10/19/2013 10:20PM

Charles Town: Fred High foils Russell Road's bid for third West Virginia Breeders Classic title

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Fear the Facelift, with J.D. Acosta aboard, dominates the $200,000 Cavada for fillies and mares.

Skeptics likely considered Fred High’s win over Russell Road on a sloppy track last month to be a fluke. After all, Fred High was trounced by both runner-up Russell Road and winner Lucy’s Bob Boy in last year’s West Virginia Breeders Classic and was fourth when Russell Road captured his second Classic title in 2011.

Saturday night at Charles Town, Fred High turned the tables on both Russell Road and Lucy’s Bob Boy to earn the biggest victory of his career in the $500,000 Classic.

Ridden by Wesley Ho for trainer John Robb, the 5-year-old Fred High ($12) ran down Russell Road in the stretch to win the richest of nine stakes on the 27th West Virginia Breeders Classic card for statebreds. He finished three-quarters of a length in front of Russell Road after running 1 1/8 miles in 1:55.01.

Russell Road, who dueled with 3-5 favorite Lucy’s Bob Boy for much of the race, had to settle for second with Clink Clink Clink rallying for third t 53-1. Lucy’s Bob Boy faded on the final turn and finished ninth of 10.

Fred High, beaten 11 1/4 lengths as the sixth-place finisher in last year’s Classic, has now won 8 of 34 starts and $%64,388 for owner Krishack. Last month’s Roger Ramey Handicap was the first stakes victory of his career.

Fear the Facelift much the best in Cavada

Maryland-based trainer Hugh McMahon claimed Fear the Facelift for $40,000 on behalf of Premier Stables Unlimited in mid-June, but three subsequent starts produced only a distant runner-up finish in last month’s Ann Hilton Handicap. The addition of blinkers and the subtraction of first one, and then a second heavy favorite, helped Fear the Facelift return big dividends for her connections.

Sent to the front by jockey J.D. Acosta, the 4-year-old Fear the Facelift cruised to an easy, 12 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Cavada for fillies and mares.

Fear the Facelift ($3.20) ran seven furlongs in 1:27.01 for her first win since she took the 4 1/2-furlong Presidents Day Handicap at Charles Town in February. Her task was made easier when Down Town Allen, the even-money favorite in the track program, was scratched. Shortly before post time, Navy Chapel, who had been bet down to even-money, was a late scratch, reducing the field to just four starters.

It was the second stakes win on the program for Acosta, who rode 3-year-old Hidden Canyon ($2.20) to victory in the seven-furlong West Virginia Lottery, giving trainer Javier Contreras his second stakes victory of the program.

Jockey Antonio Lopez won three of the first four stakes on the card, highlighted by a half-length victory aboard Blisstikus ($14) in the $65,000 West Virginia Division of Tourism for 3-year-old fillies. Jax and Jill faded to sixth as the 1-5 favorite.

Lopez rode the James W. Casey-trained Greenway Court ($3.20) to a 2 3/4-length win in the $65,000 Dash for Cash at 4 1/2 furlongs.

One race later, Lopez and trainer Javier Contreras teamed up with unbeaten Amherst Street ($2.40) to take the 4 1/2-furlong Vincent Moscarelli Memorial for 2-year-olds by 1 3/4 lengths.

In the Fairway ($2.80), winner of last year’s Moscarelli as a 2-year-old, easily handled older rivals, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths in the $65,000 Onion Juice at seven furlongs.

Henny's Princess ($29.60), who needed five starts to clear her maiden condition, rallied to overtake 3-5 Nana Anna and upset the $65,000 Triple Crown Nutrition for 2-year-old fillies.