02/11/2012 1:41PM

Charles Town: Silver Heart faces new competition in overnight handicap


Three new challengers, including a pair from Kentucky attempting to transfer good form on Polytrack to dirt, step forward against Charles Town’s reigning queen Silver Heart in Tuesday night’s featured $35,000 overnight handicap for fillies and mares going seven furlongs.

Victoryatlast, 2 for 2 since arriving at Charles Town after an unsuccessful string of turf races in Florida and New York, gets a class test following a pair of hand-ridden victories against conditioned allowance foes. Networking, a 4-year-old filly who put together a five-race winning streak in 2011, and the 5-year-old Hot Hot Mama, a stakes winner in West Virginia last season, both ship in from Turfway Park.

All three will be facing Silver Heart for the first time. The 7-year-old Silver Heart is based in Maryland with trainer Gary Capuano, but 11 of her 12 career victories have come over Charles Town’s bullring, including the $225,000 Cavada, the richest race for fillies and mares on the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic program in October.

Although Silver Heart must shoulder high weight of 124 pounds in Tuesday’s eighth race, she is conceding only two to four pounds to her main rivals, including Pretty Miss Trippi, who came up a head shy while racing at equal weights with Silver Heart on Jan. 17.

Victoryatlast has looked good in her first two starts for trainer Ollie Figgins III, defeating nonwinners-of-three-lifetime allowance competition in a pair of races contested in the mud. There could be a wet track once again Tuesday night, based on a forecast that calls for rain and snow showers.

Networking rose in class from $7,500 in July to $40,000 at Churchill Downs in November during her 2011 winning streak. Claimed by high-percentage trainer Woodard out of her four-length score for $40,000, Networking makes her Charles Town debut following a pair of good efforts on Polytrack.

Hot Hot Mama won the $75,000 Ohio Valley Handicap over a sloppy track at Mountaineer last May. She comes into Tuesday’s race off a career-best 91 Beyer Speed Figure earned for a runner-up effort in the six-furlong Wishing Well at Turfway. Hot Hot Mama fits well in this spot, based on her win in a similar overnight handicap going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt at Ellis Park in early September.