11/15/2012 4:00PM

Charles Town: Lucy's Bob Boy enters A Huevo on a roll

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Mike Montgomery
Lucy's Bob Boy goes for his seventh straight win in the A Huevo on Saturday.

The 3-year-old Lucy’s Bob Boy successfully challenged older horses while making his first start beyond seven furlongs in last month’s $450,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic, and he will seek to show his easy victory was no fluke when he clashes with defending champion Plantation and the millionaire Russell Road in Saturday night’s $50,000 A Huevo Stakes at Charles Town.

Lucy’s Bob Boy drew off to an eight-length score, earning a career-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure, in the 1 1/8-mile Breeders Classic on Oct. 20 and will be back at the same distance facing five other West Virginia-breds in the A Huevo. He has reeled off six consecutive wins since May 27 at four different distances between 4 1/2 furlongs and 1 1/8 miles.

The 6-year-old Russell Road will try to make amends for his performance as the distant runner-up at 4-5 odds in the Breeders’ Classic and a dull fourth-place finish as the 1-2 choice in last year’s A Huevo. Russell Road, 22 for 37 with earnings of $1.3 million, also won the 2009 A Huevo by eight lengths and was second at 1-10 odds in 2010.

Trained by James W. Casey, Russell Road may have needed his last start, which was his first race since mid-August. He worked a bullet five furlongs in 59.80 seconds on Nov. 6 as a tune-up for Saturday’s race.

The 5-year-old Plantation will also be making the second start of his form cycle. A year ago, he followed up his third-place finish behind Russell Road in the Breeders Classic with a 3 1/2-length win in the A Huevo. He has raced just twice since then, finishing a distant third in a seven-furlong allowance in early August and winning a seven-furlong allowance against open company by two lengths on Oct. 19.

Based in Maryland with trainer Rodney Jenkins, Plantation is 5 for 9 at Charles Town. Jenkins shows a 7-for-19 record (37 percent) with dirt runners switching from sprints to routes the second time back from a layoff.

The best of the remaining three horses in the field appears to be Son of a Bear. He was third, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Plantation in last year’s A Huevo, and fourth, nine lengths behind Lucy’s Bob Boy, in last month’s Breeders Classic. Although he is a three-time stakes winner, Son of a Bear has never won beyond seven furlongs during his 30-race careeer.