08/15/2013 4:40PM

Charles Town: Lucy’s Bob Boy back home for Frank Gall Memorial


After an unsuccessful road trip to Monmouth Park last month, Lucy’s Bob Boy is back home at Charles Town, where he will be an overwhelming favorite against five other West Virginia-breds in the $50,000 Frank Gall Memorial at seven furlongs.

The 4-year-old Lucy’s Bob Boy saw his five-race winning streak end when he finished fifth of eight in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile. He shows two workouts since July 27, including a bullet three furlongs in 34.80 seconds. His 13-for-16 record locally and five Beyer Speed Figures between 90 and 102 since December make it difficult to pick against him in this spot.

Most of the others in the Gall have been beaten badly by Lucy’s Bob Boy in the past. Rummy’s Command, for example, was five lengths behind Lucy’s Bob Boy as the runner-up in the seven-furlong Confucius Say in April and is just 1 for 15 lifetime at Charles Town.

Golden Set comes off a neck victory over open allowance company. But he has been beaten three times by Lucy’s Bob Boy by margins of 11, 13, and 22 3/4 lengths.

Son of a Bear is 0 for 2 the past two seasons against Lucy’s Bob Boy, but both losses were in longer races. He was the runner-up in last year’s Gall and comes off a victory at 19-1 odds in an open-company allowance race, albeit with a modest 78 Beyer.