02/27/2013 9:49AM

Charles Town: Dangerous Vixen earns sloppy victory in Violet Handicap

Coady Photography/Toni Warner
Dangerous Vixen, ridden by Arnaldo Bocachica, scores by 1 1/2 lengths in the Violet Handicap for fillies and mares.

Dangerous Vixen utilized her early speed to splash her way to a front-running 1 1/2-length victory in Tuesday night’s $35,000 Violet Handicap at Charles Town.

Ridden by Arnaldo Bocachica for trainer Bill Starritt, the 4-year-old Desert Vixen ($3.80), the favorite in a field reduced to five fillies and mares by three scratches, bumped with T.M.’s Treasure at the start, but recovered quickly and set comfortable fractions of 23.67 seconds, 48.49, and 1:13.33. She completed seven furlongs over a sloppy, sealed track in 1:26.40.

A daughter of Forest Danger owned by Charles Biggs, Dangerous Vixen is now 6 for 19 lifetime.

Prize Winner, the 8-5 second choice, finished second, 3 ½ lengths clear of T.M.’s Treasure. The top two choices on the morning line, stakes winners Bayonne and Made to Love Her, were among the scratches.