04/15/2015 2:11PM

Charles Town Classic: Eight challenge Shared Belief

Shigeki Kikkawa
Shared Belief has been installed as the 2-5 favorite for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic.

The field for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic grew to nine when entries were taken Wednesday.

The Grade 2 Classic will be run Saturday at 1 1/8 miles. The race will start on the backstretch of the six-furlong Charles Town oval and include three turns. The stretch at Charles Town is just over an eighth of a mile.

Shared Belief, the top-rated older horse in North America, will be a heavy favorite in this seventh running of the Classic. He drew post 4 and has been made the 2-5 morning-line favorite.

Ten for 11 lifetime and a five-time Grade 1 winner, Shared Belief comes into the Classic off victories in the Santa Anita Handicap, San Antonio Invitational, and Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita.

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Shared Belief is trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who will be on hand for the race. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has the mount. Smith won the Charles Town Classic in 2013 and was second last year, both times aboard Game On Dude.

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Shared Belief will carry 123 pounds and concede three to five pounds to his rivals.

Under a three-tier participation incentive written into the conditions of the race, Shared Belief will earn $100,000 for completing the race. The bonus will be split 50-50 between Hollendorfer and Shared Belief’s owners, a syndicate in which sports talk-show host Jim Rome is the principal shareholder.

Moreno, owned by the Southern Equine Stable of Mike Moreno and trained by Eric Guillot, drew post 6 and is the second choice on the line at 7-2. As a Grade 1 winner, he will earn a $50,000 bonus.

Moreno was second, beaten 4 1/4 lengths by Shared Belief, in the Santa Anita Handicap while making his first start following a four-month layoff. He was third, beaten a half-length, last out in the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap.

Cornelio Velasquez will ride at 118 pounds.

The field in post-position order: Looking Cool, a $62,000 claim last out at Gulfstream Park, 30-1; two-time Grade 2 winner Vyjack, 12-1; Street Babe, the winner of the Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds, 15-1; Shared Belief; Page McKenney, who has won Laurel Park stakes in his last two starts, 20-1; Moreno; General a Rod, who won a stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in his debut for Todd Pletcher, 12-1; Warrioroftheroses, 50-1; last year’s Charles Town Classic winner, Imperative, 15-1.

With $150,000 of the purse being distributed in bonuses, the breakdown on the remaining $1.35 million will be: 1st, $783,000; 2nd, $261,000; 3rd, $130,500; 4th, $65,250; 5th, $39,150; 6th, $26,100; 7th through 9th, $15,000 each.

Charles Town Classic

Purse: $1.5 million; Grade 2; 1 1/8 miles

1) Looking Cool, Walter De La Cruz, 118, 30-1
2) Vyjack, Jose Montano, 118, 12-1
3) Street Babe, Joel Rosario, 120, 15-1
4) Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 123, 2-5
5) Page McKenney, Horacio Karamanos, 118, 20-1
6) Moreno, Cornelio Velasquez, 118, 7-2
7) General a Rod, John Velazquez, 118, 12-1
8) Warrioroftheroses, Travis Dunkelberger, 118, 50-1
9) Imperative, Alonso Quinonez, 118, 15-1

Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
$6 Combination ticket on Shared Belief if this race stays on turf. However, if it comes up muddy and the race is switched to Poly, then no bet. I've learned my lesson one too many times. Good luck to all and please wager within your means. Vince P
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
On what planet?
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Watch for craters and moon rocks.
Rickey Cooper More than 1 year ago
Have another drink Vince.
Dale Normanson More than 1 year ago
Poe's Law.
Chris Mattia More than 1 year ago
Nice Field
Dale Normanson More than 1 year ago
For an 80K AW. Take out Shared Belief and this race would nearly lose all Graded Stakes status.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Seeing that WV mandates a minimum payout of $2.20, this will be a show plungers' paradise. I wonder how much will be bet to show on SB?
Marcus Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Tommy, is it ever possible for you to refrain from giving your (typically awful) opinion on a race?
tommy More than 1 year ago
No!! I'm helping you by giving the correct winning tickets !!!!!!!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Which tommy is this anyway?
C Bisquit More than 1 year ago
Tommy likes to cash tickets regardless of the cost. He will come back and say...see I gave you the Tri that paid $11.20 even though it cost me $32 to do so. Tommy, just press the all button. Same effect.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I love Moreno, but he has not peaked in his cycle!! He may get 3rd if he's lucky !!! General A Rod has peaked in his cycle!!! He's not the horse I love to beat shared belief, but he can beat shared belief, if not, he is clearly 2nd !!!!!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
General A Rod is. Serious contender here !!!! The trifecta is shared belief , general a rod / shared belief general a rod / ALL
Frank More than 1 year ago
your trifecta is not even worth the risk (risk/reward). This is just a racing fans race -- sit back and watch poetry in motion!
tommy More than 1 year ago
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
save a couple bucks, drop warriorroses out of the tri picture. Imperative too.