09/05/2006 11:00PM

Charles Town track report


The ultra-consistent filly Carnival Chrome solidified her status as one of the favorites for next month's West Virginia Breeders Classic races at Charles Town by scoring a four-length victory in Saturday's first round of preps.

Carnival Chrome ($3.20), ridden by Dale Whittaker for trainer David Waters, wired the seven-furlong Roger Van Hoozer Memorial in 1:26.12 on Saturday over a sealed track labeled muddy. She was awarded a Beyer Speed Figure of 80 for the win, her sixth victory in seven lifetime starts.

Carnival Chrome's only loss came when she finished third as the 3-5 favorite in last fall's West Virginia Division of Tourism on the Breeders Classic program.

In a seven-furlong prep for males, Hello Out There ($31.40), whose recent form had been dismal, scored a half-length win over Shenandoah Harley in the Robert Hilton Memorial. The winning time was 1:26.18.

Claimed for $10,000 in January by trainer Ronney Brown, Hello Out There won for the first time since taking a second-level allowance with a Beyer Figure of 84 in March. He received a 79 Beyer for his Hilton victory.

Two prominent horses from the 2005 Breeders Classic produced mixed results in the Hilton.

Speed Whiz, winner of last year's $450,000 Classic at 1 1/8 miles, made a five-wide move to take the lead briefly. Although he was overtaken and finished fourth, Speed Whiz earned a favorable "finished strongly" comment from the chart-caller.

Slew's Smile, runner-up to Speed Whiz in the 2005 Classic, displayed only brief speed before fading to 10th and last in the Hilton.

This year's West Virginia Breeders Classics will be held on Oct. 14. Charles Town will hold two more stakes preps each of the next two Saturdays.