12/16/2012 11:39AM

Charles Town: Queen'o'daball enables trainer to honor late wife in Eleanor Casey Memorial


Thanks to his homebred 2-year-old filly Queen’o’daball, trainer James W. Casey was able to pay tribute to his late wife by winning  the stakes named in her honor Saturday night at Charles Town.

Queen’o’daball ($3.60) rallied from sixth after the first half-mile to draw off to a two-length victory in the $51,100 Eleanor Casey Memorial for West Virginia-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Landon Did It, trained by the Caseys’ son John A. Casey, set a pace of 23.19 and 47.30 seconds before she was passed in the stretch by Queen’o’daball. In a repeat of the West Virginia Futurity three weeks ago, Landon Did It again finished second to Queen’o’daball. It was another three lengths back to Donnameade, a 21-1 longshot who edged That’s Just Dandy by a neck for third. Flirting Song, winner of the Tri-State Futurity last month and the beaten favorite in the West Virginia Futurity, was an early scratch.

Ridden by Antonio Lopez, Queen’o’daball is now 3  for 6 with earnings of $97,007.