07/05/2006 11:00PM

Charles Town: Cherokee's Boy tough


Cherokee's Boy returns to one of his favorite tracks and cuts back to seven furlongs for the $75,000 Crying for More Stakes at Charles Town.

A winner of 13 races and slightly more than $1 million, the 6-year-old Cherokee's Boy is 8 for 11 at Charles Town. In his last two appearances there, Cherokee's Boy matched his career-best Beyers with a pair of 108's. He takes a distinct class drop after finishing last in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth.

P. Kerney, who scratched out of a pair of stakes last weekend, is a threat to lead wire to wire and is ideally drawn on the rail. He won the seven-furlong Northern Wolf at Laurel in March.

As usual, trainer Scott Lake has a contender. Lake, who has won six stakes already at Charles Town this season, has the sharp sprinter Morine's Victory. He earned a career-best 107 Beyer two starts ago winning the six-furlong Waterford Park Handicap at Mountaineer and tuned up for this start with a solid second-place finish in a money allowance at Charles Town on June 30.