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Updated on 04/20/2013 9:57PM
Charles Town: Lucy's Bob Boy much the best in Confucius Say
CHARLES TOWN, W. Va. - Lucy’s Bob Boy skipped the big money to go for the easy money.
Eschewing a start in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, the connections of Lucy’s Bob Boy were satisfied to let their 4-year-old gelding continue his domination of West Virginia-breds with a front-running, five-length victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Confucius Say Stakes on the Classic undercard.
Rummy’s Command got up for second with Fred High third.
It was the 11th victory from 14 career starts for Lucy’s Bob Boy and his first stakes success since his eight-length score in the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic last Oct. 20. That race, like the Charles Town Classic, was run at 1 1/8 miles.
Sandra Dono, the trainer of Lucy’s Bob Boy, said she didn’t feel she had the gelding prepped properly to run in the Classic against the likes of Game On Dude and Ron the Greek. Saturday’s race was only his second start of the year.
“He really wasn’t prepped enough for it,” Dono said. “He really needed another race. He had a long break, was off for 100 days. We didn’t have enough in him. Maybe next year.”
Lucy’s Bob Boy dominated his opponents on paper and on the track. Of the $632,977 in the show pool, $506,088 was wagered on Lucy’s Bob Boy. Lucy’s Bob Boy paid $2.20 across the board.
The bridge-jumpers never had an anxious moment as Lucy’s Bob Boy, under regular rider Gustavo Larrosa, made the lead through an opening quarter in 24.79 seconds and maintained a clear advantage through a half-mile in 48.97 seconds, six furlongs in 1:12.45, and he covered seven furlongs in 1:25.05.
“He ran the way we thought he would run,” Dono said. “Gus rode him great. He saved him.”
Though he has made all of his starts at Charles Town, Dono said that Lucy’s Bob Boy would venture to Pimlico for the Grade 3, $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap on Preakness Day.
Down Town Allen uncatchable in Original Gold
John Casey, the owner and trainer of Down Town Allen, said his mare got good at the end of last year because she learned how to rate.
But in Saturday’s $50,000 Original Gold Stakes, it was Down Town Allen’s speed that proved her best weapon as she galloped to a front-running 3 1/2-length victory over a speed-favoring Charles Town surface.
Under Matt McGowan, Down Town Allen used her advantage as the primary speed horse to set comfortable fractions and then had plenty left with which to finish as she won for the 16th time in 31 career starts. It was her fifth straight victory and her first, in this, her 6-year-old campaign.
“I wasn’t sure she was fit enough, but she ran great,” said Casey, who was bringing the mare back off a five-month layoff. “She rates a lot better now and he doesn’t have to fight her.”
He is McGowan, who said he wanted a forward position early with Down Town Allen and was able to secure a clear advantage through a quarter in 24.22 seconds. She did get some mild pressure from Runaway Brae, but that filly couldn’t keep after a half-mile in 47.92.
Autumn Affair, a 48-1 shot, who chased the pace, finished second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Runaway Brae.
“Definitely I wanted to let her come away from there, not so much dominate but I wanted to put her in the front group at least,” McGowan said. “When she broke and she was relaxed underneath me I was happy with where we were at the first half and had tons of horse the second half.”
Free World dominates Robert Hilton Memorial
Free World easily handled his first stakes assignment by cruising to a 6 1/2-length victory in the $85,000 Robert Hilton Memorial for 3-year-olds.
After racing exclusively in Louisiana in his first five starts, Free World ($4) shipped to Charles Town for the seven-furlong Hilton. He was pressured throughout early fractions of 22.90 and 46.24 seconds, and was just a half-length in front of 9-5 second choice Ronson and locally based My Jordan after a half-mile. Jockey Jose Lezcano allowed Free World to open up coming around the turn and he increased his advantage to win comfortably. Free World completed the distance in 1:24.95 for his third win in 6 career starts for trainer Tom Amoss and owner Maggi Moss.
“The horse broke very good and was feeling very good,” said Lezcano, who was riding at Charles Town for the first time on his 28th birthday. “I wanted to feel the track and let him break good, and I held my position and when I asked he kicked good. When I asked him, he really opened up.”
Runner-up Honour the Vow was clearly second best, finishing 7 3/4 lengths clear of Yougotthatgoinforu, who won a three-horse photo for third. Ronson, making his first start on dirt after three good performances on Polytrack, wound up fifth in the six-horse field.
Fearsome foils Immortal Eyes in Dash
Fearsome, who began 2013 running for a $15,000 claiming tag, outran two-time defending champion Immortal Eyes to earn his first stakes victory in the $50,000 Webb Snyder Charles Town Dash Handicap.
The 4-year-old Fearsome ($6.60) gave jockey J.D. Acosta his third win of the program when he wired the field to score by three lengths. He covered 4 1/2 furlongs in 50.67 seconds.
Immortal Eyes broke cleanly, but was outrun early and lost valuable ground when jockey Travis Dunkelberger had to check in traffic and his mount dropped back to last. Immortal Eyes made a six-wide charge around the turn and did well to finish second as the 6-5 favorite.
Yukon Wildcat nosed out Jasizzle for third.
Fearsome, a son of Speightstown trained by Hugh McMahon for Winners Circle Partners X, is now 6 for 15 lifetime and 3 for 3 at Charles Town.
- additional reporting by Joe DeVivo
Correction Lucys Bob Boy had $611587 to show on him out of $632,977-the amount you posted is after the 17 % take-out. The racing form shows the actual pool on the bottom but the pools on the horses already have the takeout imposed above next to their trainers names. anyway do you really think the other 5 horses all double digit longshots had a total of $126,889 spread out on them if he "only "had $506,088 bet on him??