02/16/2005 12:00AM

Charles Town track report


Led by three victories by Angel Quinones and two by Gerald Almodovar, apprentice riders combined to win seven of the 10 races on Sunday's program at Charles Town. Almodovar, the track's fifth-leading rider in 2004, avoided serious injury when he was involved in a three-horse spill on Feb. 6. Unaffected by the incident, Almodovar won 12 races during the five-day racing week, including four last Friday night. With 36 victories heading into Wednesday night's program, Almodovar has twice as many as runner-up Kendrick Carmouche.

* Ronney W. Brown, Charles Town's leading trainer for the last four years, began the season with a modest 6-for-60 record. Brown got hot last week, winning with 5 of 10 starters to leap from fourth to first in the trainer standings. Brown saddled three winners on Sunday's card: Mohegan Warrior ($5.40), Chevis ($3.20), and Monkey Junior ($13).

* Nita Chiquita ($3.20), winner of the Blue Mountain Juvenile in November at Penn National, romped by 16 1/4 lengths in a seven-furlong allowance race last Saturday for her third victory in five career starts. A 3-year-old filly trained by Bruce Kravets, Nita Chiquita earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 67, 19 points higher than her previous best.

* The 6-year-old gelding Transcendent kept two streaks intact when he won a $5,000 claiming sprint off a layoff of nearly two months last Friday. It was Transcendent's fourth consecutive victory and the fourth straight race from which he was claimed. Ronney Brown, who had claimed Transcendent once before, reacquired him from Eddie Householder.