08/14/2001 11:00PM

Charles Town


The switch from a route to a sprint, a sloppy track, and the return of his favorite rider combined to help Rebellious Dreamer snap out of his season-long slump in last Saturday's $40,000 Frank Gall Memorial Handicap at Charles Town.

Rebellious Dreamer ($7), a 5-year-old horse who came into the seven-furlong stakes on a nine-race losing streak that extended to last December, rallied from far back to score a 2 1/2-length victory in the Gall, his sixth career stakes victory at Charles Town.

It was also Rebellious Dreamer's first win since he captured the Blue and Gray Stakes here last November. Both times Justin Kravets was his jockey.

Rebellious Dreamer, trained by John Casey, now has a record of 4-3-1 in nine starts over wet tracks and becomes a contender for the track's biggest race, the West Virginia Breeders' Classic on Oct. 13.

The early Classic favorite, however, remains 3-year-old Confucius Say, who scratched out of the Gall and ran second in the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park earlier Saturday.

* Sarah Gibson, 17, rode the first winner of her career in last Saturday's fourth race, guiding Colorless to a one-length victory in a $2,500 claiming race. Gibson, who will be a senior at Clarke County High School, began riding here last month.