished after six furlongs and was eased to the wire while finishing ninth of 10 as the 5-2 second choice..

Lucy’s Bob Boy, second in last year’s Classic and the winner in 2012, also was bumped early and was caught three wide for the first two turns in the three-turn race. He was second at the stretch call, but faded to fourth as the 2-1 favorite.

Cuppa Mocha Mojo captures Cavada

The 4-year-old filly Cuppa Mocha Mojo improved her career record to 6 for 8 by winning the $150,000 Cavada for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Jose Montano for trainer David Walters, Cuppa Mocha Mojo ($6.80) held off a fast-finishing Red Hot Diva, the 7-5 favorite, by a half-length, completing seven furlongs in 1:26.02. It was another two lengths back to Pocket Gift, who was the subject of a stewards’ inquiry after bumping Cuppa Mocha Mojo near the eighth pole.

Harlan’s Destiny, the 7-5 morning-line favorite making her first start since May, finished last of seven at 5-2.