12/13/2012 3:19PM

Charles Town: Eleanor Casey Memorial may stay in the family

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Mike Montgomery
Flirting Song wins the Tri-State Futurity at Charles Town.

The late Eleanor Casey’s husband and one of her sons will try to become the first one in their family to win the stakes named in her honor on Saturday night at Charles Town.

James W. Casey, who founded the family’s Taylor Mountain Farm with his wife in the early 1960s, will saddle favored Queen’o’daball in Saturday night’s $50,000 Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes for West Virginia-bred 2-year-old fillies. Son John A. Casey, who manages the farm, will saddle the uncoupled entry of Landon Did It and I Did It That Time in the two-turn, seven-furlong race.

Three years ago, the younger Casey looked primed to win the stakes named for his mother, who died at age 74 in July 2005 when she had a heart attack shortly after falling and breaking her hip on the track when a loose horse came her way during morning training hours. In the 2009 race, John Casey sent out Down Town Allen, who had the lead at the stretch call, only to fade to third as the 1-10 favorite.

Queen’o’daball won’t be as heavily favored for James W. Casey, but she will be a far shorter price than the 9-1 she was when she came from off the pace to take the fillies division of the West Virginia Futurity by 5 3/4 lengths two weeks ago.

Landon Did It looks like the stronger of John Casey’s two fillies. Both ran against Queen’o’daball on Dec. 1, with Landon Did It finishing second, more than 10 lengths in front of fourth-place I Did It That Time.

Landon Did It will have to overcome post 9 on Saturday night. She will be one slot outside her stablemate and two spots outside Queen’o’daball.

Two fillies who failed to fire their best shots as the first two betting choices on Dec. 1 will challenge Queen’o’daball again. Flirting Song, winner of the Tri-State Futurity on Nov. 10, was beaten 27 1/2 lengths as the 6-5 favorite in the West Virginia Futurity. The only horse she beat, Dixieland Silk, was last of seven, 34 1/2 lengths behind Queen’o’daball. She was just 1 3/4 lengths behind Flirting Song in her first two try around two turns in the Tri-State Futurity.