10/13/2011 12:48PM

Charles Town: Silver Heart fills in for sister in Cavada Breeders' Classic

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Silver Heart has an edge in Beyer Speed Figures on her opponents in the Cavada Breeders' Classic.

Two recent subpar comeback races following a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap last February knocked Aspenglow out of consideration for a title defense in the $250,000 West Virginia Cavada Breeders’ Classic for fillies and mares, the richest of eight stakes supporting the featured $500,000 Classic on Saturday night’s 25th annual West Virginia Breeders’ Classic card at Charles Town. But owner Nancy Terhune and trainer Gary Capuano have a capable back-up in Aspenglow’s older half-sister Silver Heart.

Third behind her sibling in last year’s Cavada, the 6-year-old Silver Heart comes into the seven-furlong Cavada (race 7) off a near-miss in the seven-furlong Maryland Million Distaff Handicap two weeks ago.

Her previous two races, both at Charles Town, produced a pair of victories. In her last three starts, Silver Heart has put up Beyers of 81-89-77 that look good compared with her nine rivals in the Cavada. Seven of the the horses she will face are coming off Beyers between 64 and 72.

Capuano said that looking at the speed in the Cavada lineup, Silver Heart should get ample pace for her closing kick.

“She’s going real good right now and is at the top of her game,” Capuano said. “The way the race looks, it may set up very well for her.”

Silver Heart’s most dangerous foe may be the 7-year-old Natures Annuity, who is taking her fourth crack at the Cavada. She was third in 2008, second by a nose in 2009, and second by 1 1/4 lengths last year. Natures Annuity is officially 0 for 5 this season, but comes off a 6 1/2-furlong race in which she crossed the finish line first by a nose, but was disqualified and placed second for interference in the stretch.

In other stakes on the card:

◗ Henry the Lover romped by 10 1/4 lengths in last year’s Onion Juice, so he might seem like a lock in Friday’s edition of the $85,000, seven-furlong sprint (race 1). But Henry the Lover has run only twice this season and his Beyers of 61 and 70 are a far cry from the 90 he posted winning the 2010 Onion Juice.

Rummy’s Command may be a live longshot. Although 0 for 10 at Charles Town, Rummy’s Command has mainly been facing open company and shows three Beyers between 79 and 82 since February, figures that might very well be good enough in this spot.

◗ Coleman Barricks and Just Fuhr Real, both coming off a maiden victory, are the only 2-year-olds with a win going around two turns in the $85,000 Vincent Moscarelli Memorial at 6 1/2 furlongs (race 2).

◗ Navy Chapel, whose 2-for-2 record includes a 5 1/4-length romp in the Rachel’s Turn, looks like a standout inthe $85,000 Triple Crown Nutrition for 2-year-old fillies going 4 1/2 furlongs (race 3).

◗ Aaron’s Way, whose five-race unbeaten streak ended when he finished second by three-quarters of a length to Golden Set in an allowance last month, will try to turn the tables when the two 3-year-olds meet again in the $85,000 West Virginia Lottery at seven furlongs (race 4).

◗ Owner-trainer Bill McDaniel, 81, put up $8,500 to supplement Tup Take’ Please to the $85,000 Dash for Cash and hopes his faith in the 5-year-old horse will be rewarded in the 4 1/2- furlong sprint (race 5). Tup Take’ Please has posted four straight Beyers between 85 and 87, including the first stakes win of McDaniel’s career in the Aug. 20 Frank Gall.

◗ Blushing B.J. and Princess Cecelia, who have met three times over the past two seasons, continue their rivalry in the $85,000 West Virginia Division of Tourism for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs (race 6). Most recently, Blushing B.J. defeated Princess Cecelia by two lengths over a sloppy track in the Sylvia Bishop Memorial in late August.

◗ Beware of the Bop, 12 for 24 at Charles Town, will attempt to stretch out from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles in the $85,000 Distaff (race 9). In her only previous try going nine furlongs, Beware of the Bop finished second by a half-length in November 2009.