05/24/2012 10:54AM

Charles Town: Navy Chapel must overcome layoff in It's Binn Too Long


Navy Chapel, a three-time stakes winner against West Virginia-breds last season, returns from a lengthy layoff in Saturday night’s $50,000 It’s Binn Too Long at Charles Town.

Although she has been away since finishing third against open company in an allowance at Laurel Park on Jan. 16, Navy Chapel is listed at 1-2 on the track’s morning line against five other 3-year-old West Virginia-bred fillies in the 4 1/2-furlong It’s Binn Too Long.

In five previous starts at her home track, all for trainer Jeff Runco, Navy Chapel has four wins and a second. She is 3 for 3 in short sprints, including the $76,000 Triple Crown Nutrition in last fall’s West Virginia Breeders’ Classic.

Statistically, Runco is 7 for 30 (23 percent) the past two years with horses returning from a break of 61 to 80 days in 4 1/2-furlong races.

The best recent form in the field belongs to Fear the Facelift and Pagan Jewel.

Fear the Facelift, based in Maryland with trainer Donald Barr, needed five tries to clear her maiden condition, then came right back to defeat statebred nonwinners-of-two allowance foes by 3 1/2 lengths on May 4.

Pagan Jewel, beaten 4 3/4 lengths, six lengths, and seven lengths in three tries against Navy Chapel last season, has gotten good lately, winning two of her last three starts. Most recently, Pagan Jewel rallied to finish third against open company on May 9.

She’s a Grand Show, runner-up to Navy Chapel in last fall’s Rachel’s Turn, returned from a 7 1/2-month layoff to finish third in her 3-year-old debut three weeks ago.

Night Time Fun won her career debut, then had to steady in her first try against winners, missing third behind She’s a Grand Show by a neck.