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Charles Town: Stakes winners return from layoffs in Violet Handicap
By Joe DeVivo
Made to Love Her, winner of a $100,000 stakes in Southern California as a 2-year-old, and Bayonne, who captured the Pink Ribbon Stakes last fall, head a group of seven fillies and mares in Tuesday night’s $35,000 Violet Handicap at Charles Town.
Both the 4-year-old Made to Love Her, now based at Penn National with trainer Chuck Simon, and the locally based 5-year-old Bayonne come into Tuesday’s seven-furlong feature following layoffs.
Made to Love, who is 0 for 4 since winning the seven-furlong Moccasin at Betfair Hollywood Park in November 2011, got a freshening after finishing sixth of eight in the six-furlong What a Summer at Laurel Park on Jan. 12. From a limited sampling, Simon shows a 1-for-8 record (13 percent) with horses returning after a break of 31 to 60 days in races between 6 1/2 and seven furlongs.
Bayonne won three straight races during her 10-race campaign in 2012, capped by a one-length score from off the pace in the seven-furlong Pink Ribbon on Sept. 22. She was given a rest following a distant fifth-place finish in the one-mile Geisha at Laurel in late November.
Bayonne’s trainer, Jeff Cramer, is only 1 for 14 with runners returning from a layoff of 61 to 180 days in races at 6 1/2 or seven furlongs. Bayonne does show a best-of-14 half-mile breeze in 48.40 seconds for her comeback. The last time she returned after more than a month on the sidelines, Bayonne romped by 5 1/2 lengths in mid-July.
The two best last-race Beyer Speed Figures in the field belong to Dangerous Vixen (79) and T.M.’s Treasure (77).
The 4-year-old Dangerous Vixen has two wins and a second out of her last four starts, all going seven furlongs.
T.M.’s Treasure, a 6-year-old mare, was beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Dangerous Vixen two starts ago, but rebounded to run well when she rallied to get third, only a length behind runner-up Dangerous Vixen, on Jan. 12, the most recent start for both horses.
The winner of that race, Prize Winner, is also in Tuesday’s field. The Penn National-based Prize Winner regressed when she was asked to stretch out to 1 1/16 miles for the Nellie Morse at Laurel. She is 2 for 2 in her last two starts at seven furlongs to one mile.
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