06/30/2012 10:56PM

Charles Town: Sum of the Parts proves versatility by taking Red Legend

Mike Montgomery
Sum of the Parts, ridden by Leandro Goncalves, improves to 3 for 3 this season by taking the $400,000 Red Legend.

Clearly, the type of surface Sum of the Parts races on doesn’t matter. He can win on anything.

After launching his 3-year-old campaign with an easy score on Polytrack at Keeneland and a photo-finish victory in a six-furlong stakes on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs, Sum of the Parts shipped to Charles Town and conquered his seven 3-year-old rivals on dirt in Saturday night’s $400,000 Red Legend Stakes.

Kentucky-based jockey Leandro Goncalves, who swept the two biggest races on the six-stakes card, put Sum of the Parts ($15.80) on the lead in the seven-furlong Red Legend and he opened up a two-length advantage. By the time he reached the top of the stretch in the two-turn race, Sum of the Parts was in front by three lengths and he cruised home to win in 1:23.98.

A son of Speightstown trained by Tom Amoss for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, Sum of the Parts has now won 4 of 8 starts.

“Tom has been training him on a six-furlong training track, so he was prepped for the turns and the dirt," said Goncalves, who also won the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful aboard front-running Good Lord. "The only thing I was concerned about was the seven-eighths but I knew Tom would have him no less than 110 percent.”

Il Villano, who inherited the role of favorite when morning-line choice Hansen scratched to run in the Iowa Derby, finished second at 6-5, 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner. Mr. Handsome was a distant third at 25-1.

The all-stakes pick four returned $779.90 for a 50-cent wager.

Kentucky shipper Good Lord, who failed to display early speed in any of his five previous starts this season, broke the track record for seven furlongs in a front-running win in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful.

Ridden for the first time by Goncalves, the 5-year-old Good Lord ($24) ran the distance in 1:22.68, erasing the mark of 1:23.29 set by P. Kerney on July 8, 2006.

The win snapped a 12-race losing streak for Good Lord, who races for trainer Forrest Kaelin and owners Thomas Shank and Stan Young. A year ago, Good Lord was fourth in the Wild and Wonderful trying to come from off the pace. He most recently finished fourth of seven in the Grade 3 Aristides at his home track, Churchill Downs.

Goncalves admitted he was surprised to find himself in front early.

“I didn't expect to be there," Goncalves said. "My instructions were to lay third or fourth but he got the lead and controlled it the whole way.”

Good Lord finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of runner-up Bandbox, the even-money favorite on the basis of his second-place finish in the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap.

Locally based millionaire West Virginia-bred, third in this same race each of the past two years, missed by a neck of matching that feat and had to settle for fourth this time.

Doe, claimed two starts ago for $40,000, made it two straight stakes wins for her new connections by taking the $75,000 Lady Charles Town for 3-year-old fillies.

Sent to the front by first-time rider J.D. Acosta, Doe ($5.60) was challenged by Jazzy Idea, a two-time stakes winner on turf this season, in the stretch, but Doe dug down and re-rallied to win the seven-furlong race by one length in 1:24.42.

Doe now races for trainer Wayne Cole and owner  Carmen Micucucio Jr.and is 6 for 17 lifetime.

The 7-year-old Immoral Eyes ($5.60) captured the $70,000 Charles Town Dash for the third straight year. Ridden by Travis Dunkelberger for trainer Damon Diodovico, Immortal Eyes is now 7 for 8 lifetime at Charles Town. He ran the 4 1/2 furlong in 50.50 seconds, just ..41 of a second off the track record he set in April 2011, in winning by 1 1/2 lengths.

Joe Hollywood, the even-money favorite, broke sluggishly and finished seventh of eight.

Down Town Allen ($2.40) easily repeated in the $50,000 Fancy Buckles for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares, scoring by 4 1/2 lengths. Now 11 for 24 lifetime at Charles Town, the 5-year-old Down Town Allen ran 4 1/2 furlongs in 50.67 seconds while ridden by Matt McGowan for trainer-owner John A. Casey.

Lucy’s Bob Boy ($3.60) won for the fourth time in six career starts by taking the $50,000 Coin Collector for West Virginia-bred 3-year-olds by 2 3/4 lengths. The winning time for 4 1/2 furlongs was 51.60 seconds. Gustavo Larrosa rode Lucy’s Bob Boy for trainer Sandra Dono.


Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
THX HRTV for both those winners well done-lolk-DS
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
anyone watching hrtv could have picked up both goncalves,s winners-lolk-DS