02/02/2005 12:00AM

Charles Town track report


Trainer Mark Fusco may have made a sharp claim when he plucked An Oscar for Bert out of last Friday's second race at Charles Town for $3,500.

An 8-year-old gelding, An Oscar for Bert romped by 14 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile claiming race, earning an 82 Beyer Speed Figure. He will now be eligible for $3,500 starter allowance races for new owner Fred Hart.

Although eight of An Oscar for Bert's victories have come on turf, he is 4 for 13 racing on dirt at Charles Town.

It was the third time in the last five starts that a trainer has claimed An Oscar for Bert. He previously was in the barns of Ernest Haynes, Ronney Brown, and Jeff Runco.

* Brigader, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Frankie Martinez, earned a 95 Beyer for his 8 1/4-length win in a seven-furlong allowance last Friday night. Brigader won the R.G. Leavitt Memorial Stakes last July.

* Pawley's Island, ridden by the meet's leading jockey, Gerald Almodovar, posted a career-best 88 Beyer winning a $3,500 starter allowance at 1 1/16 miles last Friday. A 6-year-old gelding, Pawley's Island is trained by Haynes.

* O I Runaway, making his first start beyond 4 1/2 furlongs, paid $126 when he upset a field of nonwinners-of-three lifetime $10,000 claimers by 1 3/4 lengths going 6 1/2 furlongs last Friday. Ridden by Dayton Slaughter for trainer Patty Burns, O I Runaway won his maiden two starts ago, but trailed throughout in his first start against winners.

* I Runaway combined with 9-1 shot American Toga for a $2 exacta that returned $1,329.60.