Updated on 10/21/2012 7:15AM

Charles Town: Lucy's Bob Boy whips his elders in West Virginia Breeders' Classic

Mike Montgomery
The 3-year-old filly Rita Haywood gives jockey Matt McGowan the first of his two stakes wins on Saturday night's West Virginia Breeders' Classic card in the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

Neither the lack of experience racing beyond seven furlongs nor post 10 proved to be any real obstacle for the 3-year-old gelding Lucy’s Bob Boy.

Facing older horses for just the second time in his career, Lucy’s Bob Boy ($8.20) reeled off his sixth consecutive victory in the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic, the richest race on Saturday night’s card devoted to West Virginia-breds at Charles Town.

The performance by Lucy’s Boy Boy denied the millionaire Russell Road from becoming just the second horse to win the Classic three times. The 6-year-old Russell Road, who won the event last year and in 2009, had to settle for second best as the 4-5 favorite. Allegheny Jack finished third at 6-1.

Owner Michael Farr and trainer Sandra Dono chose to run Lucy’s Bob Boy against older horses in the 1 1/8-mile Classic rather than a softer spot against fellow 3-year-olds for a purse of $85,000.

Lucy’s Bob Boy made the decision look smart when he rolled to an eight-length victory under jockey Gustavo Larrosa, completing the nine furlongs in 1:51.06.

“We had a lot of faith in him,” Dono said. “We felt this was the right time. Last time out he galloped out really strong to the three-eighths pole, and we knew it was time to go in the big race. He has such a big, long stride that he makes it look easy.”

Lucy’s Bob Boy has won 8 of 10 starts, all at Charles Town.

“We proved everybody wrong tonight," said Larrosa, who called it his biggest win in nearly 30 years of riding. "A lot of people doubted us and came up with all kinds of reasons he couldn't win."

Down Town Allen romps in Cavada

The third time proved to be the charm for 5-year-old mare Down Town Allen .

Fifth in 2010 and sixth a year ago, Down Town Allen finally succeeded in the $250,000 Cavada, the richest race for fillies and mares on the all-stakes card.

Sent off the 3-5 favorite on the basis of her victory over defending Cavada champion Silver Heart in the Aug. 11 Sadie Hawkins, Down Town Allen ($3.20) took over the lead from pacesetter Belle of Camden after  a half-mile in 49.12 seconds, opened up a four-length lead coming into the stretch and was 7 1/4 lengths clear  after completing seven furlongs in 1:25.85.

Silver Heart was second as the 8-5 second choice with Belle of Camden finishing third.

Jockey Matt McGowan said Down Town Allen, now 14 for 29 lifetime, has learned that she doesn’t have to race on the lead to be effective. For that, he credits owner-trainer John Casey and assistant Kristy Petty.

“They changed her from being strictly a speed horse,” said McGowan, who earlier on the card won the West Virginia Division of Tourism aboard the 3-year-old filly Rita Haywood.  I'm able to get her to relax. It’s like she’s a different horse.”

In the seven other undercard stakes, all worth $85,000:

Paco Smart ($5.60), the winner of last fall’s Vincent Moscarelli Memorial for 2-year-olds, scored a front-running 3 1/2-length victory in the West Virginia Lottery for 3-year-olds.

Henry the Lover ($3.80), shipping in from his base at Mountaineer Racetrack, held off 12-1 longshot Lady Bobcat Champs by a neck in the Dash for Cash at 4 1/2 furlongs.

In the Fairway ($3.20) won his third straight race in the 6 1/2-furlong Vincent Moscarelli for 2-year-olds.

Rita Haywood ($5.20), beaten as the 2-5 favorite in the local prep a month ago, made amends by posting a two-length victory in the West Virginia Division of Tourism for 3-year-old fillies. Severn Shore, beat Rita Haywood on Sept. 22, finished second as the even-money favorite but was disqualified and placed sixth for causing interference on the first turn of the seven-furlong race.

Waves and Tides ($23.20) was elevated to first when even-money favorite Golden Set was disqualified and placed third for interference in the stretch run of the seven-furlong Onion Juice.

The unbeaten 2-year-old filly Jax and Jill ($2.20) cruised to her fourth straight victory in the 4 1/2-furlong Triple Crown Nutrition.

Buckle Bunny Babe ($3.40), the 3-5 favorite, outfought pacesetter Runaway Brae in the stretch to narrowly prevail in the 1 1/8-mile Distaff for older fillies and mares.