09/15/2011 11:22AM

Charles Town: Teton Classic tries to one-up his brother in Juvenile


Teton Classic, an impressive winner in his career debut in late July, will attempt to outdo his older brother when he steps up to face stakes company in the $100,000 Charles Town Juvenile, the richest of five supporting stakes on the Race for the Ribbon card featuring the Charles Town Oaks.

Post time for the 11-race program begins an hour earlier than usual at 6 p.m. Eastern. The Juvenile goes as race 7 and begins an all-stakes pick four that culminates with the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks.

A year ago, Teton Classic’s half-brother Unleash the Humor finished second, beaten 9 1/2 lengths, while making his fourth career start in the seven-furlong Charles Town Juvenile. During a 2-for-7 2-year-old campaign, Unleash the Humor also finished third in the Mountaineer Juvenile.

Teton Classic was purchased for $22,000 – a large sum considering his sire Teton Forest stands for just $3,000 – at the OBS sale of 2-year-olds in training this past April. He scored by 5 3/4 lengths as the 2-1 favorite in his first start for trainer Javier Contreras in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race at Charles Town on July 30, earning a 60 Beyer Speed Figure that compares favorably to most of his Saturday night opponents’ best figures. He may not have beaten much, however, as the horses behind him that night have gone a collective 0 for 5 in their next starts.

The most intriguing challengers to Teton Classic appear to be Blings Express, who returns to dirt after back-to-back daylight wins over the synthetic Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs, and the filly Doe, whose 75 Beyer for her 6 1/4-length win two sgtarts ago at Delaware stands out in this group.

Blings Express, one of three horses in the 10-horse field with two wins to their credit, tries to transfer his good synthetic form to dirt while stretching out beyond five furlongs for the first time. His trainer, Tim Hamm, finished fifth with the only horse he has sent to Charles Town the past five years.

Doe, part of an uncoupled entry for Maryland-based trainer Dane Kobiskie, is 2 for 6, but both wins have come when she was running for a claiming tag. She exits a strong second-level optional $60,000 claimer at Delaware, a race where the fourth-place finisher, Good Looking Girl, returned to win an allowance at Timonium with an 81 Beyer.

Doe’s stablemate, the colt Lemon Juice, would be racing for the third time in 18 days and coming back just eight days after rallying from seventh to get second in a first-level optional $50,000 claimer. His best race came two starts ago when he won a conditioned $40,000 claimer with a 69 Beyer.

Also on the undercard:

◗ Fortune Play, winner of an overnight stakes and a second-level optional $62,500 claimer, both at Churchill Downs, the last two times she raced at seven furlongs, looks good in the $75,000 Pink Ribbon for fillies and mares at that same distance. Her chief competition figures to come from Don’tgetsuspicious, whose 4-for-8 record this season includes the $75,000 Daylily at Penn National, and Switching Gears, who held the lead after seven furlongs of a one-mile, second-level optional $40,000 claimer at Hoosier Park last time out.

◗ Shocktime, a dominant winner in her first two career starts in short sprints at Lone Star Park, shortens in distance after flashing high speed and fading going longer in two subsequent starts when she goes just 4 1/2 furlongs in the $75,000 Miss Shenandoah for 2-year-old fillies.

The two fillies Shocktime must fear are Good Looking Girl and Dancing Anna, an uncoupled entry for trainer John Robb. Dancing Anna and Good Looking Girl were three-four in the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont Park, which proved to be a strong race. The winner, Millionreasonswhy, fell a neck short of defeating My Miss Aurelia in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga and runner-up Say a Novena returned to take the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park.

◗ Lucy’s Bob Boy and Allen Did It, who both won their career debuts by more than five lengths, head a group of eight West Virginia-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings in the $50,000 Henry Mercer Memorial. The 4 1/2-furlong stakes is the local prep for the $85,000 Vince Moscarelli Memorial on the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic card on Oct. 15.

◗ Navy Chapel and Shes a Grand Show, who earned near-identical Beyers of 49 and 48 in their maiden victories, top a lineup of 10 West Virginia-bred 2-year-old filies in the $50,000 Rachel’s Turn. The 4 1/2-furlong race is the local prep for the $85,000 Triple Crown Nutrition on Oct. 15.